After revealing that he suffered from depression, Paul Pogba confided that it was during the period when he was coached by José Mourinho, at Manchester United, that he began to doubt his qualities as a player.
“Personally, it started when I was with Mourinho. I started questioning myself, wondering if it was my fault because I had never experienced anything like this in my life. Me and Mourinho had a great relationship, everyone saw it, so I don’t know what happened. And that’s the weirdest thing. I can’t explain what happened because that I don’t know,” the French international said in a statement to Le Figaro newspaper.
Pogba also warned that depression affects virtually “all elite athletes” and that they should not hide how they feel: “It has to be talked about.”
“We earn a lot of money, but that doesn’t stop us from going through difficult times in life, like everyone else. Just because you earn a lot of money, you must be happy? Life is not like that. In football, that doesn’t happen. We’re not superheroes, we’re just human beings.”