Tuesday 20 November 2018

'It's always good to be the outsider' - Paul Pogba relishing the chance to silence Man United's critics

Manchester United's Paul Pogba
Manchester United's Paul Pogba
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Paul Pogba wants Manchester United's critics to continue to write them off, after their impressive 2-1 Champions League victory against Juventus on Wednesday night.

United came from behind to inflict a first defeat of the season on an in-form Juve side, with Pogba relishing the moment as he returned to his former club and left triumphant.

"I think it's always good to be the outsider, so people expect bad of us and then we surprise people," the France World Cup winner told reporters.

"We know that they (Juventus) is a big team and, to be honest, when they scored a goal, we had nothing to lose. We carried on, we pushed and we know that we can be dangerous on free-kicks. We played with that and we scored two goals like this."

Pogba went on to thank the Juventus fans for the warn reception on his return to the club he left in the summer of 2016, with the respect he was afforded contrasting the negative reaction that came the way of United manager Jose Mourinho.

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"It made me feel at home as well, even if I play for Manchester United, they were very welcoming and I really appreciate that," he added.

"The love that they showed me today was unbelievable and how great is football when you see that? When you play in this atmosphere, when you have those fans, it’s just lovely."

United defender Luke Shaw also saluted his side's victory, as he suggested the unexpected Turin triumph gives his side momentum heading into Sunday's derby game against Manchester City.

"We all know how hard it can be coming here and, especially going down 1-0, it's huge credit to the team for keeping on fighting and never giving up," stated Shaw.

"I think tonight a lot of people will have written us off. There's always a lot of negative comments about us, but hopefully tonight they might say something positive for once because I think we deserve it - the team deserve it, the manager deserves it - for getting this amazing result.

"I felt like we were going to get something out of the game even before the start of the game. Juan, with his free-kick, I felt it was going in as soon as he stepped over it and obviously Ashley with another great delivery at the end and it shows how much the team wanted it.

"We were fighting for the ball and luckily we got that bit of luck that it went in and I feel it's deserved. We fought until the end.

"I think at times we had good possession of the ball, especially in the first half. We've had a poor first half recently, but I felt today was a bit better. It's very good momentum now for us to go into the derby."

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