Paul Pogba has insisted that it would be “an honour” to captain Manchester United on a full-time basis in the future.
The Frenchman wore the armband against FC Basel back in September, only to hobble off with a hamstring problem early on, but captained the side once again against the Swiss side last month.
Michael Carrick, the current club captain, is likely to retire at the end of the season and many have pointed towards Pogba as a potential replacement.
And the 24-year-old, when asked about taking up the armband, couldn’t hide his enthusiasm at the prospect.
“It’s a big honour for me, to be honest,” he said. “To wear this armband at Manchester United it’s a thing that you can only dream of, just to wear it makes me very proud and makes me give even more again to the club, give my best all the time and that.”
Mourinho has never been one to place much importance on who dons the captaincy throughout his career. To him, the seat of authority never lies with one particular individual but rather in the collective identity of the team itself.
And the logic makes sense: relying on just one person to engender a sense of responsibility precludes others from developing as competitors on the pitch. Just look at Liverpool post Rafa Benitez.
But in the case of Pogba, you can see why many would want the proverbial heartbeat of this team to wear the armband. The way in which he takes control of proceedings and expresses himself on the pitch is contagious, and you imagine he will only continue to enmesh himself as the brain of the side over the next few years.