The footage shows Manchester United star Paul Pogba inspiring France to achieve glory in the Nations League final
Evidence that Paul Pogba is the captain: Half-time locker room footage shows the Man United midfielder inspiring France to glory in the Nations League final, unlike Roy Keane’s view of him.
- Footage emerged of Paul Pogba giving an exciting speech to France’s players
- The Man United star has been accused of lacking leadership at Old Trafford
- Roy Keane has been an outspoken critic, saying the midfielder is not to blame
- But Pogba showed his passion by demanding “aggression” in the Nations League final
Paul Pogba has shown he has what it takes to be a leader Manchester United After footage emerged of the midfielder giving an inspiring half-time speech for inspiration France To glory in the Nations League final.
But with the score level at 0-0 in the first half, United’s £89m star demanded Pogba more from his teammates, with a clip from the dressing room showing him digging into the squad for their lack of aggressiveness.
French midfielder Paul Pogba was seen giving a touching half-time speech to the French stars
The Man United midfielder has urged the team to be more aggressive in the Nations League final
“We have to be aggressive!” He says in the video that appeared on social media.
It starts from the front all the way to the back. We win the ball and attack it! And yes, we’ll run a lot because they have good players, but we are.
We have to keep the ball and hurt them. In the second half we have to be aggressive.
This strategy of holding on to the ball wasn’t quite the same as the Spaniard controlled the bulk of possession with 64 per cent, and Luis Enrique’s side ended up taking the lead via Mikel Oyarzabal in the 64th minute of the match to weaken France. Hope to land more silverware.
But the team followed their own game plan to be aggressive – the 2018 World Cup winners made 14 fouls throughout the match and received three yellow cards after the break, including one from Pogba right after play resumed.
His words proved vital as France came from behind to beat Spain and lift the trophy
Pogba celebrates with his teammate Leo Dubois at the final whistle after a great display
It helped alarm Spain as Benzema scored the equalizer less than half an hour before Mbappe’s pass – then snatched the winning PSG star ten minutes from time to secure glory for France.
Pogba’s speech proved integral to their success as the French players lifted the Nations League for the first time. It was a great individual performance from the former Juventus player as he faltered and helped save the ball when the Blues got the ball back.
After the match, he lamented France’s slow start to the match, but was pleased with how his team responded despite Spain’s early dominance.
“We didn’t get off to a good start, we dominated and waited for the first target to react,” he said.
Pogba was included in the French national team for their failure to respond after being late in the opening match for Spain
He got stuck against the Spaniards and helped the side keep the ball after getting it back
We know we have to do better. But if this is how we have to win, so be it. Winning the cup is always good. We are always hungry for these.
Pogba came under intense scrutiny during his five years at United – particularly by critics – with club legend Roy Keane often being highly criticized.
Kane has questioned his performances this season – claiming he will not make the starting line-up for Man City, Chelsea or Liverpool – and previously criticized Pogba’s leadership qualities at Old Trafford.
Ahead of Euro 2020 kicking off in France this summer, Keane said Pogba often stepped up for his country and took responsibility, but questioned why he didn’t do the same with Manchester United.
Pogba has been criticized for his leadership skills at Old Trafford by critics Roy Keane (left).
‘Listen, we’re constantly talking about Paul Pogba. There is no doubt that he was a talented boy. I still want more from him, especially when he plays for Manchester United.
“I think when he’s with United, maybe he doesn’t take responsibility, maybe there’s too much responsibility or maybe there aren’t enough players around who can take responsibility,” the Irishman added.
I know he and France share that kind of responsibility with other players around the corner. Maybe in Manchester (he) is a lot isolated and maybe that’s why he feels more pressure.
“Obviously there is a difference between the Pogba we know with France and the one we know at United.”
Pogba has enjoyed a great start to the season with United personally – scoring seven assists already, including four in the 5-1 win over Leeds United.
However, he has been guilty of a few sub-par performances, with United recently losing momentum after two draws and a defeat at Aston Villa this season.