Paul Pogba’s reported feud with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is considered to be “normal” by former Red Devils defender Wes Brown.
The working relationship between a star midfielder and his outspoken manager has provided an unwelcome backdrop to a testing 2018-19 campaign at Old Trafford.
The World Cup-winning midfielder has continued to be called upon, though, with United aware that he can be a talismanic presence on his day.
With that in mind, Brown believes too much is being made of a squabble which is commonplace in modern football, with the ex-England international telling Express Sport: “I had a few arguments myself with Sir Alex Ferguson – it's football.
“When the going gets tough – it gets tough.
“And United have had it tough over the three or four weeks, basically on results – they've lost some bad games.
“But personal football things where managers fight with players, players fight back – that’s normal; that’s been going on for as long as I can think of.
“Managers are managers, that’s what they do.”
Pogba and his United colleagues helped to ease some of the pressure which has been building on their boss during a dramatic 3-2 victory over Newcastle heading into the international break.
That result is considered to have silenced questions regarding the Red Devils’ stomach for a fight, with Brown adding his voice to those who have rubbished any suggestion of players giving up.
He added: “I don’t necessarily think Mourinho struggled to motivate the players in previous games.
“If you look at a few individual performances they just weren’t probably good enough.
“[But] regardless of what people say, no player actively goes out there and doesn’t play well [on purpose] - that is not the case whatsoever. And I’m sure you can ask any player that.
“They just need to start somewhere and that’s by showing a bit of fight, and that’s what they did against Newcastle in the second half.”