Pogba: 'I don't need the armband to be a leader'

Lynette Rowe
October 11, 2018

Terrible defensive errors, including some amateur mistakes on a throw-in that led to Ayoze Perez running free at the back line, had gifted Newcastle a two-goal lead at Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old midfielder was informed last month that he will never skipper the Red Devils again after openly criticising his manager's tactics. I spoke with Hugo (Lloris), Blaise (Matuidi), (Raphael) Varane, to say that this World Cup we really had to put everything in place to win it.

Paul Pogba says becoming captain of France is not one of his ambitions, saying he can be a leader on the pitch without an armband.

"As a leader you can talk on the pitch but I've seen leaders who didn't necessarily talk", the midfielder submitted.

Pogba was one of six players in Didier Deschamps' squad to be nominated for the Ballon d'Or on Monday, and he believes the prize should go to one of his France teammates. Some things happened, and I think that like often, we make a big deal of maybe not so much. And now I think I'm a little more open, I express myself a little more.

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"It's true that there are some facts, and some may have jumped to certain conclusions".

In fact, the manager had a talk with the French midfielder during half-time about what he should do and it was Paul Pogba who suggested that he goes in defence so that the manager can bring in Marouane Fellaini.

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.

He was punished after demanding United "attack, attack, attack" following a 1-1 draw with Wolves.

The World Cup victor suggested the team needed to "attack attack attack", especially when playing at Old Trafford if they are to mount any serious challenge for the title this season.

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