Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has played down talk of a feud with Paul Pogba, praising the ex-Juventus midfielder’s ‘professionalism’.
Pogba had been dropped for United’s last two games, prompting talk of not only a falling-out with Mourinho but also claims his representative was talking to other clubs and that Juventus had a buyback clause of €60m.
“You saw the game against Sevilla. It is always more difficult to come from the bench than to start,” the former Inter Coach said at a Press conference for the Premier League showdown with Antonio Conte’s Chelsea on Sunday.
“A player when he is starting the game has a different kind of preparation for it and it is easier.
“To be on the bench and to come on without warming up and get into the pace is not easy. I think he had a very positive game for us.
“And details are details. Sometimes players on the bench take five minutes to be ready to play.
“They don't have the shinpads or the strapping or the shirt or this or that. He took 10 seconds to be ready to come to the pitch.
“He showed his professionalism and that despite being on the bench he was ready to play and to help the team. And he did.
“I think he responded in a very professional way, both times he was on the bench.
“He was on the bench against Huddersfield in the Premier League and he responded in a professional way.
“And he was on the bench against Sevilla and he did the same.”
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