Cape Town - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has denied that
midfielder Paul Pogba, with whom he has reportedly fallen out, was ever his
Following comments from Pogba which appeared to criticise
Mourinho's tactics, the Portuguese manager announced that he was no longer
going to captain Manchester United in the absence of regular skipper Antonio
A frosty exchange between Mourinho and the French midfielder
was filmed during Manchester United training this week. However, the former
Chelsea boss has repeatedly played down reports of a falling out between
himself and Pogba.
On taking away the captain's armband from the World
Cup-winner, the 55-year-old was quoted by Sky Sports as saying: "Paul was
not the vice-captain.
"We had Valencia as the captain and then we had a group
of players that could be the vice-captain - one day I gave it to David de Gea,
I gave it to Ashley Young, to Chris Smalling.
"I first thought about Paul last season, because (he
is) a player of a different generation, younger player, the captain of the
"Because Valencia, Young, they are more or less the
same age, the same generation. But he (Pogba) was not the vice-captain, so now
we don't have the vice-captain.
"Now it depends on the match, and depends on if
Valencia is playing or not.
"If Valencia is playing, Valencia is the captain. If he
is not playing, I will try and go in another direction."
The Red Devils will face West Ham United - managed by
Mourinho's old foe, Manuel Pellegrini - at the London Stadium on Saturday, with
kick-off set for 13:30.