Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba
The Manchester United hierarchy have told Paul Pogba and his teammates they will be sold unless they cooperate with Jose Mourinho.
There was speculation Mourinho would leave United earlier in the season, less than two years into his reign at Old Trafford, but he recently signed a new deal until 2020.
After the Portuguese boss committed his future to the club, the subsequent weeks were dominated by talk of a rift between the manager and United’s record signing, Pogba.
A dip in form saw Pogba dropped from the team for Premier League and Champions League fixtures and the Frenchman was said to be unhappy with his role under Mourinho.
While their relationship now appears less strained, The Independent say it was made clear to Pogba and his representatives that the club would back Mourinho in any future fall-out.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to fully support Mourinho’s approach and is ready to allow players to leave if the situation becomes irreconcilable with the manager.
Woodward believes United will continue to progress under Mourinho, after the club won two trophies in his first season at the club.
The Red Devils have improved domestically this season, taking 62 points from 29 games, although they remain well adrift of rivals Manchester City at the top of the league.
United topped their Champions League group and can qualify for the quarter-finals when Sevilla travel to Old Trafford for the second leg of their last-16 clash next week.