Observer on Saturday - - Sport - AFP

- France coach Di­dier De­schamps in­sists he is not con­cerned by es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions be­tween Paul Pogba and Manch­ester United boss Jose Mour­inho af­ter he named his lat­est squad ahead of games against Ice­land and Ger­many.

Pogba told re­porters he was "not al­lowed" to talk as he passed through the post-match mixed zone in­ter­view area fol­low­ing United's 0-0 draw with Va­len­cia in the Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day.

It was the lat­est episode in an in­creas­ingly tense at­mos­phere at the club, where a grow­ing rift be­tween Pogba and Mour­inho saw the France in­ter­na­tional stripped of the vice-cap­taincy last week. "I'm not wor­ried at all. I'm def­i­nitely not Jose Mour­inho and I'm not go­ing to med­dle in their re­la­tion­ship," De­schamps said.

"Ev­ery­thing is clear with Paul. He knows each time why he's here and what I ex­pect from him."

United are lan­guish­ing down in 10th place in the Pre­mier League af­ter seven matches and suf­fered a shock de­feat by sec­ond-tier Derby County in the


League Cup last week.

Pogba, a key mem­ber of France's World Cup-win­ning side in Rus­sia, also ap­peared to get un­der Mour­inho's skin af­ter their re­cent draw with Wolves by say­ing United should at­tack more.

"There's what's hap­pen­ing at their clubs but that doesn't just de­pend on them," said De­schamps.

"You can't sep­a­rate in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance from a team per­for­mance with cer­tain clubs who can go through a spell where re­sults aren't as good.

"That goes for all the play­ers. You have to take that into con­sid­er­a­tion, but the set-up is dif­fer­ent when they join us in the France squad."

TEN­SION: Paul Pogba.

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