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

Asked about his motivations after reaching the pinnacle with France in the summer, Pogba told Le Figaro: 'I'm not satisfied, I'm still very hungry. "It's the squad that put me in that position, who gave me the freedom to express myself, and gave me the confidence to". 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.

Pogba has made no references to United in his media comments this week, but a former France World Cup victor has suggested he has been a little too vocal in his public comments this season.

Pogba insists he is the ideal go-between for the older players and younger members of Didier Deschamps' squad. "Whether it be "Grizou" [Antoine Griezmann], Kylian [Mbappe] or Raph [Varane], they deserve it a lot more than me".

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.

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

The tall midfielder, said to be unsettled and chasing a move to Barcelona after being at loggerheads with manager Mourinho for the past year, has once again shown when it comes to being flashy on and off the pitch, there are few who can match him.

Pogba believes being in the World Cup-winning France team is in itself a big achievement and he never plays to get the armband.

"I've never played in the France team to be captain, being here is already a big thing for me", he said. As a leader you can talk on the pitch, but I have seen leaders who do not necessarily speak.

"I can't pick one of them, but I sincerely hope it'll be one of those three, or even four because there's also NG (N'Golo Kante)".

Vanessa Coleman

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