Jose Mourinho did not strip Paul Pogba of the vice-captaincy for criticising his tactics against Wolves, but because the World Cup winner told him he wants to join Barcelona, according to reports.
The Portuguese claimed there was ‘no fallout’ between him and the Frenchman after he removed him of the honour, but he is believed to be deeply unhappy with the player’s behaviour. ‘The only truth is that I made the decision for Paul not to be the second captain any more,’ the Manchester United manager said. ‘It was the same person who decided Paul was the second captain. No fallout at all, just decisions I do not have to explain.’
Despite Mourinho playing down any row, he believes it’s unacceptable for any player pushing for a move away from the club to wear the armband.
The 25-year-old’s attitude has concerned Mourinho and his attempts to leave have now cost him the vice-captaincy. Pogba has captained United on three occasions this season but he watched on from the stands as his team-mates suffered a Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Derby County – and he will never wear the armband again while Mourinho is in charge.