MANCHESTER UNITED’S board have a big decision to make and it comes down to keeping their club record buy or the manager.
Choose to get rid of Jose Mourinho and they are telling every future incumbent, in what is becoming an increasingly uncomfortable hot seat, that player power wins the day at Old Trafford.
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Add to the fact that Mourinho’s track record is simply too good for United to give up on him now and start all over again…again.
United need to cut their losses, or rather get their money back, on World Cup winner Paul Pogba because it is simply not happening with this key figure in the camp.
The relationship with the manager has hit rock bottom and is at the core of much that is going wrong at United right now.
If Mourinho told Pogba after the lamentable 2-2 draw with Southampton, in front of the rest of the squad, that he is a virus affecting the other players around him.
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Pogba is a popular figure in the dressing room at United.
Good friends in particular with players like Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford he seems to have a sense of fun that the others like.
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So the problem is when he is at odds with the manager everyone else feels it too.
Unfortunately that connection Pogba has with teammates off the pitch has never transferred itself onto it.
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When, if ever, has a United fan left a game extolling to virtues of Pogba’s performance?
Name a game when you would have given him anything over three out of five?
The argument from the pro-Pogba camp no doubt is that a different manager might get more out of him.
As revealed in SunSport today he also believes the manager is making him the scapegoat at told him so on Saturday.
But that does not excuse the simple things he does wrong, like losing possession of the ball, constantly.
Get £89 million for him from Barcelona or his old club Juventus in January and Mourinho will have the cash to get two other players in.