Mourinho talks about Man United’s chances of signing Paul Pogba
Jose Mourinho continues to not talk directly about Paul Pogba but it is getting harder and harder for him to ignore the white elephant in the room.
Mourinho, 53, spoke on Friday as Manchester United’s new manager prepares for his first official game in charge of the Red Devils, the FA Community Shield at Wembley against Leicester City this Sunday.
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Once again, Mourinho didn’t want to talk about Pogba directly -- his reported $130 million world-record transfer from Juventus still hasn’t been confirmed -- but then again, he didn’t really have to after these comments.
Asked if the deal for the 23-year-old French international midfielder was edging closer, Mourinho said this to reporters.
Mourinho also went on to discuss how happy he was with his business so far this summer.
Some other interesting tidbits to come from his press conference was the fact that he mentioned it’s taking a while for he players to adapt to his methods, plus he said his treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger -- the German midfielder has been ordered to train with the reserves because Mourinho deems him surplus to requirements -- is normal and happens at every club.
He also had a subtle dig (come on, this is Mourinho) at two fellow Premier League managers.
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This thinly-veiled attack was obviously meant for Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger who have both recently lamented the reported $130 million offer from United for Pogba’s services. Mourinho called comments from other managers about his club “unethical” and claimed he would never do such a thing.
Never change, Jose. Never change.