Paul Pogba will play for Manchester United at West Ham on Saturday but manager Jose Mourinho says “no player is bigger than the club”.
A clip of the midfielder and the United boss having a tense exchange on the training ground emerged on Wednesday.
Mourinho said they have a good relationship despite telling the 25-year-old France international he will not captain the team again.
“Tomorrow he plays. He is a player like the others,” said Mourinho on Friday.
“No player is bigger than the club. If I am happy with his work he plays, if I am not he doesn’t play. I am really happy with his work this week. He trained really well. The team needs good players. He is a good player.”
Asked if this week’s events could potentially have an impact on United’s reputation, he replied: “Manchester United is bigger than anyone. I have to defend that.”
The Portuguese was commenting for the first time since pictures emerged of a dispute between the pair at the Premier League club’s Carrington training complex.
That came a day after Mourinho told Pogba he is no longer United’s vice-captain.
“I explained in detail to the people that have to know, which is the squad and especially Paul,” he said.
“After weeks of analysing and changing opinions with my coaching staff, we made the decision that from now Paul is just a player and not a captain.”