I think it’s fair to say that Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba haven’t really seen eye-to-eye over the last month or so.
It all started with the stripping of the vice-captaincy following some words said in the media. Since then, tensions have been high in the Manchester United dressing room.
At times, Pogba hasn’t helped himself. The Instagram post during United’s penalty shootout loss to Derby County was an incident that immediately springs to mind.
However, while out with France during the international break, Pogba has spoken about captaincy in a far more mature manner. Stuff like this actually proves to me that he can be a leader when called upon.
“I’ve never played in the France team to be captain, being here is already a big thing for me,” Pogba said, per the Daily Mirror.
“You don’t have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband.
“As a leader, you can talk on the pitch but I’ve seen leaders who didn’t necessarily talk.”
As he says, you don’t need to be wearing the armband to be classed as a leader. Pogba took control of the game against Newcastle United at the weekend. He was one of, if not the main reason, the Red Devils turned things around.
He grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck and drove his teammates forward. His passes were incisive, he got his teammates into their best positions and he gave everyone a lift.
It was excellent to see him fight for the cause, to give his all for the badge on his chest, to show that he still believes in this club, in this manager. Now, it’s time for him to kick on and put in displays like that on a more consistent basis. Heck, we all know he can do it. On his days, he’s borderline unstoppable.