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Pogba ordered to put football before his image by fed-up United boss Mourinho

Date Posted,March 30, 2017

Jose Mourinho has told Paul Pogba to reduce his commercial work and concentrate on his Manchester United career.

MirrorFootball understands Reds boss Mourinho was unhappy with midfielder Pogba’s recent Twitter emoji stunt, and does not want his off-the-field activities to become a distraction.

Pogba has extensive sponsorship agreements including a huge deal with sports goods giants Adidas, but it was the emoji episode that tipped the balance for Mourinho.

The United boss is believed to have told Pogba to cut down on his commercial activities, warning the France star he was prepared to drop him if he felt they were affecting his form.

Pogba became the first footballer to have his own Twitter emoji… (Photo: Twitter)

Jose Mourinho with Paul Pogba
Mourinho wants more from Pogba, who he made the world’s costliest footballer last summer (Photo: Reuters)
…and had it embossed on his boots for a February game against Leicester (Photo: AMA/Getty)

Pogba, who became the world’s costliest player at £89.3million when he rejoined United from Juventus last summer, promoted his own emoji before the draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford in January and regularly sports eye-popping new hairstyles.

The France international was heavily criticised for his performance in that game, and accused of promoting himself — and now Mourinho wants him to focus on his football.

Pogba is also prolific on social media, and many high-profile managers believe it can have a negative effect on players’ performances.

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