Man Utd news: Sky Sports pundit issues damning verdict amid Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho feud | Football | Sport



That is the damning verdict of Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who has offered his take on the ongoing feud between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United travel to West Ham this weekend hoping to get back to winning ways following a disappointing draw with Wolves and Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Derby.

But it is not just on the field that things have been going awry, with Pogba and Mourinho not seeing eye-to-eye.

The war between the key United duo was laid bare on Wednesday when footage of a training ground disagreement emerged.

And fans will be hoping it does not have an impact on Saturday as United seek to close the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Mourinho’s men are eight points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s table-toppers, although they do have 32 matches left to make up that deficit.

However, Merson believes United are not in with a shout of lifting the Premier League trophy next May.

“Man United are all over the place,” Merson told Sky Sports. “Last week, they drew with Wolves at home and now they’re out of the cup, and West Ham have turned a corner.

“It’s not working between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho, they don’t look happy. I’ve seen the video of Pogba coming onto the training pitch and Mourinho says something to him, so it isn’t good at all.

“With the results as well, it just gets blown up even more. If they had won their last two games, it wouldn’t be a problem, but they’re out of the title race and out of one of the cups already which they had a chance of winning.

“For me, it’s worrying times at Man United now.”

Merson has predicted United face a wait to get another three points on the board as he’s anticipating a 3-3 draw with West Ham.

Meanwhile, former United striker Dimitar Berbatov has taken aim at Pogba and Mourinho as their feud rumbles on.

“If you are a captain or vice-captain, you’re more often than not speaking on behalf of the players, and there is nothing wrong with giving the manager your thoughts,” Berbatov said.

“But this shouldn’t be done in the media – it helps nobody for these arguments to be played out in public. Apart from the media themselves of course!

“In modern football, players are very powerful, they are the stars of the show. It’s normal for them to have opinions, but they need to be backed up.

“I’m really surprised it has got to this stage. This sort of thing really needs to be kept in-house. You’re all grown-ups, figure it out in the dressing room.

“For Mourinho to have gone as far as removing the vice captaincy, Pogba must have provoked him – whether it was the comments after the Wolves game or something else. But these arguments affect everybody else and start having an impact on the pitch.

“As someone who wants Manchester United to do well, I’m fed up of waking up and seeing these headlines. Football should be about what happens on the pitch, not who has the biggest d***. It’s a stupid situation.”

Pogba missed the midweek defeat to Derby and it remains to be seen whether Mourinho will include him against West Ham.


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