POGBA: I DON’T NEED THE CAPTAIN BAND TO BE A LEADER

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Jose Mourinho stripped Manchester United star Paul Pogba from his role as the vice-captain of the club last month – a decision that has stirred different reactions from many quarters.

Pogba has worn the captain’s band in the absence of Antonio Valencia, but after rumours of feud with the United boss, Pogba has been stripped off that role.

“The only truth is that I made the decision of Pogba not to be the second-captain anymore,” Mourinho said of his decision to strip Pogba of his vice-captaincy role.

“No fall out. The person who made the decision to be second-captain was also me. Just one decision which I don’t have to explain.”

However, Pogba has insisted he does not need the captaincy to be a leader and voice his opinion in the dressing room.

“I’ve never played in the France team to be captain, being here is already a big thing for me,” Pogba told AFP.

“You don’t have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband.

“As a leader you can talk on the pitch but I’ve seen leaders who didn’t necessarily talk.”