Mourinho last month revealed Pogba would no longer be considered vice-captain of the club despite having already worn the captain's armband three times this season in the absence of Antonio Valencia.
Do you think Pogba is a natural leader? "It's the squad that put me in that position, who gave me the freedom to express myself, and gave me the confidence to".
The notion that United are heading in a tangible forward direction under Mourinho - or even just slightly improved since, say, the Europa League final in May 2017 - is pure nonsense, I'm afraid.
"I can't pick out one of them. I was really determined".
The 25-year-old was at the heart of Didier Deschamps' triumphant side in Russian Federation but returned to a hard situation at United after being dropped from Jose Mourinho's starting XI towards the end of last season. "That allows me to relay messages and have the chance to be heard".
That said, Zlatan remains convinced that Mourinho has the ability to improve this team, calling on players to do more.
"You don't have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband", he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
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".
"They help me a lot to adapt and in everything, to learn English".
"I'm not going to get into it, whether it's (Antoine) Griezmann, Kylian (Mbappe) or Raphael who deserve it much more than me. But I hope with all my heart that it's one of the four, because there is [also] NG [N'Golo Kante]".