Jose Mourinho on Friday, March 30, 2018, asked reporters at his pre-Swansea City press conference to question Paul Pogba, rather than him, on the midfielder’s struggles on the pitch over the last couple of months.
Pogba has not been the same since returning from his 10-week hamstring lay-off in November and had further spells on the sidelines through fitness and form, but Mourinho insists that is not a hangover from his injury.
‘I think he is very fine after the injury. It was a difficult injury, it was an injury that other players, other clubs, other medical assessments, they end in surgery.’
‘His option with the medical opinions was not to go to the surgery table and his recovery was really really good. I think he is more than fine in relation to his recovery from the injury, which is an area sometimes where you have a recurrence. In his case, not at all.’
‘It’s nothing to do with his injury. His recovery was good.’
Then when he was pressed further for an explanation, Mourinho urged those in attendance to ask Pogba, rather than him, about his dip in form:
‘Ask him. Ask him when you get a chance when he thinks about it.’