Jose Mourinho considering signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January 2019

Jose Mourinho considering signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January 2019

Despite taking on a key leadership role at the World Cup, a growing rift between Pogba and Mourinho saw the France worldwide stripped of the United vice-captaincy last month.

"If you get him, you know what you get", Babbel - now head coach of A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia - told Omnisport.

However, former Liverpool defender Babbel - who won the UEFA Cup and FA Cup among other trophies during his four years on Merseyside - defended Mourinho and pointed the finger at United's hierarchy, having hired the Portuguese in 2016.

"I think he has the ability to win [the Premier League]" he told BetHard. To do it where he has gone and done it, it's winning.

Both men have made a big impact on Carrick, who is one day hoping to become a manager in his own right after setting out on his coaching journey at United. It's up there with the very best.

The 25-year-old looked to have played the part of villain when he blazed over a golden opportunity to restore the hosts' lead late in proceedings, but he regained composure to tuck away a chance instigated by Eden Hazard six minutes from time and send the Red Devils top of Group A2.

"You're picking the top three, top five - two of them you'd say Jose or Sir Alex are right up there".

"It's not Jose Mourinho's fault".

United's hard start in the Premier League all seems a long away from France's glory in Russian Federation, but reunited again with his France teammates, Pogba was happy to recall that defender Adil Rami had described him as the team's "real leader" at the World Cup.

"Everyone is surprised they're not playing attacking football".

'I was at the game last Saturday and although they beat Newcastle 3-2, it's possibly the worst I've seen Manchester United play in one half of football for a long time. "At this level, to make these mistakes is unbelievable".

"I couldn't have done it without them".

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