Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Louis Saha rips Paul Pogba for putting pressure on Jose Mourinho

Louis Saha rips Paul Pogba for putting pressure on Jose Mourinho

Mourinho's public confirmation that he had erased Pogba from his list of vice-captains highlighted the discord between the United boss and his club record signing, but the midfielder has now offered up what will be viewed as his first public comments on leadership.

"With my age, 25 years old, I'm between the two sets of players, the oldest and the youngest", he added.

However, speaking ahead of France's friendly fixture against Iceland and Uefa Nations League showdown against Germany, Pogba stated that he does not need captain's armband to be a leader.

Pogba encouraged Mourhino to let United "attack, attack, attack" in a post-match interview with Sky Sports and was later stripped of the vice-captaincy by the Portuguese manager.

"I think he (Pogba) has done it on objective, and I don't think that is right", said Saha. "For us, it was the best trophy you can win as a footballer".

"For me, a leader isn't someone who wears something on his arm, who puts on the captain's armband".

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A Gaelic Blessing will be sung by the choir, and Italian singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli will perform Bach's Ave Maria. Charity guests and 1,200 members of the public have been invited into the grounds for the occasion.

And the former Juventus midfielder, who has scored twice and provided two assists in eight top-flight outings, said he has found it harder to motivate himself, having won the biggest prize of all in Russian Federation.

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

"As a leader you can talk on the pitch but I've seen leaders who didn't necessarily talk".

Pogba was one of six players in Didier Deschamps' squad to be nominated for the Ballon d'Or on Monday, and he believes the prize should go to one of his France teammates.

Lloris is the other member of Didier Deschamps' triumphant squad nominated while Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, an outcast at worldwide level, made it a seventh Frenchman on list for the award.

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