April 20, 2021

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Tanguy Ndombele details talk with Paul Pogba over Jose Mourinho treatment

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Tottenham Hotspur star Tanguy Ndombele has revealed he spoke with Paul Pogba about how his treatment under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

Pogba had a turbulent working relationship with Mourinho at United, with the Portuguese manager failing to coax the best form out of the midfielder amid reports of numerous behind-the-scenes rows between the two.

Pogba’s French compatriot Nbombele initially endured a similar relationship with Mourinho when the 58-year-old was appointed Spurs boss in 2019.

Mourinho publically criticised Ndombele and infamously turned up at the midfielder’s house during the first coronavirus lockdown in order to take him for a run.


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Since then, Ndombele has blossomed into one of Spurs’ most important players, but he has admitted he did not find Mourinho’s treatment of him easy.

Speaking to FootballLondon, the 24-year-old revealed he spoke with Pogba about what working under the manager was like.

“We spoke, we spoke about that but really quickly,” he said.

“It wasn’t like he gave me any advice because our situations were completely different.

“It’s true he worked with Mourinho but my own experiences weren’t the same and each relationship has its own characteristics.”

After a game against Burnley last season, Mourinho issued a withering assessment of Ndombele’s performance and said his side had played without a midfield.

Nbomebele admits that it not nice to hear that sort of criticism but says it is a case of having to adapt to how Mourinho operates.

“If you know Jose Mourinho then you understand how he behaves,” he said.

“I wouldn’t call it confrontation, but he’s just got a certain way of sending his messages and it actually all depends on how you receive those messages he sends.”

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Manchester United were denied a penalty in controversial fashion against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were furious that Callum Hudson-Odoi wasn’t penalised for a handball, as they had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. The point leaves United 12 points behind leaders Man City, with Crystal Palace the next opponents.

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He added: “Burnley wasn’t the hardest moment for me.

“I think the hardest moment was the restart but sure it wasn’t a nice time for me, the match against Burnley.

“The coach came out and said what he had to say afterwards and it’s not nice to hear those things.”

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