However, the player put all the paper talk behind him, stepped onto the pitch and allowed his football to do the talking.
"I am the same, but it's a different team, obviously." he said.
However, after earning heaps of praise for a brilliant World Cup campaign, Pogba was brimming with confidence from the first whistle against Leicester.
Pogba was asked by reporters Friday night if he is "happy and comfortable" at the club, but his answer neither confirmed nor denied the tension that is being widely reported by the media right now.
After a summer in which Jose Mourinho suggested that Paul Pogba could "improve his focus" amid still ongoing speculation of a Barcelona move, he handed the Frenchman the captain's armband in the season opener against Leicester City.
"He's a Manchester United player".
"When I was younger, Michael Carrick was sometimes a captain as well".
Interestingly, club boss Mourinho has refused to applaud him after winning the World Cup in Russian Federation, preferring to demand from him not lose focus when it comes to club duties.
"There are things and there are things that I can not say otherwise I will get fined", Pogba told the British press after the Leicester match in a rare occasion he has stopped to speak with them.
Former United defender and Sky Sports pundit Neville said: "The club have spent £700m since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, it's a fortune".
"They look up to me is what he said". I think we are more the head coach than the manager.
At the last count the Nou Camp dwellers have sealed deals for the likes of Arthur Melo, Clement Lenglet, Malcom and Arturo Vidal. And the next day it was Bartomeu's comments that there were still 20 days left in the end of the current transfer window when asked about Pogba that added to the confusion surrounding the situation. "And wearing this, it's even more because of the past, because of the players that played here, the people that have been wearing this".