'Paul is not second captain - I don't have to explain'

Jose Mourinho

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba saga continues to thicken as the Manchester United manager reportedly told his star Frenchman he would never captain the side again.

Pogba has stood in as United captain this season on...

The draw - played out in front of legendary former manager Alex Ferguson who made his first appearance at a match since undergoing emergency brain surgery in May - left United in seventh, eight points behind leader Liverpool.

A separate report from The Times states that Mourinho told his entire squad that Pogba would no longer captain the team on Tuesday ahead of their League Cup clash with Derby County at Old Trafford, as he addressed the team at the training ground and dropped Pogba from the matchdsy squad.

Express Sport understands the World Cup victor is interested in a return to Juventus, from whom United signed him.

Asked what was stopping United from attacking, Pogba replied: 'I can't tell you because I'm a player. We don't play again until next season.

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This defeat will only worsen an already tense atmosphere at Old Trafford, as well as within the dressing room. "When we play like [that] it's easier for us".

Pogba caused controversy after the opening-day win over Leicester by suggesting he would be fined if he said what he wanted about his situation at United.

The 25-year-old World Cup victor tried to force through a transfer to Barcelona days before the window closed but United chiefs were unwilling to sell their prized asset.

Josh Edkins: How ironic is it that Lampard, who did so much for Mourinho as a player, could get Mourinho sacked in his first outing against him as a manager?

'I don't think they are getting the best out of Pogba but he has to do more himself. "When it goes to Jones, or Eric Bailly then we are in trouble". Fellaini scored a late equaliser for United, but they were eliminated on penalties after losing 8-7 to Derby in the shootout after.

Woodward has also promised fans that United's record revenues mean they be will active at the top end of the transfer market in coming years.

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