Paul Pogba claimed to have celebrated Jose Mourinho's Manchester United sacking: 'He f***ed with the wrong baller!'

Mourinho was sacked as Red Devils boss on Tuesday morning bringing to an end a two-and-a-half year spell at the club

Thursday 20 December 2018 08:33
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Paul Pogba celebrated Jose Mourinho's sacking at Manchester United and shouted "he f***ed with the wrong baller", it has been claimed.

Mourinho was sacked as Red Devils boss on Tuesday morning bringing to an end a two-and-a-half year spell at the club with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer subsequently being appointed as interim manager until the end of the season.

Pogba posted "Caption this!" alongside a picture of himself adopting a knowing look on social media in the immediate wake of ​the move before hastily deleting the post.

But it appears that wasn't the French international's sole reaction to the news

In full view of United teammates Pogba is alleged to have said: "He thought he could make a fool of me and turn the fans against me. He f***ed with the wrong baller," according to The Sun.

Pogba's alleged response is somewhat unsurprising after a tumultuous relationship with his now former boss which included him being stripped of the vice-captaincy and being called out publicly by the Portuguese.

Former United and England defender Gary Neville was disappointed with Pogba's social media activity following Mourinho's dismissal calling it "out of order" to "dance on his grave".

"He's a huge talent, I actually liked him when he was at the club as a kid," Neville said. "It's not a personal thing, but Paul Pogba there's no doubt has fallen out with the manager - doesn't believe in him, doesn't like him, doesn't think he's a good coach probably.

"And vice versa Jose Mourinho doesn't think Paul Pogba is as talented a player as he thinks he is. So there's been a complete breakdown probably in the last 12 months and there's no doubt there's a high level of dislike there.

"However, Jose Mourinho lost his job this morning, and Paul Pogba and his people put that Instagram post out. I don't fall for this coincidence, scheduled tweet nonsense, it's garbage, absolute garbage.

"I think he probably would have liked to have gone public earlier, on Jose Mourinho, I think he would have liked to have gone public a lot earlier on how the club is at this moment in time.

"But on Jose Mourinho's side I bet when Paul Pogba won the World Cup in the summer, I bet he thought he was coming back to an impossible situation, where basically he thought, 'This player's going to be out of control now'.

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"Manchester United are a better team with Paul Pogba in it, but I do believe that, this morning, to dance on the grave of the manager who's just been sacked is out of order."

Darren Fletcher backed up Neville's criticism of Pogba, as pundits centred on the France World Cup winner's behaviour at Old Trafford this term.

"I don't think he's conducted himself well recently, and I think he needs a kick up the backside," former United midfielder Fletcher added. "And I think his post today, whether it was his team or whatever, it was totally out of order. That's a big concern for me.

Pogba deleted the Instagram post shortly after Mourinho had been sacked

"Everybody talked about, 'Who's going to go, is it going to be Pogba or Mourinho'. Now, if Pogba starts thinking that he's bigger than Mourinho, there's your next problem.

"Somebody needs to get control of Paul Pogba and say, 'Listen, this hasn't been a battle between Mourinho and Pogba and you've won, you've got to go and prove yourself now'.

"And a manager's got to come in there and demand more from him, to lead this team forward."

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