Jose Mourinho's touchline comments may be investigated by lip reader

Should he be found by the FA to have used "offensive, insulting or abusive language" he could face a touchline ban when he returns to his former club Chelsea for Manchester United's first game back after the worldwide break.

This selfless act immensely benefited the team as Paul Pogba dictated the game in the second half and was involved in Man United's final two goals.

Yet the value of him returning to Old Trafford would not be measured in goals by Mourinho. With those talks, you should do it in the dressing room with your manager.

After five seasons in Ukraine, the 25-year-old is still getting to know the Premier League and has set his sights on playing a more central role after the global break. "Whether it be "Grizou" [Antoine Griezmann], Kylian [Mbappe] or Raph [Varane], they deserve it a lot more than me".

Prior to the World Cup, Pogba had stated his ambition of stepping up his role within the France squad, and he was credited by teammates with having given a number of inspirational dressing room speeches during Les Bleus' summer triumph.

Paul Pogba Told By Mourinho He Will Never Captain Man United Again
Paul Pogba got up and left after Jack Marriott put Derby in front with five minutes remaining at Old Trafford. Moments later, United goalkeeper Sergio Romero saw red for handling another Wilson effort outside the area.


France's midfielder Paul Pogba poses in Clairefontaine en Yveline.

While several fans, players, and even football pundits have opined that the Old Trafford club must part ways with the underperforming manager, a few notable figures, such as club legend Wayne Rooney and ex-boss David Moyes, have spoken in support of Mourinho.

Zidane, meanwhile, has been out of work since departing Real Madrid in the summer and has always been mooted as a possibility for United, should they decide to make a change.

Rooney was a club legend already by the time Jose Mourinho arrived - while Ibrahimovic earned the status as club hero and talisman shortly after his move in 2016. In fact, it could be just what the manager needs to turn his squad of malcontents around.

  • Lawrence Cooper