'Pogba's row with Mourinho is normal' - Man Utd rifts to be expected, says Brown


Paul Pogba’s reported feud with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is considered to be “normal” by former Red Devils defender Wes Brown.

The working relationship between a star midfielder and his outspoken manager has provided an unwelcome backdrop to a testing 2018-19 campaign at Old Trafford.

Both Pogba and Mourinho have aired their grievances in public this term, with the former having been stripped of the vice-captaincy and involved in a training ground disagreement with his boss.

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The World Cup-winning midfielder has continued to be called upon, though, with United aware that he can be a talismanic presence on his day.

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With that in mind, Brown believes too much is being made of a squabble which is commonplace in modern football, with the ex-England international telling Express Sport: “I had a few arguments myself with Sir Alex Ferguson – it's football.

“When the going gets tough – it gets tough.

“And United have had it tough over the three or four weeks, basically on results – they've lost some bad games.

“But personal football things where managers fight with players, players fight back – that’s normal; that’s been going on for as long as I can think of.

“Managers are managers, that’s what they do.”

Pogba and his United colleagues helped to ease some of the pressure which has been building on their boss during a dramatic 3-2 victory over Newcastle heading into the international break.

That result is considered to have silenced questions regarding the Red Devils’ stomach for a fight, with Brown adding his voice to those who have rubbished any suggestion of players giving up.

He added: “I don’t necessarily think Mourinho struggled to motivate the players in previous games.

“If you look at a few individual performances they just weren’t probably good enough.

“[But] regardless of what people say, no player actively goes out there and doesn’t play well [on purpose] - that is not the case whatsoever. And I’m sure you can ask any player that.

“They just need to start somewhere and that’s by showing a bit of fight, and that’s what they did against Newcastle in the second half.”

United return to domestic action on Saturday with a trip to Chelsea, before then taking in a reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus side in Champions League competition.

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