Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov has urged Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba to resolve their differences.
The relationship between the United boss and the club’s expensive player has become increasingly strained in recent days.
Pogba, who reportedly wants to leave Old Trafford and join Barcelona, said after Saturday’s home draw with Wolves that United should “attack, attack, attack”, leading to Mourinho stripping the midfielder of the vice-captaincy.
Mourinho denied any fall-out with Pogba but footage has emerged of a tense-looking discussion between the pair at training on Wednesday morning.
Berbatov, who played at Old Trafford between 2008 and 2012, said in a Betfair press release: “If you are a captain or vice-captain, you’re more often than not speaking on behalf of the players, and there is nothing wrong with giving the manager your thoughts.
“But this shouldn’t be done in the media – it helps nobody for these arguments to be played out in public. Apart from the media themselves of course!
“In modern football, players are very powerful, they are the stars of the show. It’s normal for them to have opinions, but they need to be backed up.
“I’m really surprised it has got to this stage. This sort of thing really needs to be kept in-house. You’re all grown-ups, figure it out in the dressing room.”