Roy Keane and Micah Richards argue over Paul Pogba after Jose Mourinho comments

Roy Keane and Micah Richards have disagreed about the importance of manager-player relationships following Paul Pogba's comments on Jose Mourinho.

The Manchester United star endured a fractious relationship with the Special One during his Old Trafford tenure.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's man management style is of stark contrast to Mourinho's and Pogba praised the Norwegian's approach.

But Keane has hit out at the Frenchman insisting his performances shouldn't depend on who is managing him.

He said on Sky Sports: "He's saying he didn't like Mourinho and he does like Ole. Its not necessarily about liking your managers, its about doing the business week in, week out.

"This idea that he likes Ole, it doesn't guarantee you trophies."

Richards though believes a strong raport between a player and manager will be beneficial long term.

"It gives you more confidence to say 'I'll run through a brick wall for you'," he responded.

"Players are a bit more sensitive and when someone outs you in public its not nice.

"I'm not saying that's going to win you trophies, but it'll build up a better relationship between you and the manager."

Keane hit back by insisting players mustn't be so invested in their manager's decisions and instead remain focused on the job.

Pogba has been unable to fire United to any silverware since 2017 and the Irishman claims the World Cup winner needs to back-up his words with trophies.

He added: "People say about managers upsetting players – that's your job. Managers used to upset me all the time – you put that to the side. You're still playing for Man Utd.

"Listen managers are entitled to make mistakes. I'm sure if Mourinho was sat here he'd say he got it wrong with Pogba on certain occasions. Sometimes you have to get on with it.

"Its not as if Pogba's been there for 12 months. He's been there or four years and they've not exactly been competing to win the big trophies.

"When Man Utd signed Pogba it wasn't to be playing in the Europa League and trying to win the league.

"He's come for big money, big reputation, he's doing the interviews saying he's come to win the trophies. Well do it against Man City in the League Cup, do it against Leicester away."

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