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Jose Mourinho made a “mistake” with Paul Pogba at Manchester United that would “never happen” under Sir Alex Ferguson, says Paul Ince.

The Frenchman was brought back to Old Trafford for £89m by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s predecessor, having spent four years with Juventus.

While they won the Europa League and Carabao Cup together in their first season, the relationship deteriorated by 2018 as a bust-up was filmed during a training session.

With speculation over his future continuing since then, Pogba has been linked with a move away this month after agent Mino Raiola declared his client’s career at United “over”.

Jose Mourinho made a mistake with Paul Pogba that would 'never happen' under Sir Alex Ferguson at Man United, says Paul Ince

Jose Mourinho made a mistake with Paul Pogba that would ‘never happen’ under Sir Alex Ferguson at Man United, says Paul Ince

While Mourinho has earned praise from the latest fallout, United’s former forward believes the 57-year-old’s management of the Frenchman was wrong.

Speaking to Stadium Astro after the Manchester derby, Ince said: “Under Mourinho, there were so many problems coming out in the papers.

“That would never happen under Sir Alex Ferguson, never. It’s from day one that this has happened.

“He’s never really adhered himself to the fans, despite joining as a young kid.

The former United boss endured a very public fallout with the midfielder

The former United boss endured a very public fallout with the midfielder

“His performances were very inconsistent and he started telling fans that he wanted to leave, so they never really took to Paul Pogba.

“Every week, every month, we see something coming out of Old Trafford about Pogba, his agent, and it upsets the club, the fans, the changing rooms.

“It wouldn’t have happened in our time with Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, Mark Hughes. We would deal with players.”

The former forward went on to suggest that now would be the right time to move the midfielder on.

But Ince said it would not have happened under Sir Alex Ferguson as the players 'would deal with it'

But Ince said it would not have happened under Sir Alex Ferguson as the players ‘would deal with it’

Ince added: “The best thing for Manchester United is for Paul Pogba to leave.

“I actually thought, when they signed [Donny] van de Beek, that they were preparing for Pogba to leave.

“But they clearly aren’t as Van de Beek didn’t get on today, which is embarrassing for me.

“I don’t envisage him being at the club by the summer. He’s got to go – he wants to go. I think it’s best that both parties part ways.”

It comes as Pogba jumped onto social media with a cryptic message after the draw against Manchester City.

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