Paul Pogba reveals he suffered bouts of depression after falling out with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and ‘wanted to isolate himself’, insisting he is ‘just a human being, not a superhero’
- Paul Pogba has opened up about suffering mental health issues during career
- Manchester United midfielder said at times he just wanted to isolate himself
- He cited losing the vice-captaincy under Jose Mourinho as a starting point
- Pogba also spoke about the break-in at his house while he played last week
Paul Pogba claims that he was driven to depression by his fallout with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy by Mourinho in September 2018 as their relationship turned sour, and he believes the situation led to mental health issues.
‘I’ve had depression in my career, but we don’t talk about it,’ Pogba said in an interview with Le Figaro while on international duty with France.
Paul Pogba says his mental health issues arrived when Jose Mourinho joined Man United
Pogba has now been speaking about suffering mental health problems during his career
‘Sometimes you don’t know you are, you just want to isolate yourself, be alone. These are unmistakable signs.
‘Personally, it started when I was with Jose Mourinho at United. You ask yourself questions, you wonder if you are at fault because you have never experienced these moments in your life.
‘All top athletes go through these moments but few talk about it. Inevitably, you will feel it (depression) in your body, in your head, and you may have a month, even a year, where you are not well. But you don’t have to say it. In any case publicly.
‘We earn a lot of money and we don’t complain really, but that doesn’t prevent us from going through moments that are more difficult than others, like everyone else in life.
Pogba was once filmed arguing with Mourinho during a United training session
Pogba said there have been times when he wanted to isolate himself away from team-mates
‘Because you make money, you always have to be happy? It’s not like that, life. But, in football, it does not pass, we are however not superheroes, but only human beings.’
The 29-year-old midfielder also spoke about the burglary at his home last week, which occurred while he was playing as a substitute for United in the Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid.
Pogba and his wife Maria Zulay rushed away from Old Trafford after the game to be with their two young sons who were at home with their nanny during the break-in.
Pogba spoke about the break-in at his house that happened last week during a game
The Frenchman indicated that his winners’ medal from the 2018 World Cup has been stolen, saying: ‘When I went home, I discovered that my home was robbed following the entry of three people who stole my safe. There was my mother’s jewellery in there and my World Cup medal.
‘What scared me the most is that my two children were at home with the nanny during the incident. She heard everything, called my wife and security, then locked herself in a room with the boys.
‘For several days after, she was in shock. The most important thing is that my children are doing fine.’