EFL Cup: Proud Frank Lampard revels in win over mentor Jose Mourinho

The tension between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho has been simmering for months, and now it appears to have finally boiled over.

Manchester United suffered a shock defeat at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, with Derby manager Frank Lampard getting one over on his former Chelsea mentor, Jose Mourinho, courtesy of a dramatic penalty shoot-out win.

Just hours after Mourinho reportedly told unsettled star Pogba that he would never captain the team again, there was a bitter pill for the United manager to swallow as second tier Derby sprang a major surprise in the third round at Old Trafford. Through the highs and lows of his performances-and the inconsistency is the root of Pogba's complicated place at Man United-Mourinho had Pogba's back, lauding his character, proclaiming he could be a future captain of the club and accusing his critics of being jealous because of how much Pogba earns.

But a training ground exchange this morning clearly demonstrated there were major issues between player and manager.

Despite being rested for the third-round tie, the 25-year-old remained a hot topic as it was claimed in the build-up that Mourinho had told the World Cup victor that he would not captain United again in front of the squad.

" The only truth is that I made the decision that Paul will not be a second (vice) captain anymore."

The former Chelsea player has revealed what Mourinho said to him in their conversation. "The same person who takes the decision to make him second captain makes this decision now".

"I think teams are scared when they see Manchester United attacking and attacking".

The France global said United should "attack, attack, attack" when playing at Old Trafford in a none too disguised criticism of Mourinho's approach. When he says he did it for the fans and for the team that is exactly what I want, exactly what I demand from my players. Mourinho had a good first season with two trophies, but has since failed to deliver on silverware or style of play and isn't getting the best out of his players, including the ones that he has signed, like Pogba.

And the clash started in flawless fashion for the hosts when Juan Mata finished off a flowing team move after just three minutes to make it 1-0.

On Tuesday, Mourinho insisted that there wasn't any fallout between the two.

As a result, sources have said a number of players are prepared to consider a future away from United next summer if the situation does not improve.

But in the fifth minute of added time, substitute Fellaini headed in a Diogo Dalot cross to force the shootout.

"[The game against Wolves was] an important lesson; a lesson that I repeat week after week after week, a lesson that some boys are not learning", he said.

  • Angelo Rivera