Sergej Milinkovic-Savic happy Jose Mourinho was in stands for Serbia's victory

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After calling time on his medal-laden career over the summer, the 37-year-old midfielder swapped the armband for a coaching role as he took up the offer to permanently join United's backroom staff as first-team coach.

United's hard start in the Premier League all seems a long away from France's glory in Russian Federation, but reunited again with his France teammates, Pogba was happy to recall that defender Adil Rami had described him as the team's "real leader" at the World Cup.

The Manchester United manager was in Montenegro as Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic double helped Serbia to a 2-0 away victory in Podgorica on Thursday in their UEFA Nations League match.

"It's hard to concentrate, to start again, to hit hard, because we touched the stars", he told AFP.

"He's managed to win trophies at United".

"But we like challenges too, we have goals".

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Arguably, Pogba has begun the season in his best-ever form for the Red Devils at a time when the team is failing to click as a whole and lie in eight place in the Premier League table as a result. "I'd like to do that".

The two of them really don't appear to get along particularly well, with passive aggressive comments in the press and a video of a training ground argument fuelling speculation that one will move on soon enough.

Starsport understands several senior figures at United have raised concerns about recent events as Mourinho tries to stop the team's season from disintegrating.

"I think he is the right coach for that club, for that team". "Whether it be "Grizou" [Antoine Griezmann], Kylian [Mbappe] or Raph [Varane], they deserve it a lot more than me". "You don't have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband".

Pogba was one of six players in Didier Deschamps' squad to be nominated for the Ballon d'Or on Monday, and he believes the prize should go to one of his France teammates.