Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho in frosty exchange at Manchester United training

Mourinho confirmed after United's defeat to Derby that Pogba would no longer captain the side

Ben Burrows
Wednesday 26 September 2018 12:32
Jose Mourinho in profile

The ongoing differences between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba show no sign of ceasing after the two were pictured in an extremely frosty exchange at training on Wednesday.

United were eliminated from the EFL Cup on Tuesday night by Frank Lampard's second-tier Derby County at Old Trafford, with Pogba watching on from the stands.

The hours leading up to kick-off were dominated by news that Mourinho had told Pogba that he would no longer captain the side ahead of the game, following his recent criticism of United's playing style.

Pogba had stood in for club captain Antonio Valencia on several occasions already this season, but Mourinho confirmed after United's defeat that would no longer be the case.

And it appears that relations are yet to thaw with the two spotted looking less than friendly during training on Wednesday.

When asked on Tuesday night whether he and the midfielder had fallen out, Mourinho said: "No. The only truth is that I made a decision of Paul not to be the second captain anymore.

"But no fall-out. No problems at all. The same person that decides Paul is not the second captain anymore is the same person that decides that Paul was the second captain - myself."

Mourinho, who did not hold a post-match press conference as EFL Cup rules do not require him to do so, suggested he would not expand on the reasons behind his decision if asked.

"I am the manager, I can make these decisions," he added. "No fall-out at all. No problems. Just one decision that I don't have to explain."

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