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‘You do not have to be a captain to speak’; Pogba not worried after being stripped of Man United captaincy

botchway October 11, 2018

Paul Pogba says becoming captain of France is not one of his ambitions, saying he can be a leader on the pitch without an armband.

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

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. 

Pogba told L’Equipe: ‘I have never played for France to be captain. Being here is already something big for me.

‘You do not have to be a captain to speak. A leader is not someone who has the armband on. As a leader you can talk on the pitch, but I have seen leaders who do not necessarily speak.

‘For example, Pirlo is a leader, but he will not speak a lot in the dressing room. He will be there on the pitch and show you the way. He is a true leader. The armband has never been a goal.’

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

He was punished after demanding United ‘attack, attack, attack’ following a 1-1 draw with Wolves.

Credit: dailymail.co.uk

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