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Pogba insists on no breakdown in Mourinho relationship

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Paul Pogba insists there is no breakdown in his relationship with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.

The 25-year-old midfielder has spent time out of the United first team in recent months, notably being restricted to a late substitute appearance against Sevilla in the Champions League and missing out altogether against Brighton in the FA Cup.

He did, however, start and finish Saturday's Premier League victory over Swansea, and when speaking to French broadcaster TF1 he stressed there is no problem between him and Mourinho.

Pogba said on tf1.fr: "Not at all! He's my coach. I respect all his choices.

"I'm playing less. It's something that's not happened to me before. In my young career, I've always played for 90 minutes and haven't found myself on the bench. But here we are, it's happening.

"What I've been going through, I've never experienced it before. But I think it can make me stronger.

"One has to go through these things to turn a corner."

Pogba returned to United from Juventus for £89million in 2016 and won the Europa League and League Cup last season. He has made 28 appearances in all competitions for Mourinho's side this term.

Man United's Pogba dreams of playing with Neymar

Pogba last faced Neymar in a pre-season friendly in 2017. Credit: PA

Paul Pogba has said he would love to play alongside Neymar later in his career.

Midfielder Pogba received praise from the Brazilian striker two years ago, when Neymar said the Frenchman had the necessary qualities to fit into Barcelona's team.

As it turned out, there was no Nou Camp union for the pair. Pogba left Juventus in August 2016 to embark on a second spell at Manchester United, while last summer Neymar left Barcelona for Paris St Germain.

But Pogba still hopes their career paths one day meet, saying of Neymar's praise: "I remember what he said, I'd love to play with him. He is the definition of joy on the pitch.

"In Brazil, football is everything. It's life, everyone there plays. When I watch him on the pitch enjoying himself, with his technique and his agility ... I love watching him."

In an interview with Argentinian broadcaster TyC Sports, widely reported in the French press, Pogba emphasised his long-term wish to play together with the £200.6million striker.

"He has a different style, he has his own style. And when you talk about Neymar, everyone knows him," Pogba said. "Everyone knows who Neymar is and what he does. For me, it would be a pleasure to be able to play with him one day."

Pogba has struggled for game time at United in recent weeks, with manager Jose Mourinho frequently preferring 21-year-old Scott McTominay.

Pogba is currently on duty with the France national team, with Les Bleus facing Colombia on Friday and World Cup hosts Russia next Tuesday.

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Pogba to miss Man United FA Cup tie due to illness

Jose Mourinho has spent the week defending his relationship with Paul Pogba. Credit: PA

Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Manchester United's FA Cup tie against Huddersfield due to illness.

United boss Jose Mourinho had insisted that the France midfielder, 24, would play after addressing what he said were "lies" about his relationship with the player during his Friday press conference.

But the club announced on Twitter on Saturday morning: "Paul Pogba will miss today's @EmiratesFACup tie at Huddersfield due to illness. U23s midfielder Ethan Hamilton has taken his place in the squad."

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