Jose Mourinho made his bitter feud with Paul Pogba public because he was ‘satisfied’ with the negative press the Frenchman was receiving.
Mourinho and Pogba’s relationship soured throughout the Portuguese’s tenure at Old Trafford and was ultimately left irreparable prior to the self-styled Special One’s dismissal in December.
Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy by Mourinho earlier this season before their bust-up was laid bare by television cameras at United’s training ground.
A hostile stand-off between the duo was captured in late September after Pogba had posted on Instagram after the Red Devils’ defeat to Derby in the Carabao Cup.
The breakdown in their relationship led to speculation Pogba could leave Old Trafford with Barcelona and Real Madrid both reportedly keen.
And, according to the Manchester Evening News, Mourinho was ‘satisfied’ by the negative media reports aimed in the direction of Pogba.
But the midfielder has enjoyed a new lease of life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, helping the Red Devils back into the top four.
United are unbeaten in domestic competitions since Solskjaer’s arrival, their only defeat coming against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
Pogba was again on the scoresheet as United saw off Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday night to reach the last eight of the FA Cup.