Paul Pogba was encouraged to be an influential voice inside the Manchester United dressing room during his recent suspension.

Pogba urged to speak his mind

Pogba urged to speak his mind

Old Trafford insiders have revealed manager Jose Mourinho was more than happy to allow the France midfielder to play his part following the controversial red card away to Arsenal at the start of December.

Pogba has become an imposing figure in the Red Devils squad ever since his £89m return from Juventus back in the summer of 2016, and his words now carry a lot of extra weight.

Mourinho is understood to feel the 24-year-old is a massive influence and encouraged him to keep his team-mates positive after slipping 11 points behind rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League standings.

Pogba could return for Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final tie at Bristol City and his recent cheerleader role is certainly an interesting ploy from Mourinho, who is believed to feel his squad is still lacking big-name characters.

The talisman midfielder missed 11 weeks earlier this season due to a hamstring injury and Mourinho already has him earmarked as a potential future United captain in the next couple of years.