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Paul Pogba honoured to have captained Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has spoken about the honour of captaining Manchester United. The 25-year-old returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 in a £89 million deal which saw him, albeit briefly, as the most expensive player in the world. Pogba was today awarded with the Player of the Month award for April by his club after scoring a brace against Manchester City, scoring against Arsenal and being an instrumental player in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

It has not been a perfect season for Pogba but it is one where he has done more than his first season back at the club. This season he missed around two months due to injury, was then suspended after being sent off in the 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates and after the signing of Alex Sanchez in January, the Frenchman has a turbulent time with speculation rife about a bust-up with manager Jose Mourinho, which has been played down by both parties. Pogba, speaking to Premier League Productions and reported by the Manchester Evening News, said:

“I had a big injury and missed a lot of games, but now I feel much better. And I’ve been proving it with more assists. I’m not hitting the crossbar and the post like last season, so I’m happy. I’ve been involved in a few goals so I’m pretty happy.”

The Frenchman has captained United on a few occasions this season; twice in the UEFA Champions League against Basel, three times in the Premier League over the Christmas period against Burnley, Southampton, and Everton and finally in the FA Cup against Derby County. Mourinho will need to find a new captain this summer with Michael Carrick hanging up his boots at the end of the season and becoming a coach at the club.

There will be many candidates for the United captaincy, it is something we have covered on this site recently. Pogba will be one option, David De Gea another. Current vice-captain Antonio Valencia is also an option but with him not getting any younger, despite being the most experienced player at the club after Carrick, he may not be the best option available. Pogba spoke about captaining United and was grateful for Mourinho’s trust. Perhaps the armband could be his next season?

“It’s good that the manager believes in you, and the players. It’s an honour to wear the captain’s [armband], and just to wear the shirt and play at Old Trafford. I was here in the Academy and for me it was a dream to play for the first-team, and I did it. So yeah, I’m very proud.”

Pogba has done a lot for Manchester United this season and at this stage, he seems to have found his feet. The summer will be very telling as to how next season could go with United seeking at least one central midfield player, two if Marouane Fellaini leaves the club, which is expected. If Pogba is played to his strengths, in a midfield three, obviously not all the time, it could see United play with midfield strength which will need to include more service for the attacking players, which has been a problem this season.

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