Paul Pogba reveals two areas of his game he must improve

Aubrey Yates
October 12, 2018

"It's hard to concentrate, to start again, to hit hard, because we touched the stars", the 25-year-old former world record signing told AFP.

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.

Mourinho last month revealed Pogba would no longer be considered vice-captain of the club despite having already worn the captain's armband three times this season in the absence of Antonio Valencia.

Pogba told L'Equipe: 'I have never played for France to be captain. "I would never say it's me, it's the squad who put me in that position, who gave me the freedom to express myself".

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

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"I couldn't have done it without them".

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.

"You don't have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband", he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

The 25-year-old was at the heart of Didier Deschamps' triumphant side in Russian Federation but returned to a hard situation at United after being dropped from Jose Mourinho's starting XI towards the end of last season. It is believed that Mourinho sees the former Barcelona striker as a leader who could transform the Man United dressing room with his presence. "That allows me to relay messages and have the chance to be heard", he said.

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