Jose Mourinho plays down Paul Pogba spat at Manchester United training
MANCHESTER, England -- Jose Mourinho says the training ground spat with Paul Pogba is nothing compared to some of the things that go on at the club's Carrington training ground.
Cameras captured Mourinho involved in a tense exchange with Pogba on Wednesday just hours after confirming he had stripped the midfielder of the vice-captaincy.
But at a news conference on Friday, the United manager played down the incident by insisting it was lucky camera crews are not allowed in every day.
"When you say disruptive or you got on camera me speaking with Paul I am happy that you don't come here more times because you would get much more than that," said Mourinho.
"I can promise you, much more than that. Much louder, much more aggressive. Words with a completely different dimension, you would get a lot. So I'm really happy that the rules are 15 minutes [once a month]."
United head to West Ham on Saturday looking for their first win in three games after drawing with Wolves and losing on penalties to Derby.
Manuel Pellegrini's side have found some form with wins over Everton and Macclesfield either side of a positive draw with Chelsea.
Mourinho is expecting a tough test but even after a week of drama and controversy, he is confident of a good performance at the London Stadium.
"I think we are going to play very well, I think we are going to win a very difficult match against a very good opponent, an opponent with great investment, an opponent with a champion manager with lots of experienced players, lots of very talented players," he said.
"Very difficult but I am very positive. I expect to win.
"I expect to play very well. We work very, very well -- especially Wednesday and Thursday -- so I expect a very good performance and I expect to win a very difficult match."