Pogba: I've learned from past United captains
Paul Pogba put in a captain's performance in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Leicester City on the opening night of the Premier League season on Friday.
And the 25-year-old has revealed he's dipped into a well of knowledge from Old Trafford legends who skippered the side, and also Italian giants from Serie A.
Pogba has been captain before for United and wore the armband at the start of the 2018/19 campaign, in the absence of Antonio Valencia through injury.
Jose Mourinho has not confirmed when he expects the Ecuadorian right-back to be available again, meaning Pogba could get further chances to stake his claim for the role in the long term.
Just 26 days after scoring in France’s World Cup final win against Croatia in Moscow, Pogba was back in action with less than a week's full training under his belt.
He scored after three minutes from the penalty spot to set the Reds on the way to three points and lasted 84 minutes, before being described by Mourinho as
The Frenchman led United superbly by example and later said he’d picked the best bits from all his former skippers.
“When I was here before, Rio (Ferdinand) was captain. Patrice Evra was captain. Michael Carrick was also captain,
“ Paul said. ”I went to Juventus and (Giorgio) Chiellini was the captain, and (Gianluigi) Buffon was the captain.
“I have learnt from all of them. I don’t think there is a book called 'How to be a Leader'. You are either a leader on the pitch and off the pitch or you are not.
“I have always loved the club. I have played for the Academy, I have played for the first team and it was a dream come true. And now it is even more of a dream come true, wearing this armband, because of the past: the players who have played here and those who have been wearing this.
“For me, when I have this I have the confidence of the fans, they all help me. My team-mates also and I want to give them love and good performances on the pitch.”
Pogba revealed that first-team coaches Carrick and Kieran McKenna both pointed out his Reds background was one of the reasons he was handed the job against Leicester and the midfielder insists that being captain doesn’t alter his mindset for a game.
“Carrick talked to me, with Kieran,” he said.
“They came to me and spoke about Manchester United, big club, people look up to me, come from the Academy, stuff like that.
"So, obviously, if I can show the example as well for the players, if I can push the players and the players push me and trust me, it will be easier for me.
“But it's not just having the armband. I have always been talking to my team-mates. Having the armband, it's not like 'oh, I will show that I am a real captain and have to do extra work'.
“No, I just have to be myself and do what I can do and what I know to do.”