Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says he experienced depression after falling out with Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese manager’s time in charge at Old Trafford.
Mourinho was sacked as United manager in December 2018.
“I’ve experienced depression many times in my career, but you don’t talk about it,” he told The Figaro.
“Sometimes, you don’t know you’re depressed, you only want to isolate yourself, be alone, and these are signs that don’t deceive.
“Personally, it started when I was with Jose Mourinho in Manchester. You ask yourself questions, wonder if you’re at fault, because you have never lived moments like these in your life.”
Pogba re-joined United for a then-world record £ 89m in 2016, the same summer Mourinho succeeded Louis van Gaal as Red Devils boss.
He helped United win the League Cup and Europa League in 2017 under the former Chelsea boss but their relationship soured at the start of the following season.
Mourinho told Pogba he would never captain the side again under his management, reportedly because of concerns about his attitude, before he was sacked two months later after a run of poor results.
Pogba says focusing on his family and talking to former players who also experienced depression, including former Manchester United team-mate Patrice Evra, helped him cope.
“I don’t want these negative moments to make me forget all my achievements, but it’s not necessarily easy,” he said.
“And when you can’t do it all alone I talk a lot with ‘Uncle Pat’ [Evra]former players who lived it, because they’ll understand you right away.
“Talking, being listened to, getting out all this anger and depression that gnaws at you, it’s mandatory for me.
“Of course, we earn a lot of money and we can’t complain, really, but it doesn’t stop you from going through these moments.
“Just like everyone in life, some moments are more difficult than others.
“Because you earn money, you should always be happy? That’s not how life is. But, in football, it’s not accepted, even though we’re not superheroes, only human beings.”
Pogba World Cup medal stolen
Pogba also says burglars stole his World Cup winner’s medal when they broke into his home.
He spoke of his “family’s worst nightmare” last week when his home was burgled during his side’s Champions League game against Atletico Madrid.
His two young children and their nanny were in the house at the time.
“The main thing is that my children are well,” he said.
Speaking about what was taken, Pogba added: “There were jewels from my mother, my world champion medal.
“What scared me the most was that my two children were at home with the nanny during this incident.
“She overheard everything, called my wife and security, then locked herself with the boys in a room. For several days, she was shocked.”
Pogba is in a camp with France before friendlies against Ivory Coast and South Africa.
“This break gives me a real breath of fresh air,” he added. “I want to have playing time to come back in top form at the club. Wearing this jersey, representing my country, is more than ever a source of pride.”