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Tuesday 26 March 2019

Pogba's driven by lack of silverware last season

AIM: Paul Pogba. Photo: REUTERS
AIM: Paul Pogba. Photo: REUTERS

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is driven by the feeling of defeat and the absence of domestic silverware last season.

The France World Cup-winning midfielder was frustrated when Paris St Germain inflicted the first loss of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's caretaker stewardship, and was pleased with the response in Monday's 2-0 FA Cup win at Chelsea.

"Losing a game after 11 games without losing hurts and it's a really bad feeling, so you don't want this to happen again," Pogba said.

United, who were beaten to FA Cup glory by Chelsea in last season's final, next face Wolves in the quarter-finals.

Pogba added: "All the competitions are important. We want to win something.

"Last year we didn't win any trophies. I still remember that. This year we want to win something."

Pogba starred at Stamford Bridge. Making Ander Herrera's opening goal and heading United's second from Marcus Rashford's cross.

"We knew how to hurt them, (by) running behind their midfielders," added Pogba, who now has 14 goals this season.

"Two runs in the box, two goals.

"My job as a midfielder is not to score goals, it's more to make assists. But when I get a chance to score goals it's a great feeling."

Pogba felt United, who next play Liverpool on Sunday, had more to give.

"The result was great, but we should do better. We should react even better," he added.

"We made it harder for ourselves. We can control more, play more and hurt them more with the ball."

Herrera was deployed in a more attacking role than usual to put pressure on Chelsea playmaker Jorginho.

The Spain midfielder said: "I played a more offensive role, because the manager asked me. He (Solskjaer) told me they struggled in some of the zones around Jorginho and I did it."

Solskjaer praised his side for arguably their best performance since taking over from Jose Mourinho last December.

"The performance was fantastic, the tactics worked. Obviously we asked Ander and Paul, our midfielders, next to Nemanja to go a bit higher up and get into the box more often, with Marcus and Romelu wider. So we worked (on it) and the defending in the second half, when we had to, was fantastic. Chris has been out two months and just played one game and he was brilliant," he said.

He added: "Chelsea are a good team. They've got their way of playing, which is hard to play against. I thought, defensively, Juan did a fantastic job in between Jorginho and the two centre-backs. Defensively, we were absolutely perfect. With the ball, we could have done better and kept it more in the second half and controlled it but, then again, we kept a clean sheet."

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