NOT BACKING DOWN: Paul Pogba. Photo: JON SUPER/AP

Paul Pogba took another swipe at his Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, saying he doesn’t need an armband to prove he is a leader.

Last week, Mourinho said that star midfielder Pogba would never captain his side again after the player criticised the coach’s defensive tactics.

But after being hailed by France teammate Adil Rami as the “real leader” of Les Bleus’ World Cup winning team in Russia, Pogba took his moment to hit back.

The 25-year-old says: “It really pleased me to hear Adil say that.

“You don’t have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband. As a leader you can talk on the pitch but I’ve seen leaders who didn’t necessarily talk.”

France face Iceland in a friendly in Guingamp on Thursday and resume their Nations League campaign at home to Germany on October 16.

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