France midfielder Paul Pogba said he had some “small issues” with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during this past season, but things have improved since his return to England.
Pogba spoke to the press at a news conference at France’s World Cup training base in Moscow and admitted his second year with United was far from ideal.
“It was a better season that the previous one,” Pogba said, as per ESPN.
“It was an experience. There were some small issues with [Mourinho], but they were nothing in the end.
“Being a substitute, that sort of thing, it helps you to grow. I have to accept it.”
Pogba struggled with consistency last term which lead to Mourinho dropping the French star to the bench. Ever since then, the former Juventus midfielder has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, as reported by The Mirror.
He also defended international teammate Antoine Griezmann, who is struggling for form through two World Cup games despite scoring a penalty in the 2-1 win over Australia.
“Antoine is doing very, very well — he is happy,” Pogba said. “Just because he did not score in the second match [against Peru], it does not mean that it is not the same Grizou.
“Leave my Grizou alone! You have forgotten about Euro 2016. Think about all of the defensive work he did against Peru. He helped us to keep them out.”
Griezmann has been linked with a move to United in the past and we learned recently that he was offered to the club again before deciding to commit his future to Atletico Madrid.
It goes without saying that Pogba would have liked Griezmann to join him at United, but it wasn’t to be and he’ll remain in Spain beyond the summer.