Jose Mourinho: Paul Pogba no longer Manchester United’s ‘second captain’
Manchester United correspondent
MANCHESTER, England — Jose Mourinho has confirmed Paul Pogba is no longer “second captain” at Manchester United but has denied the pair have fallen out.
Pogba was rested as United were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Derby County on penalties on Tuesday night and afterwards the Portuguese coach confirmed the Frenchman, who has worn the armband three times this season, will no longer be considered for captaincy duties when Antonio Valencia is absent.
Sources told ESPN FC that the news was delivered to Pogba and the rest of the players at United’s Carrington training ground on Tuesday, three days after the Frenchman appeared to blame the Portuguese coach for a lack of attacking football following the 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday — a result which left United eight points behind leaders Liverpool after just six games.
“The only truth is that I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain anymore,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.