Pogba says he doesn't need Man United captain's armband to be leader

Posted October 11, 2018

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.

Mourinho's public confirmation that he had erased Pogba from his list of vice-captains highlighted the discord between the United boss and his club record signing, but the midfielder has now offered up what will be viewed as his first public comments on leadership. They gave me confidence as well.

He was looked upon as the "cool older brother" at United, even by the likes of Pogba - the two players are both represented by agent Mino Raiola, so were already close - and his departure has created a void unforeseen by Mourinho.

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The 25-year-old was at the heart of Didier Deschamps' triumphant side in Russian Federation but returned to a hard situation at United after being dropped from Jose Mourinho's starting XI towards the end of last season.

"I think he has the ability to win [the Premier League]" he said.

The France global believes he is capable of being a leader at United without having the captain's armband.

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The World Cup holders take on the likes of Iceland (October 11) and Germany (October 16) in the next few days before the players return to their respective clubs.

"During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again", Mourinho was quoted as saying after watching France triumph in Russian Federation.

"You don't have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband", he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

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"As a leader you can talk on the pitch but I've seen leaders who didn't necessarily talk". "Whether it be "Grizou" [Antoine Griezmann], Kylian [Mbappe] or Raph [Varane], they deserve it a lot more than me".