According to the Daily Mirror, Paul Pogba was in a celebratory mood with his Manchester United teammates after it was confirmed Jose Mourinho has been sacked as the club’s manager.
The whole mood at the Manchester United training ground changed dramatically on Tuesday following Mourinho’s dismissal.
Pogba, who had been involved in a long-running feud with manager Mourinho, high-fived teammates once they were told the news by the Old Trafford giants’ executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
The Frenchman was left on the bench for the humiliating defeat at Liverpool on Sunday that proved to be Mourinho’s final game in charge, the now ex-United boss blanking him again after a recall for a Champions League dead-rubber defeat away to Valencia four days earlier.
Pogba’s Instagram account also featured a post with a photo of him smiling alongside the words “Caption This” shortly after the story of Mourinho’s sacking first broke. It was later deleted, and blamed on unfortunately-timed pre-scheduled posts connected to an Adidas advertising campaign. England left-back Luke Shaw also arrived at the training ground smiling.
It is believed he had faced renewed problems with Mourinho, who criticised him repeatedly during his two and a half year reign, following recent performances. The dressing room could not contain their relief at the Special One’s departure and one source said: “No-one wants to see anyone lose their job, but it was a completely different mood as players were happy again, smiling and could get on with training.
Pogba was the biggest victim of Mourinho’s management as a midfielder who had been key to France’s World Cup triumph in Russia last summer was frozen out to such an extent he was desperate to leave Old Trafford in January.
But United now insist the 25-year-old will not be sold in next month and hope Mourinho’s dismissal will help change the mood — and the club’s fortunes.
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