Manchester United dumped out of cup by second-tier Derby County

Mourinho made the move to exert his authority at the club and remind Pogba of his place in the team, according to The Times' Paul Hirst.

Hours after sources told ESPN that Mourinho had clashed with Pogba and that the Frenchman was told in front of the players he wasn't the club's second captain, United were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Derby, 8-7 on penalties.

Jose Mourinho might have denied there was any falling out between himself and Paul Pogba but the images from the Manchester United training ground suggest that might have been a lie.

There have been media reports of behind-the-scenes discord between Woodward and team manager Jose Mourinho, over the club's recruitment policy.

Derby had been moments away from winning 2-1 in normal time after United keeper Sergio Romero was sent off in the 67th minute but Marouane Fellaini got a stoppage-time equaliser.

Despite being rested for the third-round tie, the 25-year-old remained a hot topic as it was claimed in the build-up that Mourinho had told the World Cup victor that he would not captain United again in front of the squad.

In the meeting, Mourinho told the entire squad that Paul Pogba will never again be named the Manchester United captain under his management.

"I knew we were going to be in trouble with Jones", said Mourinho in a barb at one of his own players. "I am the manager I can make these decisions".


Following Saturday's 1-1 draw, Pogba said he wanted the team to be able to "attack, attack, attack" at Old Trafford.

"That is part of the strength of the squad and that's what you need when you are getting into hard times, like Man United are in at the moment".

As you can see, Mourinho said something which clearly left Pogba very unhappy.

After taking the lead through Juan Mata, a terrific Harry Wilson free-kick and a Jack Marriott goal turned the game on its head.

"But I don't think it helps". We had the personality to take penalties and play the way we did.

Whether that means Manchester United ultimately will sell Pogba to Barcelona, back to Juventus or elsewhere will be among the hottest topics of the Premier League season.

"It's not helpful. It's a loaded answer", Redknapp said, speaking on Sky Sports.


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