Why Jose Mourinho desperately needs Zlatan Ibrahimovic back at Manchester United

Oct 11, 2018, 18:44

The 25-year-old midfielder played a big part in Les Bleus' campaign in Russian Federation, scoring a goal in the final as Didier Deschamps' side beat Croatia 4-2 to lift the coveted trophy.

With Jose Mourinho recently stripping Paul Pogba of the vice-captaincy at Manchester United, the Frenchman has now insisted he does not need an armband to be a leader in matches.

Pogba told L'Equipe: 'I have never played for France to be captain.

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Asked about his motivations after reaching the pinnacle with France in the summer, Pogba told Le Figaro: 'I'm not satisfied, I'm still very hungry.

"You don't have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband", he is quoted as saying by The Mirror. He will be there on the pitch and show you the way.

"The armband has never been a goal".

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France and Manchester United star Paul Pogba believes he did not focus on his game after claiming the summer World Cup trophy with the Les Bleus in Russian Federation just like club boss Jose Mourinho predicted.

"And Man United is not different, with such the quality and importance they have". "This is my opinion and I would have said that to him, I would say "no, that's not something to say because you are not the manager".

The LA Galaxy striker further added: "But a coach is only as good as his team, so it's not like he can do miracles if the team is not good enough". You should be like "I should score, score, score".

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It is no secret Mourinho is struggling to reassert his authority on some members of the squad, with sources telling ESPN FC last month many senior players have grown angry and frustrated with the manager due to his treatment of teammates, tactical decisions and negative demeanour around the training ground. "I don't want to be mixed up with anything and to interfere with any player's relationship with their coach", Deschamps summed up.

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