Paul Pogba says he will continue giving his best for fans, team-mates and the people that trust me in the wake of renewed speculation about his Manchester United future.
Two years after returning to Old Trafford from Juventus, the 25-year-old is said to be so unhappy that he informed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward of his desire to leave.
Sky in Italy reported that United rejected an offer for Pogba from Barcelona of £45m plus Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes before the transfer window closed.
I’ll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what’s going on.— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba)
Pogba only returned to training at the start of the week after helping France to win the World Cup but he was thrust into the starting line-up on Friday and given the captain`s armband, and his penalty set United on course for a .
Of course it makes me proud, it makes me happy to wear this (armband) at a big club like Manchester United, he said.
Like I always say, I always give my best for the fans, for my team-mates, for the people that trust me.
Put to Pogba that it looked like he was fully committed to United after a lot of things had been said about his position at the club over recent days, he added: Well, like I said, I always give my best for the fans, for the team-mates and for the people that trust me.
Pogba`s focus on trust seemed pointed, as did his post on Twitter shortly after the match.
I`ll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what`s going on, he wrote, along with #pogfeelings.
The French midfielder admits United`s performance against Leicester was not impressive, but claims he was happy to see the team take their first three points of the season.
It`s three points, it`s what we wanted, Pogba said. Very happy.
Of course the performance wasn`t the best, but it`s better to start like this and finish well than start very well and finish bad.
We know the players, and myself as well, didn`t have a lot of training and we played a game.
We knew we were not going to be fit, 100 per cent, but the most important (thing) was to start well the Premier League.
Pogba`s early penalty was followed by Luke Shaw scoring his first goal for the club, meaning Jamie Vardy`s stoppage-time effort was little more than a consolation.
So, it`s pretty early to speak about this now, Pogba said when asked of United`s chances of success this term.
We started with Andreas Pereira and Fred, and they played very well today.
With the players that we have...of course we`re Manchester United, we have to look at the top of the league. That`s obvious.
I mean, Manchester United, we have to show on the pitch, we have to play well, we have to be focused and we need people to trust us.