Paul Scholes has called for Paul Pogba to become Manchester United captain, noting the extra responsibility would have a positive impact on his game.
Many supporters wanted the Frenchman to be given the armband this season after footage emerged of him giving rousing speeches in the changing room during France’s triumphant World Cup campaign.
Antonio Valencia was given the captaincy instead but Pogba, in the Ecuadorian’s absence, led Man United out against Leicester City last Friday and produced a talismanic display.
Speaking earlier this week, Scholes insisted that Jose Mourinho would be wise to give Pogba the captaincy on an official basis.
“Of course he showed desire, he should be showing that every week anyway,” he said. “Captain’s armband? I thought the minute we signed him he should have been made captain.”
“Give him some responsibility, a young player. I don’t think there was a standout person to be captain in that team, I just that that was ideal for him hopefully he can keep that.
“He started OK Friday, I don’t think it was anything special, if he can thrive on the responsibility then yes, keep him with the armband.”
Adil Rami noted in the wake of winning the World Cup that Pogba, from somewhere, had become a true leader.
But the truth is that Pogba was always somebody who led from the front: a driving force in midfield, a player whose very demeanour galvanises others, bringing positivity and high standards every week, always talking and motivating.
You saw how the France changing room responded to him. Some players have a special kind of magnetism and Pogba is one of them. He exudes a special sort of infectious energy. Mourinho would be wise to give him – if not the armband – the platform to lead the United team this season.