Paul Pogba: How Man United boss Jose Mourinho has shown his faith in me
The Manchester United star opens up about the responsibility of captaining the Red Devils
Paul Pogba believes Jose Mourinho’s decision to hand the record signing the captain’s armband highlighted the Manchester United manager’s faith in the midfielder.
The France international has endured a difficult second season back at Old Trafford following his club record £89m switch to Manchester United from Serie A champions Juventus in the 2016 summer transfer window.
Pogba won the Europa League and the League Cup in his first season back at the 20-time English champions but the 25-year-old failed to light up the Premier League as he managed to do at Juventus in Italy.
The versatile midfielder scored two goals and made two assists in his opening four Premier League games before he suffered a serious hamstring in a 3-0 win in the Champions League in September.
Pogba returned to the Manchester United team in November but he was exposed in the middle of the park alongside Nemanja Matic to prompt criticism of his performances.
Mourinho and Pogba were reported to have fallen out in early 2018 but the France star produced a man of the match performance to inspire a 3-2 comeback win over Manchester City in the derby.
Speaking about captaining Manchester United on several occasions this season in the absence of Michael Carrick, Pogba told the club’s website:
“It’s good that the manager believes in you, and the players.
“It’s an honour to wear the captain’s [armband], and just to wear the shirt and play at Old Trafford.
“I was here in the Academy and, for me, it was a dream to play for the first team, and I did it, so yeah, I’m very proud.”