Pogba: I have to be better in the box
Paul Pogba held his hands up after conceding the crucial penalty during Sunday’s Premier League defeat to Arsenal.
The Frenchman tripped Hector Bellerin in the box midway through the second-half, allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to tuck home and give the Gunners all three points at Old Trafford, for the first time since September 2006.
When speaking to MUTV after the final whistle, our no.6 was visibly gutted, but owned up to his error and also said he and his team-mates could have done better to react to the setback.
“My mistake, I shouldn’t do that,” said Pogba.
“I have to be better in the box defensively. When you run forward and back, a player runs behind you.
“When you get in the box, you have to be… not more clever – in French, the word is lucid. I don’t know the word in English but I have to be fresher in the box, on my feet.
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“Details made us lose the game and we have to be better. We have to do better with the ball because we weren’t dangerous with the ball today.
“We didn’t create chances, as we should, and we didn’t win at home. That’s what we need to do. We need to win at home, you know?”
It’s now four Premier League games in M16 without a league win this season for United - six, if you go back to the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
Although he repeated his regret at giving away the spot-kick, Pogba struggled to explain why the Reds are having issues getting results on home turf – the midweek demolition of RB Leipzig aside.
He did, however, say that United would continue to work to find the type of consistency required to challenge for major trophies.
“Yeah, if I had the answer, I would tell you,” Paul continued.
“We have to work on this and we have to find out. We have to change that, how we can be unbelievable one game, then bad the next game.
“We can’t score five goals one game and then none the next. You have to be more consistent. We have to work on this, we have to work hard.
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“[It was] details today. I put my hands up for this mistake, it shouldn’t happen. Of course the team has my back and everything but, for me personally, I’m just hating myself [for giving] away a penalty and losing the game 1-0 for a stupid mistake.
“We have to be more consistent, home and away. That’s how we’re going to win leagues, how we’re going to be at the top, how we’re going to improve: by winning, by being more clever, by being - I would say - cheeky.
“The centre-backs kick us, they kick the strikers and everything. The referee didn’t give a foul but you have to work on this part and maybe be a bit more cheeky.
“We have to improve and learn from these mistakes today. It’s eating me obviously. We have to be better than that.”