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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho or record signing Paul Pogba must leave Old Trafford to help cure the club’s current issues, according to ex-defender Viv Anderson.
Reports last week suggesting Mourinho and Pogba had fallen out was followed by the France international producing a poor display in the defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Pogba admitted he and his team lacked the right attitude in the 3-2 loss at the Amex Stadium but Mourinho refused to publically criticise his team.
The pair’s relationship was at near breaking point in the summer after Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola appeared to push for his client to move to Barcelona.
And amid United’s growing problems Anderson feels one of the pair have to leave to allow the club to move on.
‘Mourinho has lots to do, no one is bigger than the club whether that is Paul Pogba or Jose Mourinho, if they have a problem they need to meet up somewhere and sort it out, because Manchester United need to be challenging on all sides,’ Anderson, who represented United between 1987 and 1991, told the Evening Standard.
‘They have just got to move on. We cannot spoil the Manchester United ethos. One of them has to be big enough to say “It’s got to be me, I’ll leave and let’s move on”.
‘They have to resolve their differences, you can’t have Paul Pogba saying one thing and Jose Mourinho another.
He [Pogba] does it on social media the other in an interview. ‘I could imagine if this was Sir Alex Ferguson, he would get whoever it was in the office and say ‘What’s your problem? If we can’t sort it out you’ll have to leave or I’ll have to leave.’
Anderson is the latest figure to suggest that one of the pair should depart, after former England and Manchester City defender Danny Mills claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson would have offloaded Pogba had he been in charge.
Another indication that all is not well at United came via Pogba in the aftermath of the loss at Brighton, when the ex-Juventus man suggested the team had not applied themselves properly on the south coast.
After having previously thrown his team under the bus in the summer, Mourinho refrained from supporting the comments from his captain but his mood remained downbeat. ‘Everybody is a little bit fed up of his sour attitude,’ Anderson added. ‘Blaming everybody else while Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are a joy and must be a pleasure to work with.
‘Some of the things he’s done and said, even last season, left you thinking “why are you doing this?” ‘I know he’ll be frustrated because he didn’t get the players he wanted, but he has to sort that out internally he doesn’t have to be whinging in the press every day. ‘I don’t know what the outcome will be, but something has to give.’