Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho denies Paul Pogba feud and hints at signing Brazilian… but not Willian

Rumours have swirled all season that Mourinho and his maverick French midfielder have had a series of bust-ups.

But Mourinho has described Pogba as "polite" and hit out at "lies in journalism".

Speaking ahead of United's eagerly-anticipated Premier League clash this weekend against Arsenal, Mourinho told ESPN Brazil: "If that happened 10 or 15 years back, it would bother me a lot.

"Because in that time it wouldn't have lies in journalism.

"Actually, I don't even know who's a journalist and who isn't anymore, because nowadays anyone can be a journalist. In fact, me and Paul never had a personal issue.

"If you tell me that we would have problems because me, as a coach, create different things than someone else and vice versa, OK, but personal issues, absolutely not.

"I feel happy to say that Paul can be a lot of things, but there's a thing I can assure you: he's very polite."

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United have been linked with a summer swoop for Chelsea midfielder Willian, and unsurprisingly Mourinho was quizzed about the prospect of signing the Brazilian.

But he poured cold water on bringing the 29-year-old to Old Trafford, instead focusing on the attributes Brazilians in general bring to the pitch after links to Fred and Alex Sandro.

He added: "I think that a team without a Brazilian isn't a team, but also, a squad with three or four Brazilian athletes, depending on their profile, cannot make a great team too. I'm kidding!

"I think their talent is fantastic and the creativity of the Brazilian player cannot be measured.

"If a European team, like, very European, could have a Brazilian in their squad, it would bring a 'Brazilian thing' to the game and I think that's very important.

"I worked with Brazilian players in every team I coached, and I enjoyed them a lot, everything they can give and also every problem they can create!

United host Arsenal on Sunday hoping to pull further away from the teams below them chasing second.

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