Mourinho denies Paul Pogba was Man Utd vice-captain


Mourinho reported before in the week that Pogba was not his “second commander any longer” – after the midfielder reprimanded United’s strategies amid a week ago’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.

The United director cleared up the circumstance encourage on Friday, saying Pogba would play at West Ham on Saturday yet was “only a player and not a chief”.

“Paul was not the bad habit commander,” Mourinho said.

“We had Valencia as the commander and after that we had a gathering of players that could be the bad habit chief – one day I offered it to David de Gea, I offered it to Ashley Young, to Chris Smalling.

“I previously pondered Paul last season, since (he is) a player of an alternate age, more youthful player, the commander without bounds.

“Since Valencia, Young, they are pretty much a similar age, a similar age. Be that as it may, he (Pogba) was not the bad habit chief, so now we don’t have the bad habit skipper.

“Presently it relies upon the match, and relies upon if Valencia is playing or not.

“In the event that Valencia is playing, Valencia is the commander. In the event that he isn’t playing, I will attempt and go toward another path.”

Mourinho is resolute that the week’s occasions have not negatively affected his squad in front of Saturday’s diversion at the London Stadium.

“I hope to win tomorrow,” he included. “I hope to play exceptionally well tomorrow – we have worked extremely well, particularly Wednesday and Thursday, so tomorrow I expect a decent execution and I hope to win an exceptionally troublesome match.

“I don’t come here and say ‘the instructional meeting was bad and I have an awful inclination and I have an inclination that tomorrow we are not going to play well and we are not going to win’.

“I think tomorrow we will play exceptionally well, and I think we will win against a decent rival, an adversary with awesome speculation, with a victor director (Manuel Pellegrini), and bunches of skilled players.

“Extremely troublesome yet I am exceptionally positive.”


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