Paul Pogba: 'You do not have to be captain to speak'

11 October, 2018, 15:46 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Saha backs Mourinho chastises Pogba for inappropriate comments

Mourinho made a series of comments to camera as he headed towards the tunnel after Manchester United's 3-2 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

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.

And the former Juventus midfielder, who has scored twice and provided two assists in eight top-flight outings, said he has found it harder to motivate himself, having won the biggest prize of all in Russian Federation. 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.

"We like challenges too, we have goals".

"I've never been upset with journalists, it's just that I did not want to talk. I'd like to do that".

"I've never played for the France team to be captain, already being here is a big thing for me" Pogba said.


"You do not have to be a captain to speak". As a leader you can talk on the pitch, but I have seen leaders who do not necessarily speak.

The Manchester United midfielder and World Cup victor is one of the biggest names and most outspoken figures in the French worldwide set-up.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have each won five times in a decade-long stranglehold on the honour with Zinedine Zidane the last French victor after their last World Cup triumph in 1998.

From there on it was an uphill task for the Red Devils but thanks to three goals in the second half, Jose Mourinho's men saved the game.

"When I see how Paul behaves towards his current club situation some may say that he's done everything he could mentally and when it comes to his individual performances to help the club", noted the Les Bleus tactician, who was quick to add. "Whether it be "Grizou" [Antoine Griezmann], Kylian [Mbappe] or Raph [Varane], they deserve it a lot more than me". They gave me confidence as well.

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