Quipping Paul Pogba underlines rift with Mourinho after West Ham defeat | Jacob Steinberg

Midfielder’s words failed to disguise discord at Manchester United after he was substituted in 70th minute

Paul Pogba was the last Manchester United player out of the away dressing room at the London Stadium. The Frenchman was smiling and for a tantalising moment it seemed that he was going to oblige when a group of hopeful journalists asked for a quick chat. Yet after turning to see who was calling his name, Pogba shook his head, laughed and posed a question of his own: “You want me dead?”

Point taken. With José Mourinho already in his seat on the team bus, Pogba’s decision not to delay the journey back to Manchester was probably for the best. He chose to keep walking rather than add more fuel to the fire threatening to scorch United’s season. At the end of an eventful week during which Mourinho told Pogba that he would never captain United again and shared a frosty exchange with the £89m midfielder during training, it felt like a time to close ranks.

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