Why has Pogba been wearing an arm sleeve?

Friday 16 April 2021 16:20

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wore the captain’s armband during Thursday’s Europa League victory over Granada at Old Trafford, in the absence of Harry Maguire.

But the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that the Frenchman also donned a separate arm sleeve when leading the Reds in the second-leg win, as he has done for the majority of the season.

Pogba, who has been in fine form since his return from a hamstring injury last month, has received many plaudits for his recent performances. But there has also been speculation around why the compression cover has become a part of his match-day kit.

Pogba captained the Reds in the Europa League victory against Granada on Thursday.

The man himself had the answer when speaking to MUTV’s Mark Sullivan ahead of this weekend’s game against Burnley.

“It started with the pain, I had the pain [in the left elbow],” the midfielder explained.

“It actually started with my right elbow, so I put it on my right, and I had the same problem with my left, so I started playing with this to get it warm instead of the strapping. It’s tight on my elbow.

“I’ve been playing with this and it’s just natural now, just for security.”

Our no.6 has flourished in recent weeks, scoring on his return against Milan before providing four assists in the five matches since, across all competitions, primarily from an advanced role on the left side of midfield.

The midfielder says he’ll continue to wear the sleeve going forward and joked about it becoming connected with him as a player.

“Now it’s [associated with] me,” the 27-year-old laughed.

“When people see that, they think of me. It just becomes me.”