Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba in frosty exchange during training

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.

A bubbly Pogba was filmed running out to training but, after high-fiving assistant coach Michael Carrick, the midfielder stopped abruptly when Mourinho appeared to ask the player if he was "happy" United lost after they exchanged a cursory handshake.

Reports in the United Kingdom noted that the French midfielder has informed the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward of his plans to join Barcelona after his agent Mino Raiola agreed a deal with Spanish giants after the summer World Cup in Russian Federation.

Mourinho said there was "no fallout at all, no problem at all, just a decision that I don't have to explain".

The relationship between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho hit the rocks before a ball was even kicked, Sportsmail understands, with the manager furious at the way the Frenchman's £89million transfer was announced.

Pogba appeared to question Mourinho's tactics after United's 1-1 draw with Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday when he said that United should "attack, attack, attack" more.

Manchester United will be in London this weekend for their next Premier League game against West Ham United, but it is unlikely if Zinedine Zidane will watch the encounter.

Derby ran out 8-7 winners in the shoot-out
Derby ran out 8-7 winners in the shoot-out

Derby County have knocked out Manchester United 8-7 in a dramatic penalty shootout at Old Trafford to reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

So far Mourinho has been depicted as the bad guy in his spat with Pogba, but a latest report by the Daily Mail, per the Mirror, suggests the latter isn't exactly helping himself.

The news comes just hours after reports surfaced of a clash between Mourinho and Pogba in which the Manchester United manager told his midfielder that he will not captain the club again.

"The person who made the decision to be second captain was also me".

"That has always been the blueprint here, to go for teams, and I don't think Jose Mourinho does that".

An early Cup exit to Championship Derby, managed by one of Mourinho's former pupils at Chelsea Frank Lampard, intensifies the pressure on the Portuguese.

In the current situation he finds himself in, Pogba looks likely to force through a move away from Old Trafford and Premier League football.

  • Stacy Allen