Jose Mourinho played World Cup winner Paul Pogba as Manchester United’s captain during their 2018/19 season opener against former EPL champions Leicester City, and there is a reason for the decision.
Pogba showed class at Russia 2018, scoring a World Cup goal against Croatia in the finals which ended 4-2 in favor of France, but having been on holiday for almost a month since the successful outing and starting training with the Reds barely four days, his choice as a captain holds meaning to Mourinho.
By this action, the Portuguese coach did not only show faith in Pogba but squashes claim in the media that both are nurturing an acrimonious relationship.
Speaking with Sky Sports about the 25-year-old midfielder, Mou said Pogba’s captaincy is not new.
‘He wore the captain’s armband a few times last season,’ the United coach explained.
‘Valencia [Antonio] remains the captain but he wasn’t ready for the game—and Paul [Pogba] is one of the options.
‘Besides, this is Paul’s third season at the club and he is a product of the United Academy so he knows more about the club’s culture and tradition.
‘Paul plays a big role in the dressing room. He is a good example and this was proven today when he made himself available, trying to participate.’
Pogba and Luke Shaw scored for United while Leicester City’s consolatory goal came from Jamie Vardy after 90 minutes.