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Manchester United knocked out of League Cup

Manchester United knocked out of League Cup

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba saga continues to thicken as the Manchester United manager reportedly told his star Frenchman he would never captain the side again.

"Mourinho's message to the United squad, delivered at Carrington today, was created to underline his authority and remind the players that he is in charge", added The Times report.

After United's 1-1 draw against Wolves on Saturday, Pogba approached reporters in the mixed zone at Old Trafford and told them United must "attack, attack, attack" when playing at home.

The 25-year-old France global is one of a number of regulars left out of the team for Tuesday's League Cup encounter with Derby County.

However, Mourinho's decision to downgrade the player is a clear sign that he will not be undermined after Pogba criticised United's tactics against Wolves.

Pogba has worn the captains armband for several games this season (mostly due to Antonio Valencia's ongoing injury problems) despite his outspoken nature in the media and reports of a rift between himself and Mourinho over the past 12 months. "It is one of the reasons we hired Jose Mourinho and we have already won three with him".

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I get it, I do get it and I'm sure it's something the players talk about in the dressing room.But I don't think it helps. We stopped playing forward like in the first half and we didn't really put them in trouble.

"My words at half-time were similar to my words against Wolves, where I told players that we need to close it".

Jones' poor effort was denied by Scott Carson after 16 faultless penalties at Old Trafford and the save secured Derby's place in the fourth round of the competition. "When we play like (that) it's easier for us".

The latest figures came as Ed Woodward, United's executive vice-chairman, offered his backing to Jose Mourinho at the same time as leaving the manager under no illusions about the importance of winning and blooding home-grown talent.

Pogba, who hasn't lived up to expectations since his then world record 89-million pound (US$116 million) move from Juventus in 2016, had been angered by Mourinho's remarks in July that he had played much better at the World Cup because he was not surrounded by his entourage.


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