Paul Pogba has thanked former boss Jose Mourinho for helping him ‘improve as a person’ and win trophies at Manchester United.
After two-and-a-half years at the club, Mourinho was sacked by United on Tuesday following a series of poor performances and rifts with players.
His relationship with Pogba was believed to be the most problematic, and an ill-timed social media post, which was quickly deleted, after Mourinho’s dismissal only furthered that belief.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been placed in temporary charge, won his first match 5-1 at Cardiff City and afterwards Pogba paid tribute to his former manager.
“I know you’re waiting for something about Jose, about the result today,” he told reporters after the win.
“Obviously, we are very happy with the result. We played well, the performance of the team was great and I know you want to ask me but, ‘Oh yeah with Jose..’
“With Jose, we won trophies and I want to thank him for that. Not everything worked well but things went well, we won trophies.
“Winning trophies makes you improve as a person as well and that’s it. That’s the past. I want to thank him for that.
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“I’m sure all the players are now looking to the next game, the points, and we have to go back into and we want to go back to the top of the league.
“That’s all I want to say.”
The World Cup winner was instrumental for United as they scored five in a Premier League match for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge, a 5-5 draw with West Brom in 2013.
Victory moved them up to sixth in the Premier League and Pogba says his focus is on helping United push on.
“The performance of the team was great and we are happy that the first game of the manager starts like this,” he added. “It’s important now to carry on like that.
“We cannot play like this and win with five goals and then the next game lose.”