The pair were pictured having a frosty exchange in Manchester United training at Carrington on Wednesday after the Red Devils were knocked out of the League Cup at the hands of Derby County on Tuesday night.
Mourinho went on to explain that his decision to take away the vice-captaincy from Pogba was not the result of any comments Pogba had made, but more a outcome of his performances on the occasions that he wore the armband.
Unsurprisingly, he took another opportunity to hit back over the training ground footage and the creation of a story over something he claims happens every day with every player, insisting the media will never be allowed in to watch a full session.
The team needs the personality to play. No player is bigger than the club and if I'm happy with his work, he plays and if I'm not happy with his work he doesn't play. I'm happy with his work this week, really happy, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday especially because today wasn't as important but he trained really well.
"I think we are going to play very well, I think we are going to win a very hard 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.
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"It's not tarnishing their name just yet, but the way it has gone over the last six to 12 months, it's not Manchester United. I have to defend that".
Considering how Pogba's crumbling relationship with José Mourinho has entered a whole new level of absurdity in recent weeks, Ferguson might have been right to offload the footballer back in the day. What confrontation? It's not a confrontation. You made an incredible story out of 15 minutes of an open training session.
Conversations with players I have many, many times.
Groves went on to say that he believes that in the battle between Pogba and Mourinho, it is the Frenchman who will come out on top, because the manager finds himself in unfamiliar territory.
That seems increasingly true when the wider scale impact of the Pogba drama is considered with both his and Mourinho's behaviour causing problems throughout the club.
"Paul and the other players in the squad know in detail the reason why myself and my coaching staff made a decision to do that", he added.