Man Utd source explains Paul Pogba's role as 'unofficial captain' in the dressing room


Paul Pogba has looked like a completely different player under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

His Manchester United future seemed to be hanging in the balance during Jose Mourinho's final weeks in charge with rumours hinting at a major bust-up between player and manager.

It was clear that Pogba and Mourinho simply didn't work well together and that effected performances on the pitch, with the Frenchman looking a shadow of the player who thrived at the World Cup.

However, now that Mourinho is unemployed and Solskjaer has introduced a more attacking brand of football, Pogba has been turning on the style at Old Trafford.

Across nine appearances under the new regime, he has produced no less than four assists and five goals. 

Pogba's renaissance at Man Utd

He is starting to prove himself as one of the Premier League's best midfielders and his overall attitude seems to have change, as shown by his mature interview after the Burnley draw.

As a result, the 25-year-old has emerged as one of the leading contenders to become United captain amid suggestions Antonio Valencia could leave the club.

United fans have mixed feelings about his ability to captain the team, but a report by The Sun suggests he has become a real leader in the dressing room.

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Pogba's dressing room behaviour

It explains that Pogba has turned into the 'unofficial captain' and was believed by many to be the catalyst behind their FA Cup victory at Arsenal, both for his role on the pitch and off it.

A source at the club explained: “The dressing room after the win at Arsenal was the best it has been for a couple of seasons now.

“There was loads of high-fives and hugging among the squad and backroom. It was all about the manner of the performance.

“They carried out Ole's instructions to the letter. Pogba went about to everyone bigging and jeeing them up. It was brilliant to see.

“Ole was beaming from ear-to-ear but he was much more laid back. It was Pogba leading the dressing room and although he isn't captain, it felt like he was.”

Arise, captain Pogba.

It seems the Frenchman has taken on a prominent role in the dressing room since Mourinho's departure and he's clearly using his strong personality to get the best out of his teammates. 


Fans only need to look at clips of Pogba in the France dressing room during the World Cup final to see his leadership qualities and they seem to have been transferred to his club career.

Solskjaer is allowing him to have a larger influence on the squad, encourage fellow players and take responsibility in key moments.

What a difference a new manager can make.

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