Martial: Pogba is a leader

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has described Paul Pogba as a ‘leader’, saying that he leads the team with both ‘the spoken word’ and his performances.

Having won the World Cup in the summer, Paul Pogba made himself available for Manchester United‘s first league game of the season against Leicester – a game in which the 25-year-old was made captain by Jose Mourinho.

However, Mourinho stripped him of the ‘second captaincy’ just a month later, with the Portuguese unhappy with his performance levels, public outbursts, and the fact he was on social media during United’s shock Carabao Cup exit to Derby County.

Since Mourinho’s departure though, Pogba has been afforded a new lease of life, being involved in a very impressive 11 goals in just nine appearances under the stewardship of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

Speaking before this weekend’s game against Fulham, another former Mourinho outcast – Anthony Martial – has described Pogba as a ‘leader’ both in the dressing room and on the pitch.

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“We all know what quality Paul possesses – Paul is Paul,” Martial told Sky Sports. “Now he has got this freedom to play with, I think we are beginning to see the real Paul Pogba play and let’s hope it continues.

“He is a leader, he talks more in the dressing room than he does on the field to be fair. Technically and with the spoken word, he is a leader in both senses. I hope he can continue to lead us to great things.

“I don’t think we are very far off the top four now so it is just a case of keeping going, winning as many games as we can so we can ensure a place in those Champions League spots at the end of the season.

“Any footballer would say the same thing, [my goal is] to win as many titles and trophies as possible, as much silverware as possible and it is also really important to keep developing, progressing and improving as a player over the years.

“I’d describe the period [since Martial has been at United] as really enriching for me as a person and a footballer. They have been good years, I’ve learnt a lot and I hope that I can continue to push on in the next few years as well.

“The fans and I have had quite a special relationship from my first season and fortunately, it has continued to last until now. I hope it continues into the future and let’s hope that together, we can win trophies and silverware.”

Read also: Martial praises Solskjaer’s management.

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