Premier League: Mourinho dropped Pogba against Huddersfield to punish him – Neville


Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has claimed that manager Jose Mourinho may have been teaching Paul Pogba, by dropping him against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Pogba started on the bench as United won 2-0 at Old Trafford.

Three days before, the France midfielder was taken off against Tottenham Hotspur, as they were defeated 2-0 at Wembley.

Mourinho reacted by making four changes against Huddersfield.

When asked if the decision to leave Pogba on the bench surprised him, Neville on Sky Sports: “Yes and no. I don’t think Pogba, Jones, Young and Martial can have any complaints about being left out after that game the other night, because they were really poor.

“But for Pogba in particular, it was obvious Jose Mourinho was furious with him at times during the game. We often talk about managers not having control anymore, but we’ve seen Pep Guardiola pull off Raheem Sterling towards the end of the game.

“I think Mourinho, Guardiola and Antonio Conte are willing to make the big decisions. It was a big call to take Pogba out of the team but maybe he needs it because, ultimately, the other night against Tottenham he was poor.

“They’ve not lost with him in the team this season. They are a far better team with him in it, but maybe Jose’s thought he needs a bit of a lesson and he needs to show him that he’s looking at the other night and he’s showing the dressing room.

“This could be a message to the dressing room saying ‘I’m leaving out our most expensive player, I’m taking him out of the team because I need to show there’s a consequence of what they did on Wednesday night.’

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