Van Gaal: I wanted United to play like Guardiola's City

Lawrence Cooper
March 31, 2018

There were also reports of Mourinho speaking to Deschamps about Pogba but the United manager denied having any dialogue with him. However, Mourinho added: 'It's nothing to do with his injury. Last night I spoke with him a little and thanked him for his nice words.

So, it was only fitting that Mourinho gave him a fitting tribute in Friday's press conference for the upcoming clash with Swansea City and he certainly delivered.

The Manchester United boss insists he doesn't have clue why his £89m midfielder has been in such poor form and told him to explain it himself.

Should Mourinho retain his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation against Swansea, the decision about his starting line-up may be aided by the fact that young Scotland global Scott McTominay, who has played in Pogba's position for two of those past three fixtures, has returned from worldwide duty with a calf injury.

Ibrahimovic was United's top scorer during 2016/17 and Mourinho praised the outgoing 36-year-old after he bid farewell to join LA Galaxy. I told him [at the time]. He was hauled off midway through the FA Cup quarter-final win against Brighton before the global break. Ask him [about his form] when you get a chance when he thinks about it.

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"What happened since then?"

United have won twice without conceding at Swansea this season, but they arrive at Old Trafford in far better form under Carlos Caravahal. I make the changes I want to do. Every coach wants to train Manchester United, it's one of the biggest clubs in the world. If I want to change in minute 98, I change in minute 98.

The United boss also expect the England worldwide to stay at Old Trafford this summer, but left the exit door open ajar.

Jose Mourinho's relationship with Paul Pogba is coming under increasing scrutiny as the Frenchman struggles to justify his huge transfer fee. "He's selected. He's in the 18".

"And he said that since my winning period with Porto, and since the moment I left the country, I opened the door for more Portuguese coaches to leave, which is something that I know is true".

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