José Mourinho tells Paul Pogba he will never captain Manchester United again

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While insisting he has had no fall-out with Pogba, Mourinho admitted the player will not longer be considered to captain the team, in a move that will heighten suspicions of a power battle between player and manager.

The relationship between Pogba and Mourinho has been under scrutiny for a number of months, and Mourinho's latest action - carried out at Carrington today - is understood to be created to underline his authority at the club.

His relationship with the Portuguese coach is known to be tricky at best and he criticised the way United played against Wolves at the weekend, when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to the newly promoted side.

Pogba has stood in as United captain this season on...

"The players were happy with that decision and the reasons behind the manager's decision", the source added.

Pogba has been left out of United's squad to play Derby tonight.

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Phil Jones missed the crucial penalty in the shootout with the score at 8-7 and Mourinho admitted he was not confident of winning the tie once the centre-back stepped up.

There have been countless reports of a bust up between Pogba and Mourinho following some disappointing performances from both Pogba and the team. When we are at home we should attack, attack, attack.

"I know I lost the ball".

But things didn't go to plan as the Red Devils were dumped out of the competition 2-1 after Sergio Romero was sent off.

And according to the Daily Star's Adrian Stiles, Mourinho admires the defender and is keen to see Smalling's long-term future at Old Trafford assured before the season ends. I get it, I do get it and I'm sure it's something the players talk about in the dressing room.

"I am trying to build a group to be successful and nights like this are incredible".

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