Former Manchester City midfielder Michael Brown has claimed that Manchester United were forced to get rid of one of Paul Pogba or Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho has fallen out with French midfielder Pogba several times during his time at Old Trafford.

The former Chelsea boss has also fallen out with other several players including Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly, winter signing Alexis Sanchez and club captain Antonio Valencia.

But former Premier League star Brown believes the situation cost Mourinho his job, although he described Pogba as a ‘virus’.

Brown told the Football Daily podcast: “They (the players) could have done a bit more, but they’re not functioning. They’re not confident.”

“They’re actually thinking: ‘oh no, here we go again. What’s going to happen here?’”

“[There was] too much on their mind and there were too many stories coming out of Manchester United.”

“We talked about collectively getting them out, there are lots of ways of doing it now.”

“Every story came out through another avenue with the media. How does [the story about Pogba at Southampton] come out?”

“But there was something every week and you knew that the writing was on the wall.”

The Portuguese boss was replaced by United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the summer.

Solskjaer has managed to secure a 5-1 win over Cardiff City on his first Premier league as the Red Devils boss on Saturday evening.

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