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Caption this! Paul Pogba's hilarious reaction to Jose Mourinho's departure from Manchester United

Was the Frenchman's social media post deliberate or a badly timed piece of Adidas marketing?

Paul Pogba's Instagram post after Mourinho left Man Utd.
Paul Pogba's Instagram post after Mourinho left Man Utd.

Paul Pogba was unlikely to be on Jose Mourinho's Christmas card list after their constant run-ins during the past couple of seasons.

And he definitely won't be now after Pogba's reaction on social media to confirmation that Mourinho left Manchester United after a terrible first half of the season.

The French midfielder, who started the past few matches on the bench, posted an image of himself on his Instagram and Twitter accounts with a smug look on his face and a description saying: Caption this!

The post was online for only a few minutes before being taken down.

Suggestions spread across social media that the post was part of an Adidas marketing campaign and was removed due to its bad timing.

This didn't stop former United player Gary Neville, a prominent media figure in the UK and ex-Valencia manager, from firing back at Pogba on Twitter.

United announced earlier today that Mourinho left with immediate effect.

"A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager," they said.

Pogba's days at United looked numbered while Mourinho was still in charge, despite the Portuguese bringing the former Juventus star back to Old Trafford in 2016.

While Pogba's form has been underwhelming for United, he was impressive for France during their successful World Cup campaign in the summer.

He criticised United's tactics after their 1-1 draw with Wolves, saying they needed to "attack, attack, attack" and was subsequently stripped of the vice captaincy and kept away from media duties.

There was also the training ground exchange in September which was caught on camera. Pogba looked dumbfounded by a Mourinho comment in front of teammates and coaching staff.

The midfielder is known for his elaborate social media posts, which have recently included dancing in the dressing room with teammate Jesse Lingard, and mocking himself over his own penalty technique – despite his lack of success this season from the spot.

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