How Paul Pogba reacted to Jose Mourinho’s ‘virus’ comments

How Paul Pogba reacted to Jose Mourinho’s ‘virus’ comments

The Portuguese was quizzed by the press about the comments in a pre-match press conference on Tuesday, to which he replied, "If you have attention a couple of minutes ago you would understand I don't play the game of the suggest". I don't think we need a miracle at all.

"Nobody knew the team and ourselves we didn't know yet".

Four Wednesdays - and three Premier League games without a win - later, that fire is raging once more, amid stories of Mourinho's own rage after another comeback from defeat at Southampton.

Mourinho refused to comment on claims he had a verbal spat with Paul Pogba in the dressing room after the 2-2 draw at Southampton, with one report claiming he called his French World Cup victor "a virus" after his lacklustre display at St Mary's Stadium.

"United should never be in seventh place. the investment Everton made was phenomenal and obviously there was a great improvement in that team from last season", Mourinho added.

"When you play Europa - I have done that - it's not the motivation for the club but it's good to develop the team and to have people fresh".

"At the end of the season the top six will be done by the six teams we all know have that responsibility to finish in the top six".

"Until a year ago I said that finishing second was a fantastic thing because of the qualities we had in comparison to the quality of the other teams that are fighting for the top four".

Mourinho is sweating on the fitness of Phil Jones but Smalling, Valencia and Bailly were all at the team's hotel last night to prepare for the fixture.

"I believe we are going to be there".

It is a position Mourinho - who refused to talk about reports he called Paul Pogba "a virus" at St Mary's - said was "unacceptable", but he also pointed out that two big clubs will miss out on Champions League qualification.

"I quoted one thing in an interview I gave to Brazilian TV that you can go there and see what I told and another thing is to be quoted who or how".

"I don't speak about that".

"If you asked me at 11 a.m".

Now, in a game that used to mean so much to both sides, United must start well for a change against a team for whom change looks to have been a good thing.

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