Louis Saha rips Paul Pogba for putting pressure on Jose Mourinho

Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho have not seen eye to eye recently

Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho have not seen eye to eye recently

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has leapt to the defence of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stressing he is still the right man for the job whilst admonishing those under him.

It is believed the Portuguese wants to add a centre-back to his squad at the turn of the year, with AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli and Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar reportedly on his wish list.

But the one common factor that has been involved in each and every one of these issues, has been the team's manager, Jose Mourinho. "For us, it was the best trophy you can win as a footballer. That allows me to relay messages and have the chance to be heard", he said.

Hugo Lloris lifted the trophy in Moscow in mid-July as Didier Deschamps' captain, and Pogba said he would continue being an influential figure in the squad even if he never replaced the Tottenham goalkeeper.

The World Cup holders take on the likes of Iceland (October 11) and Germany (October 16) in the next few days before the players return to their respective clubs.

'I've never played in the France team to be captain, being here is already a big thing for me, ' he told AFP. "You don't have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband".

He cited former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, a teammate of Pogba's at Juventus, as someone who could be relied upon to "show you the way on the pitch". You should be like "I should score, score, score".

However, following the break, there was an evident step in terms of the performance levels and Pogba was one of those who stepped up his game after Mourinho chose to play him in a deeper midfield role than his usual position.

"I'm not going to get into it, whether it's (Antoine) Griezmann, Kylian (Mbappe) or Raphael who deserve it much more than me".

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