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Jose Mourinho 'couldn't care less' about stinging Paul Pogba criticism

Toby Cudworth
Mourinho didn't want to elaborate on Pogba's comments
Mourinho didn't want to elaborate on Pogba's comments / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has said he "couldn't care less" what Paul Pogba has had to say about him in a recent interview.

Mourinho was speaking after watching his Tottenham side labour to a 2-2 draw with Everton, further denting their hopes of securing a top four finish and earning qualification back into the Champions League.

Harry Kane was Spurs' hero on the night, clinically scoring twice, but he limped off towards the end of the game after appearing to roll his ankle following an innocuous coming together with Richarlison.

But the game itself wasn't the only talking point for Mourinho when he faced the media after the game, where he was asked if he had any response to criticism from Manchester United midfielder Pogba about his man-management skills.

"I would like to say that I couldn't care less with what he says," Mourinho told Sky Sports reporter Patrick Davison. "I couldn't care less. Not interested, at all."

Mourinho's shrugging off of the situation comes after the Frenchman spoke of the difference in his relationship with current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He pointed the finger at Mourinho for a breakdown in their communication when he was at Old Trafford, suggesting that he would turn against his players - something Solskjaer does not do.

“What I have now with Ole is different,” Pogba said. “He wouldn't go against the players. Maybe Ole wouldn't pick them, but it's not like he puts them on the side like they don't exist anymore. That's the difference between Mourinho and Ole.

“Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho, everybody saw that, and the next day you don't know what happened. That's the strange thing I had with Mourinho and I cannot explain to you because even I don't know.”

Pogba and Mourinho infamously fell out at United's Carrington training ground when the World Cup winner was pulled up in front of his teammates for an Instagram post, published during United's disastrous Carabao Cup defeat to Derby in September 2018.

Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba
Mourinho and Pogba in happier times / SOREN ANDERSSON/Getty Images

The video showed Pogba joking around with teammates Luke Shaw and Andreas Pereira during the match, but Mourinho's issue was that the finished was uploaded to the platform after the game had finished.

The pair never really saw eye-to-eye again, despite Pogba previously playing a starring role for Mourinho en route to United winning the Europa League in 2017.