What Does Paul Pogba Want For Christmas? An Alarm Clock Would Do

Manchester United had to send staff to Paul Pogba's house to wake him after the club's most expensive player failed to turn up for duty, according to reports.

Pogba was due at United's Carrington training ground the day after beating Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium earlier this month on December 3 but never appeared.

The French midfielder didn't respond to phone calls from the club which saw United dispatch a team to his luxury home to wake him from his slumber, according to the Daily Mail.

This team, the report says, is there to tend to the players' needs—some have even gone as far as buying toothbrushes for players. Senior members of the squad, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Michael Carrick, are said to be shocked by some players' behavior.

Pogba had been sent off in the victory in north London and only returned to action on Wednesday (December 20) in what turned out to be a shock defeat to Championship side Bristol City in the League Cup.

While there is no suggestion manager Jose Mourinho was referring to Pogba, the Portuguese coach criticized his players' attitude to the game. "For some of us it was just one more day in the office—probably a day that some of them don't even want to come to the office," Mourinho said.

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Paul Pogba at Old Trafford, Manchester, December 5. Pogba reportedly failed to turn up to training after beating Arsenal earlier this month. Laurence Griffiths/Getty

But the United manager will be pleased to have Pogba back at his disposal as United looks to close the massive 11-point gap that has opened between them and Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola's City have not been beaten in the league yet this season and broke the record for consecutive victories last weekend when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

City host Bournemouth on Saturday as they look to continue the run and extend their lead at the top of the table, while United travel to the King Power Stadium to take on 2015-16 champion Leicester City.

It is the first of four games in 10 days for Mourinho's team, which he says has "punished" United. "There are clearly the ones that are really privileged, there is clearly another group that are really punished by the decisions of the calendar and another group in the middle of it where I would like to be," he said.

"I know that I will never be in the top group, but I would like to be in the middle group."