Paul Pogba at United training.

Pogba zones in on two 'decisive' games for United

Monday 07 December 2020 07:00

Paul Pogba has called on his Manchester United team-mates to “carry on this mentality of winning”, with vital matches against RB Leipzig and Manchester City coming up this week.

The Reds are currently preparing for a do-or-die Champions League Group H game in Germany on Tuesday night, when a draw or win would secure our qualification to the knockout stages. A loss would place us in the Europa League, if Paris Saint-Germain earn a point against Istanbul Basaksehir.

After the match in Leipzig, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will then return to M16 for the first Manchester derby of the Premier League season, against Pep Guardiola’s City at Old Trafford on Saturday night. The fifth-placed Reds are currently above the Blues in the table and hope to extend the gap with three points. 

United head into this exciting double header of fixtures on the back of a 3-1 win over West Ham at the London Stadium, where Pogba’s excellent equaliser led to a ninth straight top-flight away win - which is a club record, by the way. 
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Our man in London got hold of Paul Pogba after the match on Saturday and here’s what the Frenchman said…

In our fascinating interview on Saturday night, Paul looked forward to an important week with confidence and stated our winning mentality must continue to flourish.  

“For sure, we have two big games coming up,” said Pogba. “We have Champions League [against Leipzig] and we have City. We know that those are two very important games, decisive games. 

“We have to carry on this mentality of winning, always. That’s what the club is about and we want to carry on this and what we did in the second half.”

Pressed on our winning mentality, Pogba continued: “It has to be inside. I mean, always. We cannot afford to lose and be happy with a loss or a draw.

“We have to be bad losers - that’s what we have to be - and always want to win. Even 1-0 or 6-5, we have to win. That’s what we want.”

United will fly to Germany on Monday and Solskjaer is set to a pre-match press conference at Red Bull Arena, alongside a member of the travelling squad.

Kick-off on Tuesday is scheduled for 20:00 GMT and line-ups are out from 18:45. 

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