MANCHESTER — Jose Mourinho has branded speculation his relationship with Paul Pogba is at breaking point as “big lies.”

The Frenchman has been substituted in two of Manchester United’s last three games, leading to reports that the midfielder is unhappy with his position in the team and regrets his return to Old Trafford.

Mourinho was asked at a news conference on Friday whether there was a problem between player and manager, and the Portuguese coach did not hold back.

He said: “I think you are nice with your words because when you say a lot of speculation you should say a lot of lies.

“A big lie that our relation is not good, that we don’t communicate, that we don’t agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team.

“It is my problem, it is the player’s problem. A big lie that our relation is not good, a big lie that we don’t communicate, a big lie that we don’t agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team.

“So, be objective and say what we all know: in the last couple of matches he didn’t play well. Period. End of story. Now, it’s my problem and Paul’s problem to deal with it and try to improve his performance level.”

More to follow…….