Mourinho strips Pogba of United vice-captaincy but says no row

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In a move that was created to underline his authority, Mourinho stripped Pogba of the Manchester United vice-captaincy during a team meeting at Carrington yesterday and dropped him for the Carabao Cup tie against Derby County at Old Trafford, which the hosts lost on penalties.

He told Sky Sports: "The only truth is that I made the decision of Pogba not to be the second captain anymore".

"The person who made the decision to be second captain was also me".

"To have the personality to step up and take penalties and perform the way they did, I'm just a proud manager, they were great", he added.

So, which one of them will leave Manchester United first: Paul Pogba or Jose Mourinho? That is totally against everything that Pogba plays for. They played so well against Brentford and I knew how much they all wanted to play.

Pogba has deputised as skipper in the absence of club captain Antonio Valencia on three occasions this season against Leicester and Brighton in the Premier League and a Champions League trip to Young Boys.

Mourinho has removed Pogba from the United vice-captaincy and Berbatov, who scored 57 goals in four years at United, says Pogba must have provoked him into making such a decision.

Pogba appeared to question Mourinho's tactics after United's 1-1 draw with Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday when he said that United should "attack, attack, attack" more.

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Lampard was reluctant to give Pogba direct advice for risk of provoking a backlash against his side.

English soccer club Manchester United forecast record revenue for 2018-19, despite having dropped off the early pace in the new Premier League season.

Carragher came to the defence of Mourinho by pointing to his time at Chelsea as evidence that it is not him with the problem and insisted United would be wise to stick with him through this hard period.

Even if Mourinho is not in charge next season, allowing a player to so publicly undermine the manager as Pogba did over the weekend can't be deemed to be acceptable.

Soon after, things went from bad to worse for the Red Devils, with 'keeper Sergio Romero sent off for clumsily handling the ball outside the box.

As a result, sources have said a number of players are prepared to consider a future away from United next summer if the situation does not improve.

The France midfielder was rested for the clash and watched on from the stands.

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