Paul Pogba urged to step up and ‘be a leader’ ahead of France’s World Cup challenge in Russia
Paul Pogba has been urged to step up and become “a leader” by France team-mate Hugo Lloris.
In a challenge Jose Mourinho would no doubt echo, Lloris claims Pogba needs to accept more responsibility on the pitch.
The Tottenham goalkeeper says the midfielder is mature and experienced enough at 25 to become a more-influential figure.
Mourinho has become frustrated by Pogba’s inconsistency and the France star is yet to become the dominant figure at Manchester United that he hoped he would be.
Although Pogba scored six goals last season and contributed 11 assists, Mourinho wants more from the £89.3million signing, who was the world’s most-expensive player when United bought him from Juventus in 2016.
Their relationship has become strained and Pep Guardiola revealed Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola had offered him to him in January.
Mourinho dropped Pogba in February and March because he was unhappy with his form before the former Juventus star delivered a strong end to the season with United.
Lloris claims France also want more from him at this summer’s World Cup after he disappointed in the Euro 2016 Final when Les Bleus lost to Portugal.
“Paul is no longer a young player,” said Lloris. “He has collected experience with his club and with the national team.
“He has this desire to shine with the French national team. Will he be the boss? That’s a strong word, but a leader is what is expected of him on and off the field.”