Paul Pogba: 'You do not have to be captain to speak'

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The 25-year-old midfielder was informed last month that he will never skipper the Red Devils again after openly criticising his manager's tactics. "I'd like to do that".

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Prior to the World Cup, Pogba had stated his ambition of stepping up his role within the France squad, and he was credited by teammates with having given a number of inspirational dressing room speeches during Les Bleus' summer triumph.

"I think he (Pogba) has done it on objective, and I don't think that is right", Saha, 40, said."It's the wrong communication, it puts pressure on the manager. with those talks you should do it in the dressing room with your manager".

Pogba insists he is the ideal go-between for the older players and younger members of Didier Deschamps' squad. "You don't have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband".

Pogba has faced criticism for failing to repeat his impressive performances at the World Cup for United, who have slumped early in the season. It puts pressure on the manager.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have each won five times in a decade-long stranglehold on the honour with Zinedine Zidane the last French victor after their last World Cup triumph in 1998. They gave me confidence as well.

"I would have said "no, that's not something to say because you're not the manager".

"I couldn't have done it without them".

"Then he went to Real Madrid and the same thing happened at Real Madrid".

The victor, which will be voted for by a global panel of 176 football journalists, will be announced on December 3.

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