Jose Mourinho has warned Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic that they are not indispensable in his team.
The Manchester United manager has already dropped Captain Wayne Rooney and says he will have no problems doing same with Pogba and Ibrahimovic if he finds it necessary.
Mourinho had said during his first spell at Chelsea that certain players were ‘untouchable’, but says it doesn’t apply to the current situation at Manchester United.
“That was 11 years ago,” he was quoted by the Daily Mail. “Different Premier League, different situation, and the best team by far, that is a different story. Not untouchable.
“Untouchable in our team has to be the spirit and commitment, the pride, the commitment to the club, respect to the fans. That has to be untouchable, not players.”
Both Pogba and Ibrahimovic have under-performed of late, and came in for criticism for their efforts in the Manchester United’s 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Monday that leaves Mourinho’s side seventh in the Premier League.
Pogba in particular has not lived up to expectations since his world record £89million move from Juventus over the summer, having failed to score and registering just one assist in his nine games so far.
Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, hit the ground running with five goals in his first five games following his free transfer over the summer, but has scored just once in his last seven outings for the Red Devils.
Mourinho had claimed during his first spell with Chelsea that members of his team that romped to back-to-back titles were ‘untouchable’, but denied that United players like Pogba and Ibrahimovic fell into the same category.