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Ibrahimovic jumps to defence of under fire Man Utd boss Mourinho

12 October 2018

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has criticised compatriot Paul Pogba for putting pressure on manager Jose Mourinho after claiming that his side should attack more following their 1-1 draw with Wolves.

However, since the end of the global football fiesta, the 25-year-old Pogba has been at war with club boss Mourinho.

United's hard start in the Premier League all seems a long away from France's glory in Russian Federation, but reunited again with his France teammates, Pogba was happy to recall that defender Adil Rami had described him as the team's "real leader" at the World Cup.

Mourinho and Ibrahimovic know each other very well, having worked together at Inter Milan and quite recently at United. "I think he is the right coach for that club, for that team". I spoke with Hugo (Lloris), Blaise (Matuidi), (Raphael) Varane, to say that this World Cup we really had to put everything in place to win it.

Hugo Lloris lifted the trophy in Moscow in mid-July as Didier Deschamps' captain, and Pogba said he would continue being an influential figure in the squad even if he never replaced the Tottenham goalkeeper.

"I couldn't have done it without them".

However, following the break, there was an evident step in terms of the performance levels and Pogba was one of those who stepped up his game after Mourinho made a decision to play him in a deeper midfield role than his usual position.

"I've never played in the France team to be captain, being here is already a big thing for me".

'You don't have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband.

"I would have said "no, that's not something to say because you're not the manager". "But I hope with all my heart that it's one of the four, because there is [also] NG [N'Golo Kante]".

Ibrahimovic jumps to defence of under fire Man Utd boss Mourinho