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Jose Mourinho 'strips Paul Pogba of Manchester United captaincy'

Mourinho 'strips Pogba of captaincy'
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reportedly tells Paul Pogba that he will never captain the team again during his tenure at Old Trafford.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly told Paul Pogba that he will not captain the team again during his tenure at Old Trafford.

Pogba has been handed the armband on three occasions already this season when club captain Antonio Valencia has been absent, most recently in a man-of-the-match display against Young Boys in the Champions League last week.

However, ESPN reports that the division between Pogba and Mourinho has deepened to such an extent that the manager will no longer consider the World Cup winner as a candidate for the captaincy.

The relationship between Pogba and Mourinho has been under scrutiny for a number of months, and Mourinho's latest action - carried out at Carrington today - is understood to be designed to underline his authority at the club.

The Portuguese is thought to have been angered by comments made by Pogba after various matches already this season, including the midfielder's call for the team to attack more following their 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.

Saturday's result has left United already eight points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool after only six games of the new campaign.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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