Manchester United vs. Derby County - Football Match Report

Jose Mourinho confirmed Paul Pogba has been stripped of the vice-captaincy at Manchester United, but insists they have not fallen out.

Pogba has deputised as skipper in the absence of club captain Antonio Valencia on three occasions this season against Leicester and Brighton in the Premier League and a Champions League trip to Young Boys.

The news was delivered to Pogba and the rest of the players at United's Carrington training ground on Tuesday.

Before the match it felt nearly as though the game itself was secondary given the pre-game revelation that Mourinho had told Pogba he will never captain the club again following the midfielder's claim that United ought to be a far more attacking outfit in home games than they were in Saturday's Premier League draw with Wolves.

Pogba was faulty for the Wolves' equaliser after losing possession in midfield. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.


"I knew that we were going to be in trouble, with Jones with Eric [Bailly] I knew that we were going to be in trouble then", he said. "We are here to attack", Pogba told the media after the match.

"To go down early at Old Trafford and play as well as they did was superb".

United started like a team determined to put the off-field issues behind them, with Anthony Martial excelling on the left and Juan Mata putting them into a third-minute lead after one of the wide man's unsafe runs.

"We should just attack and press, like we did against Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal last season".

Pogba's latest comments on Monday saw him question Mourinho's tactics, as he implored United to "attack, attack, attack" when playing at home, though he is adamant his remarks were misrepresented.

  • Steve Townsend