Mourinho in the match against West Hampur

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has said he does not need to be the team’s captain to become a leader; taking responsibility.

Pogba was recently stripped of his assistant captaincy following his criticism of gaffer Jose Mourinho’s tactics.

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The duo was involved in a frosty training-ground exchange the following day.

However, in a statement subtly aimed at Mourinho, Pogba has said, when asked, that he does not want to be the French captain.

“I’ve never played in the France team to be captain, being here is already a big thing for me,” the Frenchman, 25, said.

“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.”