Paul Pogba has said that he is not concerned that Jose Mourinho has stripped him of the vice-captaincy at Manchester United, saying he can still be a leader on the pitch and in the dressing room.
Pogba was filmed at the World Cup delivering an inspirational team talk to his French teammates, who would go on to win just the second World Cup in their prestigious history this summer, despite Hugo Lloris being the captain.
That, along with his decision to return to training early, saw Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho unexpectedly hand the 25-year-old the captain’s armband in the absence of Antonio Valencia.
However, after a dull 1-1 draw with Wolves, where Pogba publicly denounced Mourinho’s tactics saying his side should ‘attack,’ Pogba was quickly stripped of the armband before the pair were spotted have a frosty exchange regarding the midfielders social media activity during a game.
Back with the French national team though for the upcoming game against Iceland on Thursday though, Pogba has said he isn’t motivated by being the captain, as he can still be a leader on the field without it.
“I’ve never played in the France team to be captain, being here is already a big thing for me,” Pogba told AFP while on international duty.
“You don’t have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband.
“As a leader you can talk on the pitch but I’ve seen leaders who didn’t necessarily talk.”
Pogba put in a man of the Match performance in his last outing, helping United to a 3-2 win over Newcastle having been 2-0 down after 70 minutes.