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Pogba focused on Europa tie: Mourinho

Press Association logoPress Association 11/05/2017

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho claims Paul Pogba has not been distracted by FIFA's investigation into his STG89-million move from Juventus.

The world governing body is looking at the deal through its Transfer Matching System (TMS), the online platform that monitors cross-border transfers.

It is understood to be linked to claims that agent Mino Raiola will earn STG41million from the world-record deal last summer that saw the French player return to Old Trafford.

Asked if the stories had affected him or Pogba, the United manager said: ''No. The question is simple. He asks the facts and, no, he isn't affected.''

Neither the player nor Raiola has commented on the latest developments, while a spokesman for United said on Tuesday: ''We don't comment on contracts."

Mourinho was speaking ahead of United's Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on Thursday - the first leg finished in a 1-0 win courtesy of a goal from Marcus Rashford.

The Portuguese told the pre-match press conference: ''For Celta it is, in their words, the most important match of their history. And my feelings, it's also the most important match of our history.

''It doesn't matter what happened before, it doesn't matter how big matches we played before. 'What matters is the next one."

Skipper Wayne Rooney added: ''I think it's a massive opportunity for us as a group of players to win a European title and my focus is to help us try and win this one.''

A Premier League top-four finish is likely to be beyond United but they have won the Community Shield and the EFL Cup this season and Rooney said: "I said in October, November, that this club will be successful under Jose Mourinho having seen the way he works.

''If we can win the Europa League, that will be three trophies in his first season.

"We're not far off challenging for the Premier League and I hope next season in the Champions League. But I feel the club will be successful under Jose.''

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