Pogba: We fought for each other
Paul Pogba believes that Manchester United’s spirit proved the difference as the Reds overcame top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur and achieved a huge 3-2 win at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
Speaking to MUTV, the French midfielder said: “[It was] a team reaction, a team performance.
“Today we did the basics, we fought for each other.”
He added: “We were compact against a very good team, and we got the result that we wanted.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick ultimately determined the result, with Spurs having levelled on two occasions in the match.
The Portuguese striker opened the scoring with a stunning long-range strike and gave United the lead again going into the break when he finished off a great Reds move.
And when the sides were locked at 2-2 in the second period, following an unfortunate own goal from Harry Maguire, our no.7 rose highest in the box to power home Alex Telles’s corner and seal the win.
Pogba lauded the 37-year-old striker, whose hat-trick made him the FIFA all-time top goalscorer.
He said: “We know Cristiano Ronaldo and what he can do. He did what he does best.
“He’s a record-breaker, that is his motivation. He wants to be number one and be the best and he shows it in the game and training always.”
And while the French midfielder heaped praise on Ronaldo, he was also impressed by the team's reaction to the disappointing derby defeat against Manchester City last week.
“We had to react after the loss against City,” Pogba said. “We were all angry about the performance and we wanted a reaction on the pitch.
“I think we did it today.”
And Pogba also believes that the victory over Spurs will provide a boost for the Reds going into Tuesday’s Champions League round-of-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford.
He said: “It’s good. Mentally it is very good.
“It was good for us to get this win just to get ready for the Champions League [match] because the Champions League one is going to be hard also.
“We have to be ready for this one and we have to win again.
“[The fans] are going to be there and I am sure they are going to push us like they always do. We want to make them happy.”