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Drogba refuted reports of an irreparable breakdown of relationship
between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho, insisting his former boss is a
supporter of the Frenchman.
Drogba played for Mourinho in two spells at Chelsea, first from 2004
to 2007 and then in the 2014/15 season. The striker has revealed his
relationship with the current Manchester United manager was far from
perfect, even if generally solid.
"It was heated between us more than once, but Jose will never attack
people he doesn't like," the former Ivory Coast striker claimed.
"He likes Paul a lot. It's why he's given him a lot of responsibility."
The former Blues star's claim comes amid speculation that Pogba and
Mourinho are no longer on speaking terms. The French international was
left on the bench for Manchester United's 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win
over Brighton and Hove Albion, having featured as a substitute in their
2-1 Champions League last 16 defeat to Sevilla.
Pogba and Mourinho both arrived at the club in 2016, with the former
previously playing for United under Sir Alex Ferguson. They won the
League Cup and the Europa League in 2016/17, but the FA Cup represents
their only realistic chance of silverware this season.