Mourinho's public confirmation that he had erased Pogba from his list of vice-captains highlighted the discord between the United boss and his club record signing, but the midfielder has now offered up what will be viewed as his first public comments on leadership.
Pogba believes being in the World Cup-winning France team is in itself a big achievement and he never plays to get the armband.
Do you think Pogba is a natural leader? It all began like that, from our training camp.
"I would have said "no, that's not something to say because you're not the manager". "I was really determined".
"With my age, 25 years old, I'm between the two sets of players, the oldest and the youngest. I said to myself that it is useless to speak".
However, speaking ahead of France's friendly fixture against Iceland and Uefa Nations League showdown against Germany, Pogba stated that he does not need captain's armband to be a leader.
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"During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again", Mourinho was quoted as saying after watching France triumph in Russian Federation.
"For me, a leader isn't someone who wears something on his arm, who puts on the captain's armband".
Pogba told L'Equipe: 'I have never played for France to be captain.
"As a leader you can talk on the pitch but I've seen leaders who didn't necessarily talk".
He cited former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, a teammate of Pogba's at Juventus, as someone who could be relied upon to "show you the way on the pitch".
"It's all I hope for whatever happens, because there are a lot of them who deserve it", he said. "But I hope with all my heart that it's one of the four, because there is [also] NG [N'Golo Kante]".