Pogba reacts to victory over Saint-Etienne
Paul Pogba relished Manchester United’s Europa League victory over Saint-Etienne on Thursday evening, but insists there’s still work to be done in the tie.
It was a special occasion for the United midfielder, who lined up against his brother Florentin at Old Trafford and helped the Reds build a comfortable first-leg lead ahead of next week’s return meeting in France.
While the night ultimately belonged to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored all of the Reds’ goals in the 3-0 win, Pogba says he won’t be forgetting the experience in a hurry.
Speaking to MUTV, he said: “It’s something magic [to play against Florentin]. I just couldn’t believe it when I saw him. I said to him ‘let’s just enjoy the moment, this doesn’t happen every day’. I just enjoyed it a lot.
“It’s a good result because we wanted to win. We wanted to score goals and we did so it would be easier for us in the next game, but the game is not finished yet with Saint-Etienne.”
Pogba came close to adding his name to the scoresheet during the second half, but was unfortunate to see his header come back off the woodwork.
“I wanted to score,” he added. “Then, after I didn’t score, I hit the crossbar like the other chances I’ve had. At one point I thought ‘I don’t know what’s going on here, something must be going on!’ I think I’ve hit the bar more in eight months here than I did in four years at Juventus. It’s strange, but I’m still happy.”
As for Ibrahimovic, Pogba was full of praise for his United team-mate, whose treble took his tally for the season to 23 in all competitions.
“That’s the big player,” Pogba said. “That’s what we want from other big players. He looks like he loves Saint-Etienne because he seems to love scoring against the French side. So, hopefully, we score again and he’ll get better. We love the Ibrahimovic we see today.”
Attention now turns to this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup fifth-round clash with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, before the second leg against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday 22 February.