Paul Pogba acknowledged that not everything “worked well” with Jose Mourinho but thanked the former Manchester United manager for improving him as a player.
Mourinho’s two-and-a-half years in charge of the Red Devils came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when he was fired in the wake of a 3-1 defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool.
A particularly contentious element of Mourinho’s tenure concerned his relationships with some players, and he was reported to be on poor terms with Pogba by the time United dismissed him.
After United thumped Cardiff City 5-1 in their first game under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Saturday, Pogba conceded not all had been well under Mourinho, but nevertheless thanked him for his work.
“I know you’re waiting for something about Jose, about the result today,” Pogba told reporters in the mixed zone after the victory.
“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 [some] 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.