Pogba is at loggerheads with Mourinho and the public spat is threatening to ruin Manchester United’s season.

The warring pair have fallen out on a regular basis ever since Pogba returned to United from Juventus for £89million.

The situation came to a head this week, with Pogba slagging off Mourinho’s tactics before finding himself stripped of the vice captain’s role and lambasted in training in full view of his team-mates and the TV cameras.

Footage showed Pogba running on to the training pitch where he shook hands with team-mates.

But words appeared to be exchanged with Mourinho and the pair were involved in a public stand-off.

Expert Judi James is one of the best in the business at analysing body language and she has likened the two to ‘prize-fighters’.

“The body language in this footage suggests the kind of stare—down that you see between prize-fighters at a weigh-in,” James told Express Sport.

“Pogba arrives looking chipper enough, greeting other players with some upbeat hand-slaps but when he spots Mourinho mooching with his hands in his pockets he pauses in what looks like disbelief or shock.

“He stares intently at the manager whose concealing of his hands shows he has no intention of offering a warm greeting.

“There appears to be words exchanged but it’s the ongoing staring and facial expressions that seems to define what looks suspiciously like dislike between the two men.

“Jose walks behind his player and Pogba turns his head to continue the stare.”

And, crucially, James thinks Mourinho has no intentions of rebuilding the relationship.

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She added: “The fact this incident was played out in public and in front of the team rather than back in the office suggests little desire for any fence-building at this stage.”

United legend Paul Ince yesterday launched a blistering attack on Pogba and urged Manchester United to kick him out of Old Trafford.

Ince told Paddy Power: “The latest episode between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba, where they were caugh rowing on the cameras at training, shows a complete lack of professionalism from both of them.

“The whole thing between those two is just ludicrous now. If anybody had any doubts before about how those two feel about each other – it’s been proven for everyone to see. They very clearly don’t get on.

“Not every player is going to like their manager all the time. It’s not about the dislike for each other, it’s about the fact you’re playing for a team and you should want to put that aside and win games.

“I said weeks ago that someone needed to put this situation to bed. No one is bigger than Manchester United, yet somehow Pogba thinks he is.

“There’s been an issue between them for a long time, and it’s been allowed to spiral out of control and get into the mess it’s in now.

“There’s absolutely no chance this would have happened under Ferguson. He’d have had the situation dealt with weeks, even months ago. There’s no way that Manchester United can compete with Liverpool or Manchester City, or even win trophies, when they’ve got situations like this happening in the club.

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“I can tell you what Fergie would’ve done, too. There’d have been a complete ban on Pogba speaking to all media. Because it’s obvious that he’s been feeding off the attention he’s been getting and that’s made it even worse.”

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