Paul Pogba speaks out after Jose Mourinho stripped him of vice-captaincy

Paul Pogba speaks out after Jose Mourinho stripped him of vice-captaincy

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

Do you think Pogba is a natural leader? Yes, I think there are things that should not be done from the players' side and from the manager and above. "You don't have to be captain to speak". A leader is not someone who has the armband on.

Prior to the World Cup, Pogba had stated his ambition of stepping up his role within the France squad, and he was credited by teammates with having given a number of inspirational dressing room speeches during Les Bleus' summer triumph. He will be there on the pitch and show you the way. The armband has never been a goal'.

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The French midfielder insisted that Man United should "attack, attack, attack" at home after the club's 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, a quote which was taken as a subtle criticism of manager Jose Mourinho.

In September, Pogba encouraged Mourhino to let United "attack, attack, attack", although France boss Didier Deschamps says the pair's relationship has been exaggerated. 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.

'The same person that decides that Paul is not the second captain anymore is the same person who decides that Paul was the second captain. "It's the squad that put me in that position, who gave me the freedom to express myself, and gave me the confidence to". No fall-out at all, no problems at all, just one decision that I don't have to explain'.

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