Paul Pogba.

'We have to give everything on Wednesday'

Tuesday 23 April 2019 06:00

Paul Pogba believes Manchester United need a performance similar to the one at the Etihad Stadium last season, if we are to triumph in the derby and upset City's Premier League title bid.

The Reds have suffered a downturn in form and were poor in the 4-0 defeat to Everton at the weekend.

Pogba is making no excuses for the performance and admits the only way to repay the supporters is by showing a vast improvement against Pep Guardiola's Blues at Old Trafford.

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Pogba scored twice in April 2018 as United came from two goals down to win 3-2 with an incredible second-half show at City. The Blues were poised to celebrate clinching the title but were instead forced to put the champagne on ice after a turnaround that stunned the home crowd.

There needs to be an equally stirring display, from the first whistle, if United are to erase the memories of a disappointing week, which also featured a 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League.

"Well, it was last season so for me it’s the past," Pogba told MUTV, when asked about last year's 3-2 success in the away fixture. "But we stopped them from celebrating [the title] against Manchester United so that was good for us.

"We gave everything, we didn’t think about anything else, we just went on the pitch and gave our best. We’re going to do the same thing this time but it’s going to be different as they need to win because they are in a race for the title and we can block them from that.

"But, for us, we need to win, that’s very important. Both of us need three points."

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Pogba felt the display at Goodison Park was "disrespectful" and he knows that it will only be with actions on the field that the players can atone for a damaging defeat on Merseyside.

"There’s one thing that we have to do – words are not enough – we have to show on the pitch and show to the fans that we’re better than that," he added. "What we did is not respectful for ourselves or for the fans. They kept pushing us on, even after 4-0, they were there still pushing us and giving us strength. We want to thank them for that and we have to apologise to them with a good performance, a good result and a good attitude on the pitch.

"We might lose games but the attitude and the performance of the team has to be better, for sure."

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