Luke Shaw confronted Jose Mourinho during heated dressing room exchange

Jose Mourinho has suggested that it is up to Paul Pogba to explain why he has been so inconsistent for Manchester United this season.

It was the latest example of Mourinho criticising a player he has chastised on numerous occasions during his time as United boss, with this latest spat sparking fresh rumours of the player's exit from the club.

The Portuguese tactician was asked to comment on Pogba's blistering performance for the French national team that won 3-1 against Russian Federation during the global break over the weekend.

Probed to comment on Pogba's performance, he said: "I don't comment on my players' performances in national teams".

"If he's available Luke Shaw is always an option", he said. "You are saying he asked me why I changed him".

Van Gaal said in an interview with German newspaper Sport Bild: "I am not disappointed with Jose Mourinho".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to have "showdown" talks with two of his players ahead of this weekend's match. "It was a hard injury, it was an injury that with other players, other clubs, other medical assessments can end in surgery".

"This season and also last season (he had a bad injury)", the United boss said of a player who scored and assisted another for France against Russian Federation on Tuesday.

But the 25-year-old's struggle to find consistent form, plus an obvious difficulty on Mourinho's part to fit him into a system that suits his style of play, has seen Pogba reach what appears to be a crossroads in his career under the Portuguese manager.

The 66-year-old Dutch tactician succeeded David Moyes as Old Trafford boss in 2014 after guiding the Netherlands to a third-place finish at that summer's World Cup, but lasted only two seasons in the job. "I think in the end he was lucky because it was a strong contusion (bruise) and will take a little bit of time to recover". He was hauled off midway through the FA Cup quarter-final win against Brighton before the global break.

The former Southampton defender has started just six Premier League matches this season. But I think he's very fine after the injury. I always say the door is open for everyone, so no problem for him'. A report that Luke asked me why I changed him?


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