Paul Pogba watches Manchester United's defeat at Old Trafford

A terse training ground exchange on Wednesday gave little indication that the relationship between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba will improve any time soon.

" The only truth is that I made the decision that Paul will not be a second (vice) captain anymore."
"Just one decision that I don't have to explain".

After the match, Mourinho confirmed that Pogba was no longer a United vice-captain, although he denied falling out with the France midfielder.

Pogba was not included in the squad for the shootout loss at Old Trafford.

Pogba tried to play down his comments in a tweet on Monday.

The United hierarchy are aware of the dispirited mood of numerous club's players, but there is a belief, and a hope, Mourinho can turn the situation around.

France worldwide Pogba, who was not named in the matchday squad against Derby, watched from the stand as Ashley Young captained the side.

Over the winter, Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, tried to orchestrate a move for the Frenchman away from Manchester United, and with everything that has transpired since, you can be sure Raiola will be working the phones again to try and move the World Cup victor to a more palatable destination.

Mourinho was reportedly unhappy with that perceived criticism of the tactics and had criticised his team after the match saying, "It is a situation where the players knew perfectly that they press in midfield", Mourinho said.

On Monday, Pogba tried to downplay the issues with Mourinho, tweeting: "Some people make polemic even from "good morning" to create drama".

Mourinho has stripped Pogba of the club's vice-captaincy in the wake of some outspoken interviews from the France global midfielder - although he maintains there has been no fallout.

After squabbling with United's hierarchy over their failure to sign the targets Mourinho wanted, he has become embroiled in a feud with Pogba amid increasingly alarming results.

The Portuguese declined to give a reason for his decision to take the United vice-captaincy away from the World Cup victor.

The forecast comes despite the club having dropped off the pace in the new Premier League season, sitting seventh in the table, eight points behind leaders Liverpool and six adrift of cross-town rivals and reigning champions Manchester City.

Moments later, United goalkeeper Sergio Romero saw red for handling another Wilson effort outside the area.

"It's right up there", said Lampard when asked how the trumph compared to his highs as a player.

Mason Mount's initial shot was saved by Grant, but, as United's defenders stood and watched, Marriott reacted alertly to head in from close range.

  • Stacy Allen