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Manchester United rallied to secure a 3-1 win over West Ham on Saturday, with an impressive long-range shot from Paul Pogba that kicked off the Red Devils’ comeback.
It was easily the best performance of the season so far for Pogba, whose campaign has been plagued with injuries and COVID-19, and his positive performance was inspiring for United to turn things around against West Ham.
After the game, Pogba spoke with MUTV to analyze what has been a completely confusing season for everyone associated with United.
West Ham was overwhelmingly dominant in the first half, firing 12 shots on goal in the first 45 against United. Only in the 6-1 loss to Tottenham did Solskjaer’s side allow more efforts in the first half.
“Fortunately, it is football. We have been doing this for a long time and we know we have to improve it. We don’t want a reaction, we want to do it from the beginning. The result today is positive.
“We have to improve, we know we can improve, we can do much better and we showed it in the second half. Let’s stay positive, it is a positive result. In the second half we showed who we were and the result came.” itself. “
“Dean’s kick [Henderson] It was a bit … we didn’t know if it was in or out but we just did. I just did, I saw Bruno [Fernandes] He had the ball and I was free. I hit him in the first half, it didn’t work out, but the second time he came in and I’m very happy with it.
“I feel confident, I feel more on my legs and physically I feel much better. It’s good, you know, just to come back to the team and score this goal to help the team get back in the game.” It is very important for the team. I’m very happy about that. “
“I’m also finding my rhythm. I feel so much better today, I felt like I could go again, control the game, catch the ball. That’s what I like, myself. That’s what I think is good for the team. I am a team player. As long as the team wins, that’s the most important thing, you know. I feel good and we want to win. That’s why I came here and that’s why I want to be successful.
“[Dealing with COVID-19 is] weird, it’s hard to explain because you wouldn’t understand. Even in training, I would tell the fitness trainer that I feel strange. It’s not me. I get tired really fast and get out of breath really fast.
“The first game of the season, I couldn’t run. I was trying. I talked to the coach, ‘I’m going to start the game and let’s see,’ but I was very out of breath and it took me a long time to get back into shape and come back. physically fine. “
United have won their first six away games this season, despite conceding first in every game.
“Always. It has to be in. I mean, always. We can’t afford to lose and be happy with a loss or a draw. We have to be bad losers, that’s what we have to be, and we always want to win. Even 1-0 or 6-5… We have to win. That’s what we want. “
“So good, so good. Because the first shot … it’s like good pressure, I’d say. I like this. I like this pressure. It’s good even for West Ham to have fans, to listen to the crowd, you know.
“It’s a big difference, it feels good and football without fans is not football, I would say. It is totally different. Of course, it is football, but with the crowd you can feel the love of the fans, very good “.
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