Paul Pogba named Manchester United captain against Leicester

Man Utd news Jose Mourinho did not get the central defender he wanted on deadline day

He has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Juventus after sources told ESPN FC the 25-year-old was unhappy at some of Mourinho's criticism of him during the summer.

So, could the reports of a rift between Pogba and Mourinho be true or are the midfielder's comments being blown out of proportion?

Paul Pogba has found it hard in recent seasons to produce consistently good performances for Manchester United, but in their opening fixture of the new Premier League season, the Frenchman seemed like a totally different player.

"There are things, and there are things that I can not say, otherwise I will get fined", he said.

Pogba was pushed on his response and said that "if you're not happy, you can not give your best" when asked about what represents happiness and comfort for him.

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"If you're doing it for money, there's a point about doing things for money, but there's a point about doing things because you love it".

"There are things and there are things that I can not say otherwise I will get fined", Pogba told the British press after the Leicester match in a rare occasion he has stopped to speak with them.

"Man United have invested too much in Mourinho to sever those ties in the middle of the season".

Pogba, who was given the captaincy by Mourinho on Friday, summed up what it meant for him to be happy and comfortable.

"Pogba was a monster", Mourinho said. I have always been talking to my team-mates.

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So far there's no word as to who would fill this role, or when they would be appointed. Mourinho showed the faith that he has in his midfielder by handing him the captain's armband against the Foxes and he took on the responsibility in fine fashion. I know it's a great cup, it will stay in my mind, but I want to win all the trophies.

But for all that could have been this summer, Mourinho certainly has the talent at his disposal to make this a successful season, especially if Pogba can replicate Friday night's display. Paul Pogba can't play 90 minutes, Fred the same.

He adds: "When people trust you, then you're good in your own head, and it's going to be easier".

It also seems like a good decision when you take into account that Manchester City work with a director of football.

Pogba said "everybody was on the same page" in the France dressing room, from manager Didier Deschamps to the kitman, physio and players.

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