Jamie Redknapp: Jose Mourinho should have made 25-year-old Man United captain

The Liverpool FC legend questions why Jose Mourinho didn't make Paul Pogba their new Manchester United captain

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Jamie Redknapp believes Jose Mourinho should have made Paul Pogba the new Manchester United captain.

The Portuguese head coach opted to hand the captain’s armband to Ecuador international Antonio Valencia following Michael Carrick’s retirement at the end of the season.

Pogba endured a difficult 2017-18 Premier League season under Mourinho and attracted criticism from the Manchester United boss for his inconsistent performances.

The 25-year-old was left on the bench for Manchester United’s 2-1 aggregate loss to La Liga giants Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16.

Pogba, though, silenced his critics during the World Cup as the Manchester United record signing helped France to win the major tournament in Russia.

The French midfielder got on the score sheet in their 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final.

Pogba is still on holiday after the former Juventus star was given an extended break following his exploits in Russia.

Former Liverpool FC captain Redknapp believes Pogba should have been given the responsibility of captaining Manchester United.

“Mourinho has gone with the safe option of making Antonio Valencia his captain but I’d have given the armband to Pogba,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.

“By building the team around him, Jose would be challenging Pogba to prove he is an elite player by delivering captain’s performances every week.”

Manchester United sold Pogba in an £800,000 deal to Serie A giants Juventus in the 2012 summer transfer window.

The Red Devils re-signed the French star in a club record £89m deal from the Italian champions in 2016.

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