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14 August, 2018

Pogba had trained with the squad for the previous three days before the Leicester City game and was made captain on the night which Mourinho felt was enough of a signal of faith in the player despite the comments by both sides over the course of the summer.

The World Cup victor has endured a strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho in the two years since his return to Old Trafford.

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

"If you're not happy, you can not give your best".

"We'll just have to see, it's a bit early at the moment to see how that plays or whether he does become more attacking or if he's more defensive".

"Pogba did his talking on the pitch for Manchester United as they beat Leicester on Friday night and I hope his manager Jose Mourinho continues to praise him when he plays like that", said Mourinho.

The Telegraph add that Mourinho and Pogba get on, despite reports claiming otherwise.

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Asked about the differences between playing for France and playing for United, Pogba said: "I am the same, but it's a different team, obviously. The team is focused on LaLiga, so it's better to ask those responsible for transfers about those topics".

Last week, Manchester United rejected a derisory cash-plus-players offer of £45m plus Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina for the French midfielder.

"If you're not happy, you can not give your best", Pogba said.

Speaking of confidence, the 25-year-old was under severe scrutiny from pundits and fans last season and this led to multiple under-par performances.

Now Sunday World columnist McGrath has suggested Mourinho should change his tone when talking about Pogba in public, as he believes the £89m midfielder could be a talisman for United this season.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu did not rule out a move for Paul Pogba as he admitted there could still be business done before the transfer window closes in Spain.

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