Pogba exclusive: Big games like this are why we play
Should he be named in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting line-up this evening, Paul Pogba will play the first match in his career against Paris Saint-Germain, the only top-flight team of his home city.
“I’m super excited, obviously!”the midfielder explains in this evening's edition of United Review.
“It’s a top game, we’re playing against a top team and we want to go as far as we can in the Champions League. We play to play for those big cups, big tournaments and against big teams. Obviously it’s not going to be easy, but it is why we play.”
“It does, but when I was younger I was more Marseille, because of my dad.
“But coming from Paris, and playing against your ‘home’ or your first town, it’s my first time, so it’s going to be beautiful! I’m going to have my family around, all my friends. But I hope we win.
“There are a lot of French players, and they have top players who have been winning the league for I don’t know how many years. They’re looking to win the Champions League – that’s their goal. The goalkeepers, Alphonse Areola, Gigi [Buffon] – I played with both of them, and Kylian [Mbappe] and [Presnel] Kimpembe. So I’m looking forward to playing against them, but the first thing is to win against them! That’s what I want.”
“What’s so special [about Kylian] is that he’s maybe 20 and plays like he’s 27 - and 27 is when you have a lot of experience,”explains Pogba.
“He understands the game and that is the difference between him and the other young, top talented players. He’s just a machine. You think about Thierry Henry, Ronaldo – he’s this kind of player, who can score goals, is very fast, can dribble, can make assists. He’s a player that it’s hard to block.
“I would say we are lucky that Neymar is not there – it’s unlucky for him, but lucky for us because he’s a player that can change the game by himself as well. Those kinds of players, you don’t really know where or how to block them, because they can create so much space, they can dribble [past] two players, they can score goals. They are all dangerous, so you don’t think about only one player, because it’s always a team. But obviously their attack is the key. So hopefully we’re gonna block them.”
“Sometimes it’s good to be the outsiders and surprise people,”he suggests.
“A game is always 90 minutes, and we never give up until the end. They are PSG and we are Manchester United. Let’s see what’s going to happen.”