After a man-of-the-match display in Manchester United’s opening Premier League match, which earned him a standing ovation, Paul Pogba fuelled speculation about his future and said he feared being fined if he truly revealed how he feels about the club’s rollercoaster summer.
Pogba re-joined Manchester United from Juventus two years ago but his second stint at Old Trafford has turned sour, with boss Jose Mourinho repeatedly singling out the midfielder for criticism on their pre-season tour of America. With Barcelona keen on signing the World Cup winner, tensions only grew.
The French midfielder scored a penalty and captained United to a 2-1win on Friday night in a performance that could have swept aside all ill feeling, but Pogba hinted after the game that he was not completely happy at the club and that he’d be sanctioned if he spoke the truth about tensions between the club’s manager and its most expensive-ever player.
“What do you mean the real Paul Pogba?” he said after being asked about his return to form. “You have to know one thing: a player that gets chosen and is happy, you always feel more comfortable than when he’s not happy. That’s all I say.
“If you’re not happy, you cannot give your best. There are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined,” he added before heading to the changing room after talking to reporters.
Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho has often been a testing one. Last season the manager publically declared that “Paul’s game was complicated…always one more touch, always one more turn,” however, Mourinho handed Pogba the captaincy for the Leicester match, something the midfielder said repays his “love” for the club.
2019 EPL Week One Results
Liverpool 4 vs West Ham 0
Southampton vs Burnley 0
New Castle 1 vs Tottenham 2
Burnley 2 vs Cardiff City 0
Fulham 0 vs Crystal Palace 2
Huddersfield 0 vs Chelsea 3
Watford 2 vs Brighton &Hove 0
Wolve 2 vs Everton 2
Manchester Utd 2 vs Leicester City 1