It’s fair to say Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho have never quite seen eye to eye, so Manchester United’s decision to sack their manager probably went down well in the player’s household. It didn’t take long for Pogba to take to social media, posting a picture with a mischievous look on his face on Instagram and Twitter with the message “Caption this!” He also tagged the official United account and hashtags.
— Josh Wright (@_WrightJosh) December 18, 2018
But social media doesn’t forget, and there will always be plenty of people ready to take that screengrab.
Neville has been a critic of Pogba’s performances in a United shirt over the past few months, and he hit back at Pogba’s post with a tweet which read “‘Caption This’ … You do one as well !”. It’s fair to say Neville would be happy if Pogba followed Mourinho through the exit door in January. It didn’t take long for United legend and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville to have his say.
Yeah, there’s no love lost here. Jose Mourinho was sacked as Manchester United manager on Tuesday after a dismal start to the season, and his ongoing love-hate relationship with Paul Pogba was just one of the many sub-plots that accounted for the Portuguese’s demise.
Pogba – a world cup winner with France in the summer – has been left frustrated with a lack of game time over the past five months. Mourinho had publicly criticised the midfielder’s attitude and dropped him for several high-profile matches – including Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool, which proved to be Jose’s last match in charge of the Red Devils.
A majority of United fans have rejoiced upon hearing the news. Meanwhile, Paul Pogba was also unable to contain himself. The precocious talent seemed to be in a celebratory mood, and shared a post asking fans to “caption” this very smug-looking photo of the 25-year-old:
You can delete your tweet but not my screen shot Pogba. Rude boy pic.twitter.com/DLPmjJeyX5
— Jollof & Dogs❤️ (@dannysworld_1) December 18, 2018
Oh dear. Pogba’s now-deleted message confirms that things weren’t alright behind the scenes. The biggest criticism United have faced this year is that they simply weren’t playing for Mourinho. It has been rumoured that the players had grown tired of his negative tactics, as well as his team selections. Meanwhile, ex-United full back Gary Neville joined in with Pogba’s caption competition, and told Pogba to “do one as well”, saying the flamboyant player should also follow the manager out the door:
“ Caption This “
You do one as well !
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) December 18, 2018
Former midfielder Michael Carrick has taken temporary charge of the club until Thursday. In 48 hours, the club confirmed that an “interim manager” would be appointed – and it’s a figure who is not yet part of the Manchester United coaching staff