Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

I'll be back coaching soon - Zidane amid Man United links

I'll be back coaching soon - Zidane amid Man United links

Pogba told reporters when quizzed on the latest links to Barca: "I'm playing at United at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months".

His praise for Alex Ferguson reflects badly on Mourinho, who is under growing pressure to improve results at Old Trafford as Zinedine Zidane waits in the wings.

Zidane is the favourite to replace Jose Mourinho if the Portuguese is sacked by Manchester United.

The club's scouting network across Europe, South America and Asia has trebled in size in recent years as part of a behind the scenes shake-up by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

It is not hard to see why Mourinho has become so frustrated with his £89m midfielder, but Special One is now pretty much the Powerless One when it comes to dealing with him.

But the United star has looked subdued on the pitch, recently missing a penalty in a 2-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

His sheer marketability makes him an important asset for a club of United's massive financial and economic might.

Reports of a breakdown in his working relationship with Jose Mourinho have fuelled the exit talk, with the 25-year-old midfielder hinting that an imminent move elsewhere could be on the cards.

Mourinho failed to get his way on Martial or the defender, so don't expect him to come out on top in the Pogba situation.

And he took the bold step of admitting to problems between them.

Pogba is quoted as saying: "I'm under contract with Man Utd".

"So long as you see that I am not in a Barcelona shirt, that is because I am at Manchester United, there will always be rumours".

"There have been little things with the coach - the relationship is always the same, coach and player".

"We have common objectives, which are to win".

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