Paul Pogba made the headlines with a fine performance against Leicester City on Friday night, as Manchester United kicked off their 2018-19 season with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old was a surprise starter after returning to training at the Aon Training Complex in Carrington just five days earlier on Monday.
He showed no signs of rust though as he controlled the midfield and netted the opener from the penalty spot after just three minutes; Luke Shaw scored his first career goal in the 83rd minute to seal the victory.
Reports emerged that Pogba was given the captain’s armband in Antonio Valencia‘s absence as a ploy to make him stay at the club, but the player has since come out and given a very interesting reason for his captaincy.
“[Michael] Carrick came to talk to me and told me he wanted me to wear it because of the story, because of what I give to the club, what I give to the people, the fans, the young people in the academy. They look up to me he said.”
Pogba is now one of the more experienced members of Jose Mourinho’s young squad, although he’s only 25, and will be looking to build on his strong start at Brighton & Hove Albion next Sunday.