Paul Pogba: Man Utd midfielder on silverware, position preference, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood | Football News

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In an extensive interview with Sky Sports, Paul Pogba speaks openly about his desire to end his four year wait for silverware with Manchester United, his preferred position and partnership with Bruno Fernandes and his role in helping Mason Greenwood realize his potential as world class.

Pogba scored the opening goal in the 2017 Europa League final victory over Ajax in Stockholm, the last time United got their hands on a trophy.

Pogba has since enjoyed success on the international stage, winning the 2018 World Cup with France in Russia, but the winners’ medals have not been won at the club level.

United remain on track to end their trophy drought after reaching the Europa League semi-finals this season, and Pogba is desperate to reconnect with the silverware.

“Personally, I miss it a lot and I feel like I’m missing something,” said Pogba Sky Sports. “We have to win something.

“I just want to win something; I don’t like to play and not to win. I’m a sore loser, I will always be a sore loser, so every time I play I want to win. Personally, we want it very bad. I think we’re getting closer and closer, there’s an improvement, I would say.

“When I say improvement, this club has such big goals and objectives that we want to achieve which is to win and have a trophy to hold. This is what we want and it will be the big step. “

Paul Pogba celebrates Manchester United’s 2017 Europa League victory in Stockholm

Pogba added: “I’m happy, we are here, we are close. We are still in the Europa League, we still have something to play.

“We still have the league, until City have the trophy, we will continue to work and play. We still have a chance to win something this year, so why not? “

Pogba: Favorite position? Just to play!

Pogba has further underlined his importance to Manchester United this season with a series of influential performances, most notably in January, where he helped propel the club to the top of the Premier League. His stock rose further when a spell of injury on the sidelines coincided with United conceding the title lead to Manchester City.

Pogba marked his return from injury in March by sending United back to the Europa League quarter-finals with the winner against AC Milan and continued to excel in several positions in midfield, offering crucial offensive flair and defensive contributions improved.

While the debate over Pogba’s best position may roar, the Frenchman is convinced his preferred position is simply to be on the pitch, carrying out Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s orders to the best of his ability.

Asked about his favorite position, Pogba replied, “To play, I just prefer to play. I like to attack, I like to be in the box, I like to be decisive for my team – if I can do both, I do. I also like defending, collecting balls and going into the box, I just like being free, free to play my football.

“I’m better when I play football, when I come into the box, when I get shots, assists and tackles, a bit of everything. I think every player should play where he feels comfortable. When you do well somewhere, you keep going. and keep doing it.

“It would be harder for someone to be consistent and play well when you change a lot, but there are different roles and it defends the role the manager wants you to play. As long as you can help the team where the manager wants, that’s what matters.

“You don’t want to be selfish, but obviously I want to play, to feel comfortable with myself and with the manager and to give my best. If the manager tells me to play deeper, I’ll play deeper and do my best to help. the team as much as I can. If I have to be higher in the pocket, I will do the same. ”

The Pogba-Bruno axis

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes have proven they can do more than just play together in Man Utd midfield

When Bruno Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford in January 2020, there was uncertainty surrounding his suitability to play alongside Pogba, but the duo have proven time and time again that their varied, but equally effective games can complement each other.

After watching Fernandes from afar during another long injury when the Portuguese arrived, Pogba explains how the contagious personality of his midfielder partner on and off the pitch suited him and United perfectly.

“When Bruno came in I was injured so I wasn’t playing,” said Pogba. “When I came back from an injury, I had to adapt to a team that had been there and had very good results.

“I got into a deeper midfield position and we just found a way to play together, which was to bring the ball back to Bruno, to be offensive and to try to get into the box. I found him rather well with Bruno, I adapted very well with him. , he understands me and I understand him.

“I looked at the way he played when I was injured, he affected the team so much and helped the team to be where we are today. “

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Pogba added: “I saw Bruno as a dynamic, attacking and creative midfielder with top quality; his passing is world class and his shooting is very good.

“Obviously the impact he had, his personality is very big and to be at this club you need that to play and be dominant like he did when he arrived. He talks a lot, he talks so much, he has to talk, that’s the first impression I had of him.

“It’s good to have people with personality, he brings something else. He brought something else to the team and the club and he adapted straight away. Everyone loved him and his football suited the team, and everything went very well. “

Greenwood has world-class potential, but Pogba has some praise in store

Paul Pogba thinks Mason Greenwood has all the attributes to reach a world-class level

Pogba and Fernandes’ solid finish in this toughest campaign was complemented by Mason Greenwood’s quick return to form.

The 19-year-old has scored three goals and one assist in his last five appearances, drawing comparisons to Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo for his performances for United as a teenager.

Pogba is convinced that Greenwood has all the attributes to emulate these illustrious names, but stopped before showing his fellow academy graduates with praise, choosing instead to highlight the work that was left for the true potential of the attacker comes true.

“As I always said, Mason is a player of great talent that we had from our academy”, added Pogba. “He can go to the highest level, world class, it just depends on him. He has to work hard, harder than everyone else, believe in him and want him.

“When you’re talented like that you already have talent, now it’s just the work you do to become the world-class player that you need to become with that talent. It depends on him, I will always be the guy to push him to, not to praise him too much, but to push him to reach the level he should be at.

“That’s the way I am, I don’t like being praised too much because you can be too comfortable and you think you’re there when you’re not.” This is how I grew up, this is how my father spoke to me. If I scored one goal that wasn’t enough, if you score two and then three, you always want more.

“Great players, world class players like Lionel Messi and Ronaldo have been top class for years and years. Achieving that for a year is not enough, you want to be world class for your entire career, for five or 10 years, that’s what you want to achieve. ”

How to follow Man Utd vs Burnley

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Manchester United vs Burnley will be broadcast live Super sunday at Sky Sports Premier League and Main event from 3.30 p.m. kick off 4 p.m.

Sky Sports customers can watch clips of the game in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be posted on the Sky Sports digital platforms and Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

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