Manchester United interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes French midfielder Paul Pogba is a true ‘leader’ and he could lead the Red Devils’ squad in the upcoming matches. The caretaker-boss openly expressed that he will give a second thought about the captaincy position. However, Jose Mourinho previously stripped off the captaincy of Paul Pogba earlier this season.
The Frenchman captained the Manchester United squad thrice at the beginning of the 2018-19 Premier League season. Besides, he also led the team quite a few times during the reign of Jose Mourinho. But after the deteriorated relationship between them, the Portuguese coach stripped off the armband from Pogba.
While talking about Paul Pogba’s captaincy, Manchester United’s ex-manager Jose Mourinho told in September last year that “The only truth is that I made the decision for Paul not to be the second captain anymore,” and added “It was exactly the same person who decided Paul was the second captain: myself. No fallout at all, just decisions I do not have to explain.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on the other hand, said “Definitely, [I would consider him as captain], because I know the boy from before and he is a leader,” and then added “He’s a character, he influences people and you’ve seen the videos from France, and he cares and he really wants to be successful. He knows he can’t do it by himself, it’s a team game and he’s a character that brings so many good things with him when he’s enjoying himself.”
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The interim manager said “You see the personality. He loves playing football, he’s a larger-than-life character, that’s just the way he is,” and then further added “When the performances come as well, that marries together as a good leader and you see what it meant to him winning the World Cup. So for me, yes, he’s captain material.”
While recalling the old days, Solskjaer said “I’ve had all sorts of captains, you had Eric [Cantona] who was captain when I came, who wasn’t very outspoken but he led by example. Then you get, of course, Keano [Roy Keane] who was a fantastic captain. Gary [Neville] was a different captain, he was more vocal and Giggsy [Ryan Giggs] at times was also a good captain in the way of when he spoke, you listened.”