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

Manchester United's Paul Pogba shakes hands with Jose Mourinho after being substituted

Manchester United's Paul Pogba shakes hands with Jose Mourinho after being substituted

Pogba was stripped of the United vice-captaincy by manager Jose Mourinho this season after criticising his tactics.

Despite his struggles at United, Pogba was one of six members France's World Cup squad to be named in the list of 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or, released by France Football on Monday.

Paul Pogba of Manchester United has had a very public falling out with manager Jose Mourinho.

United's hard start in the Premier League all seems a long away from France's glory in Russian Federation, but reunited again with his France teammates, Pogba was happy to recall that defender Adil Rami had described him as the team's "real leader" at the World Cup.

"I think he (Pogba) has done it (public comments) on objective, and I don't think that is right", said Saha, speaking at the AFDP Spirit of Soccer launch. Myself. I am the manager, I can make these decisions.

"I couldn't have done it without them". It all began like that, from our training camp.

Pogba made his France debut in 2013, and has racked up 62 caps while appearing at three major tournaments.

Manchester United boss Mourinho is under pressure at Old Trafford with players beginning to turn on the 55-year-old.

"That allows me to relay messages and have the chance to be heard".

Hugo Lloris lifted the trophy in Moscow in mid-July as Didier Deschamps' captain, and Pogba said he would continue being an influential figure in the squad even if he never replaced the Tottenham goalkeeper.

The World Cup holders take on the likes of Iceland (October 11) and Germany (October 16) in the next few days before the players return to their respective clubs.

Asked whether he would want an official leadership role for France, Pogba gave the example of Andrea Pirlo at Juventus as a captain who was not the loudest voice in the dressing room.

He said the France captaincy was not one of his main goals. Yes, I think there are things that should not be done from the players' side and from the manager and above. As a leader you can talk on the pitch, but I have seen leaders who do not necessarily speak. He will be there on the pitch and show you the way.

"It's all I hope for whatever happens, because there are a lot of them who deserve it", he said.

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