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Solskjaer reveals he sees ‘leader’ Pogba as ‘captain material’

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been at the heart of his sides recent revival and his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he has all the attributes required to become Red Devils captain.

Pogba has been criticised at various points during his second spell at Old Trafford for his attitude and character, but the Norwegian manager believes the creative midfielder is a natural leader.

“Definitely, yeah, because I know the boy from before and he is a leader,” Solskjaer said ahead of United’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal on Friday night.

“He’s a character, he influences people and you’ve seen the videos from France, and he cares and he really wants to be successful.

“He knows he can’t do it by himself. It’s a team game and he’s a character that brings so many good things with him when he’s enjoying himself, I have to say.

“You see the personality. He’d love playing football, he’s a larger-than-life character, that’s just the way he is.

“When the performances come as well, that marries together as a good leader and you see what it meant to him winning the World Cup in what France broadcast. So, for me, yes, he’s captain material.”

25-year-old France midfielder Pogba was made captain by previous United boss Jose Mourinho earlier this season, but was publicly stripped of the role after criticising the Portuguese coach in the press.

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