World Cup Winner and Manchester United record signing Paul Pogba has revealed he doesn’t play to become a captain as you don’t need an armband to be outspoken
Pogba told L’Equipe: ‘I have never played for France to be captain. Being here is already something big for me.
‘You do not have to be a captain to speak. A leader is not someone who has the armband on. As a leader you can talk on the pitch, but I have seen leaders who do not necessarily speak.
‘For example, Pirlo is a leader, but he will not speak a lot in the dressing room. He will be there on the pitch and show you the way. He is a true leader. The armband has never been a goal.’
Pogba was stripped of his vice-captaincy in Manchester United by Jose Mourinho after blasting the manager’s tactics and the Frenchman’s latest speech might ultimately be interpreted to be aimed at Mourinho.
Mourinho said at the time: ‘The only truth is that I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain any more but no fall-out, no problems at all.
‘The same person that decides that Paul is not the second captain anymore is the same person who decides that Paul was the second captain. Myself. I am the manager, I can make these decisions. No fall-out at all, no problems at all, just one decision that I don’t have to explain.’
Pogba also admits it is hard to concentrate after winning football’s most coveted trophy
“It’s hard to concentrate, to start again, to hit hard, because we touched the stars. For us, it was the best trophy you can win as a footballer.”
“We like challenges too, we have goals. For example, I’ve never won the Premier League, that’s an objective. I’d like to do that.”
Pogba has been at war with Jose Mourinho for some time but did manage to inspire a comeback for Manchester United against Newcastle United, and his National coach Didier Deschamps has backed his player
Deschamps said: “I think that [the row] is exaggerated. Maybe you didn’t watch the last game because I saw a great Paul Pogba.
“I think that Jose Mourinho saw the same thing as me. Some things happened, and I think that like often, we make a big deal of maybe not so much.
“It’s true that there are some facts, and some may have jumped to certain conclusions.
“When I see how Paul behaves towards his current club situation some may say that he’s done everything he could mentally and when it comes to his individual performances to help the club.”
Deschamps added: “There is no issue with Paul. I don’t want to be mixed up with anything and to interfere with any player’s relationship with their coach.”