For more than a year, France's Paul Pogba felt like an unfortunate employee with a horrible boss at work, while playing for Manchester United.
For days, Pogba had to sustain Mourinho insulting him in public and inside the locker room, calling him 'a virus', for instance. Mourinho's continuous scuffles with the now FIFA World Cup champion had Pogba doubting himself.
The stress began to show not only on Pogba's face but also in his game.
A lot of big names of football had blamed Mourinho for his poor form last year and it seems that they were bang on target, as ever since the highly volatile Jose Mourinho was fired and was replaced by interim coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, or the Norwegian angel if you ask Pogba, the Frenchman has gone back to the old midfielder who was the most expensive player back in 2016 when he was signed up by ManU for £89 million.
“Before the coach (Solskjaer) arrived, I was in the shadows, on the bench, and I accepted that,” he said after the impressive 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. “It is a pleasure to play again. Now I am always smiling.”
Gunnar's efforts put in towards Pogba and the rest of the team reflects in his undefeated record of 6-0.
With United now tied for the fifth rank in the Premier League standings, there is a good chance that Solskjaer will be appointed as the permanent coach of the team and the players have shown their undivided support towards this idea.
"It's a pleasure to be reunited with him," said Pogba. "I knew him from the academy and the reserves when his nickname was 'Supersub'.”
Solskjaer, on the other hand, like a great coach, is not ready to settle with the 6-0 record.
After beating the Lillywhites, the Red Devils are only seven points behind them. Gunnar now wants his team to chase and erase the seven-point difference and reach the third rank in the league.
"He is doing a really good job,” Pogba added in Gunnar's praise. “As a player, he knew the mentality of this club. He has come back to help us and it is going very well."