Paul Pogba: Manchester United icons helped me become a leader

Paul Pogba: Manchester United icons helped me become a leader

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has revealed just who he learned his leadership skills from in order to captain the club.

The Frenchman was handed the armband by Jose Mourinho in the first competitive match of the season against Leicester City.

United edged out 2-1 winners on the day and it was Pogba who gave his side the lead within three minutes through a penalty.

The talented midfielder was rightfully named man of the match and did more than enough to repay the faith shown by Mourinho.

During the World Cup the former Juventus man was also shown having a vocal role in France’s bid to become champions of the world.

According to the Daily Mail, Paul said: “Rio Ferdinand was captain at United when I was first here. Patrice Evra was captain. At Juventus, it was Giorgio Chiellini, Gianluigi Buffon.

Michael Carrick was captain when I came back — and I learned from them all. I always love the club. I came in the academy, I grew up. I played for the first team.

“For me, it was a dream come true and wearing the armband, it’s even more of an honour because of the past, the players who’ve worn it.

“They help me, my team-mates, it makes me want to give them love and give them good performances on the pitch.”

There’s no doubt Pogba has always been surrounded by great leaders and there were plenty of fans calling for him to be named the club’s captain.

Unfortunately for him, Mourinho confirmed Antonio Valencia is the choice for this season but there’s no reason why the academy product can’t be next in line.

The Ecuadorian was after all vice-captain during the last campaign and it makes sense to pass him the armband following Michael Carrick‘s retirement.

Paul’s time will undoubtedly come and it was great to see him named captain in Valencia’s absence during the Leicester City clash.

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