Andreas Pereira has lifted the lid on the training ground bust-up between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba, revealing what really sparked the row.
Footage showed the pair engaged in a frosty exchange at Manchester United’s Carrington base the day after the team’s Carabao Cup defeat to Championship side Derby County in September.
It later emerged that Mourinho was unhappy with one of Pogba’s Instagram posts, which showed him laughing with Pereira – both of whom were in the stands watching the action – during the match.
Now Pereira, 22, has provided new insight into the clash, explaining why Mourinho was angry and defending his teammate’s actions.
Speaking to Brazilian outlet UOL , he said: “It was in a cup game. Pogba posted the video before and there was me and left-back Luke Shaw laughing.
"We were winning the game 1-0 at the time of the video. Then we lost the game, and people said that Pogba posted later. But he posted before.”
“The manager thought that Pogba had posted later. He asked him why did that happen. There was a mood about it.
"These things were out here in England. But it’s like, I have nothing to do with it. Mourinho gave me a chance, he said to me, ‘I want you to stay here’. It would be a shot on my own foot to badmouth the guy who gave me the first opportunity to play and is still giving it.”
Frenchman Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy the day before his training ground clash with Mourinho.
He has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
Pereira was born in Belgium but plays for Brazil. He was speaking to UOL during the international break after he wasn’t selected for his country’s games against Saudi Arabia and Argentina.
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