Paul Pogba at a press conference in Turin

Pogba happy at United

Tuesday 06 November 2018 19:50

Paul Pogba says he is happy at Manchester United and desperate to start competing for more silverware in the famous red shirt.

During the pre-match press conference for the Champions League Group H encounter with Juventus, the club he left to join the Reds, the World Cup winner was in a positive, cheerful mood ahead of the Allianz Stadium clash.

"Choosing to come back to Manchester United, first of all, was my choice," he said, when he asked if he had any regrets about his transfer.

"Juventus were playing in the Champions League and Manchester United were playing in the Europa League, so I knew, first of all, that I wouldn't play in the Champions League. But I was very happy. I made my choice and I don't regret it at all.

Paul Pogba sprints at the Aon Training Complex on Tuesday.

"I know United, in the last few years, have not been at the top, but I came back just to help the team and try to come back to the top and we are on the way.

"A lot of players came and we have a lot of goals, so for me, no, it's not strange [to move from Juventus to United]. It's a choice and I don't regret it all. I'm very happy to come back to Manchester United, to play, to wear this shirt and I'm sure we will come back to the best.

"Do I look sad? Well, no. Obviously, I am happy to wear this shirt. Wearing this shirt, playing for this team, for this big club, because it's a big club, and obviously when you play in a big club like that there is always talk about this club but on the pitch, I am always happy, always with a smile.

"I'm fighting for my team-mates, fighting for my team, fighting for my club, fighting for the fans. That's all I do and yes, I am really happy to do that." 

Pogba was also asked to assess his time at United since returning to the club from Juve in 2016.

"I think it's gone well, to be honest," he replied. "In the first season, we won three trophies, we won the Europa League which was the main goal, to get back to the Champions League as well. Second year, we finished second [in the Premier League], but we didn't win any trophies. We went to the final of the FA Cup.

"Personally, I feel that it's been good for us, it's been good for me, it's been good for the team. Obviously, we are Manchester United and we always expect more and we always expect better from us and I think we are pushing up, we are on the way and we can always do better, but I am happy with my performance and what we have achieved in the two years." 


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The desire burns bright for Pogba to win more honours with the Reds and he is determined to add to his personal haul in the near future.

"Obviously, we want to win trophies that's for sure, but, like I said, in the first year we won three trophies," he said. "We won the Europa League, that was the main objective, like I said before, and this is the third one [season]. We did not start in the best way, but this season is not finished yet, so we will see at the end. 

"I wouldn't say I'm comfortable [with the situation after winning the World Cup]. I am a challenger. I want to win trophies. It's my third season, so it's still ongoing, it's still on and hopefully we will win something this year.

"Obviously, as a football player, we want to win trophies, that's why we play. We want to win titles and stuff like that, so the Premier League is the goal, then the FA Cup and Champions League is a goal too, but we're still there. We're still on the way and the season is long. We didn't start it the best way, but it's not finished, so we'll see at the end." 

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Finally, Pogba was asked about his relationship with Jose Mourinho, after a similar question was posed to the manager earlier in the afternoon.

"Manager-coach, coach-player, player-manager," he said. "We are like everybody. He's the manager and I'm the player. I think it's the same way with everybody. I'm just a player. I do what he tells me to do, because he's the boss, he's the manager and I listen and that's it. I enjoy it, I just listen and I do it with happiness."

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