Jose Mourinho reportedly welcomed Paul Scholes’ scathing criticism of midfielder Paul Pogba as it deflected some of the blame for Manchester United’s poor form off the manager.

After the Red Devils’ 3-2 defeat to Brighton, Scholes said the Frenchman ‘wasn’t there tonight, he had another poor game’ and is ‘so inconsistent’.

Scholes’ comments enraged Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, who hit back on social media, writing: ‘Paul Scholes wouldn’t recognize a leader if he was in front of Sir Winston Churchill. Some people need to talk for fear of being forgotten.’

And according to the Daily Mail, Mourinho welcomed both Scholes’ outspoken comments on Pogba and Gary Neville’s criticism of Ed Woodward.

The former Manchester United legends placed the blame for United’s struggles on Woodward’s failures in the transfer market as well as the erratic form of Pogba, rather than solely criticising Mourinho.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Neville said Woodward should have backed Mourinho after handing him a new contract and given him the centre-backs he wanted.

Mourinho and Pogba have a strained relationship stretching back to last season, with the Frenchman dropped from the side at the turn of the year.

The pair disagreed over Pogba’s best position, and the team’s formation, while the Frenchman was also reportedly unhappy with how little praise he received from his manager for his World Cup heroics.

Pogba had been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, though United have zero intention of letting their club-record signing leave.