EPL: Mourinho retains Pogba as Man United captain, speaks on fight with midfielder

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the French international, Paul Pogba will remain the club’s captain for their Premier League game against Brighton on Sunday.

The midfielder has recently suggested that all was not well with him and the manager at United.

However, the former Chelsea boss categorically denied having any altercation with Pogba at their Carrington training ground while revealing that the midfielder will retain the captain’s armband at Brighton on Sunday afternoon.

Pogba was handed the responsibility in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Leicester City in their league opener last Friday.

When asked about the speculation surrounding Pogba, he responded, “The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now, that’s the truth. ‘I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him, he came here on a Monday, trained three days, I asked for his support for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties.

“He did it better and for more time than we could expect, when he says he did it for the fans and for the team is exactly what I want and it’s exactly what I demand from my players. He’s working well, playing well, he does for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want, to play for the team and I couldn’t be happier than what I am.”

Speaking on the captaincy situation at Old Trafford, Mourinho said: ‘We thought, I think it was before the game against Basel, Pogba is a young guy, with a good personality, made in the academy, normally a starting line-up player, so he has the conditions to be a captain in the future. ‘In the continuity of this, with no Antonio (Valencia) in the team, he was the captain and for the next match I don’t think Antonio’s going to play, so he’ll be the captain again. ‘But one day when Antonio comes back, Antonio will be the captain again.’

The Red Devils will face Brighton in their next EPL fixture on Sunday at the American Express Community Stadium.

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