I fear being fined if I speak out: Pogba

Source:AFP Published: 2018/8/12 22:28:42

United star adds fuel to exit rumors

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba (front) fights for the ball with Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi on Friday in Manchester, England. Photo: VCG

Paul Pogba added fuel to rumors of his deteriorating relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, saying he could not express himself for fear of being fined.

The 25-year-old - who scored a superb goal in France's 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final - was credited with a "monster performance" by Mourinho in United's opening 2-1 Premier League win over Leicester City on Friday.

However, Pogba - who cost United a then world record 89 million pounds ($116 million) in 2016 to prize him away from Juventus - is known to be upset by Mourinho's remarks about his performances at the World Cup compared to those for his club last season.

Mourinho had implied Pogba - whose agent Mini Raiola has reportedly been talking with Barcelona - had flourished under Didier Deschamps at the World Cup because he could not be distracted by his entourage or by his commercial obligations.

"There are things that I cannot say, otherwise I will get fined," Pogba told the British press after the Leicester match on a rare occasion he stopped to speak with them.

Pogba, who was dropped by Mourinho for both legs of the Champions League last-16 loss to Sevilla last term, said there were differences between playing for France and United.

"I am the same, but it's a different team, obviously," said Pogba. "I'm still enjoying playing football but like I said, when you are comfortable or confident and are good in the head, it's going to be easier."

Pogba said "everybody was on the same page" in the France dressing room, from Deschamps to the staff and players - that has not necessarily been the case at United with several players at different times singled out for public criticism by Mourinho.

"When you have everybody with you, everybody next to you, you know they want to fight for you, obviously it's going to be easier," he said.

However, Pogba - who could still leave despite the English transfer deadline day on Thursday last week as most European leagues keep their transfer windows open until the end of August - professed his deep love for the club. "I always love the club [United]," he said. "I came from the academy, I played for the first team. For me, it was a dream come true."

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