Jose Mourinho was always doomed to lose in his in bitter rivalry with Paul Pogba.
That is the verdict from Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, who has uncovered the reasons why the pair did not get along.
Portuguese boss Mourinho was axed before Christmas and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mourinho’s downfall after overseeing United’s worst ever start to a Premier League season coincided with his public fallout with the France World Cup winner.
Since Solskjaer has come in, United have won seven successive games and Pogba has been in fantastic form.
But Old Trafford icon Rooney, who now plays for MLS outfit DC United, believes Mourinho lost out on his feud with Pogba because he was too critical of the midfielder’s performances.
“I think with Paul, I watched him come through the academy at United and he’s got a lot of ability,” Rooney said, speaking to ESPN.
“If you don’t have a good relationship with the coach, then it’s difficult to be at your top if you feel like the coach is scrutinising every decision you make, every pass you make.
“Paul Pogba will give the ball away, he’ll try passes [and] it won’t be the right pass at times.
“But you have to let him do that because two or three of them passes will create goals, will create opportunities.
“I think he found it difficult under Mourinho.
“I think a player and a manager with big egos clashed and the outcome was never going to be great.”
Pogba is set to start for United as they go in search for their eight win on the spin against Brighton at home today.