The fracas between Jose Mourinho and big-money midfielder Paul Pogba has dominated the agenda in recent weeks, to the point where it irked the Portuguese the press weren't talking about Scott McTominay instead.
And any player who does not perform has warned they could be sold, according to reports.
Pogba, 24, was dropped to the bench for consecutive United games this season — including United's massive Champions League clash with Sevilla — and the Frenchman looked particularly unhappy with the scenario.
But according to the Independent, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has backed Mourinho’s methods and had told the Portuguese he can make sales if he wants to make upgrades in the summer.
Pogba has come back into the United Team in recent weeks, but has clearly had a difficult season form-wise with injury in the autumn and self-doubt appearing to creep in.
But the club have backed their manager over any future flashpoints between boss and player, keen to reiterate who is in charge, with warnings players could be sold if they don't do their job.
Much like Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, Woodward appears to want a culture where the boss has the power with player and agent influence slowly increasing throughout the game.
Ferguson got unquestionable trust from the board to sell players he thought were underperforming or undermined his authority, such as Mark Hughes, Paul Ince, Jaap Stam and David Beckham.
And the infamous exit of Roy Keane in 2006 remains one of the most vitriolic in modern football.
The situation between Mourinho and Pogba has now been “smoothed over” but there remains some tension — and the £89million man’s best game this season was back in January when United beat Everton at Goodiskn Park.
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And the quality of football has regularly been questioned under Mourinho, while he clearly sees Pogba, his most creative midfielder as a key part of that.
Former United star Gary Neville questioned Pogba's temperament on Monday after a poor showing against Crystal Palace in the first half as they came in trailing 1-0, before eventually going on to win 3-2.
Neville said: "It's been nowhere near good enough.
"The man on the ball there at the start of the Crystal Palace goal is Paul Pogba.
"His great strength is that he plays with freedom and like he's playing on the park with his mates.
"But his great weakness is that he's playing on the park with his mates.
"It's like everything he does is for a YouTube or Instagram video.
"It's like it's not serious – like it's a joke to him, the way he goes about things.
"There's no wonder Jose Mourinho has left him out in the last few weeks a number of times."
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