Jose Mourinho has suggested that his failure to get the best out of Paul Pogba at Manchester United, was because he did not have the right “chemistry” with the midfielder.
Pogba has made a drastic improvement since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Mourinho as manager in December, with nine goals and seven assists in 15 appearances.
During his time at Old Trafford, Mourinho clashed many times with Pogba and the 56-year-old admits he needs to improve how he manages the players he is not always on good terms with.
“I think the thing that normally is crucial and I’m thinking about all these things in the two months I’ve not been working.
“You try to always to find solutions for the problems, there is one problem that I cannot find a solution which is – when the player is playing he likes the manager, when he’s not playing he doesn’t like the manager.
“This is something basic that you can try to control a little bit, but that’s
“They play, they are first-choice players, they like you very much, if they don’t play, they don’t like you very much. This is the basic thing you cannot change.
“Then, I think it’s about like in every job in the world with human beings, we like some people more than others. That’s normal.
“It’s the personality, the way of being, the way of thinking, you have more chemistry, empathy and chemistry.
“And that’s why some players are phenomenal with one manager and with another not so good. It’s chemistry.
“And one of the things I want to analyse and detail and to try to understand this situation better, you need to care more about the relations with the ones you don’t like.
“Because the ones you like and the ones who love you, you don’t need to feed it every day and every moment because it’s something you have for granted. ‘Human nature is human nature,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.