Jose Mourinho ‘calls Paul Pogba a virus in front of Man United squad’

The latest exchange comes after Mourinho lamented the lack of ‘mad dogs’ in his midfield.

‘We lost so many balls in midfield, that was difficult to have that continuity,’ Mourinho said in a post-match interview. ‘In the second half we went back to that dynamic where we lost too many balls in midfield, when the players don’t understand that simplicity is genius.

‘The second goal was a direct free-kick and the first goal is because we don’t press the ball when our block is low. We don’t have many mad dogs – the ones that bite the ball and press all the time.

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‘McTominay and Matic did a very good job for two midfield players.’

The draw leaves United in seventh, six points off the Champions League spots and 16 points off their rivals, Manchester City, who currently sit top of the Premier League table.

Pogba and Mourinho have been at loggerheads throughout the season.

The France star was stripped of captaincy duties by Mourinho after criticising the club’s style of play and angling for a move to Barcelona.

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