Pogba says he doesn’t need armband to be leader

Tanya Simon
October 11, 2018

The Portuguese tactician removed Pogba as vice-captain following the midfielder's public criticism of his tactics two weeks ago, and many believe the Frenchman's latest comments could be seen as yet another jab at his manager.

Mourinho last month revealed Pogba would no longer be considered vice-captain of the club despite having already worn the captain's armband three times this season in the absence of Antonio Valencia.

"I think he has done it on goal, and I don't think that is right", Saha said at the AFDP Spirit of Soccer launch.

"You do not have to be a captain to speak". It puts pressure on the manager.

The Manchester United midfielder and World Cup victor is one of the biggest names and most outspoken figures in the French global set-up. As a leader you can talk on the pitch, but I have seen leaders who do not necessarily speak.

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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.

However, following the break, there was an evident step in terms of the performance levels and Pogba was one of those who stepped up his game after Mourinho chose to play him in a deeper midfield role than his usual position. "That allows me to relay messages and have the chance to be heard".

"I'm not going to get into it, whether it's (Antoine) Griezmann, Kylian (Mbappe) or Raphael who deserve it much more than me".

"I think the World Cup is the ideal habitat for a player like him to give the best. But I hope with all my heart that it's one of the four, because there is [also] NG [N'Golo Kante]".

The victor, which will be voted for by a global panel of 176 football journalists, will be announced on December 3.

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