Manchester United had to send staff to Paul Pogba’s house to get the club’s £89million record signing out of bed. Sportsmail revealed this on Saturday.
It was learnt the 24-year-old had failed to appear at Carrington for a warm-down session following United’s thrilling 3-1 win at Arsenal the previous evening.
It is understood the France midfielder did not respond to phone calls, so support staff were dispatched to Pogba’s luxury home in Hale Barns to rouse him. The incident, which occurred on December 3, is only one example of United’s care team going to extreme lengths to cater for the club’s stars.
In some other instances, the team – which includes property managers and officers to facilitate dope tests – have even been sent to buy toothpaste.
Senior players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, club captain Michael Carrick and Ashley Young have become exasperated by the behaviour of their team-mates and other young players from the academy.
“Some of them look as if they’re taking the Mickey the way they’re ordering things,’ said a source to the Sportsmail. “It makes you wonder what would happen if they ever ended up at Rochdale or Bury. They would be stuck in a room wondering what to do.”
Pogba returned to action after a three-match suspension on Wednesday when United suffered a shock Carabao Cup defeat at Bristol City.
Afterwards, Mourinho questioned the attitude of some of his players, saying, “For some of us it was just one more day in the office – probably a day that some of them don’t even want to come to the office.”
There is no suggestion that Pogba was one of the players Mourinho was referring to, and the former Juventus star has been sorely missed during his ban. He will be a key figure as United try to cut Manchester City’s 11-point lead at the top of the table over Christmas.
Mourinho’s side only have six rest days between playing Leicester on Saturday, Burnley on Tuesday, Southampton next Saturday and Everton on New Year’s Day.