Thursday 22 February 2018

'You can see the difference' - Paul Pogba on why he feels a burden has been lifted at Man United

Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring Manchester United’s fourth goal against West Ham at the weekend. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP
Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring Manchester United’s fourth goal against West Ham at the weekend. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Paul Pogba has revealed to was delighted to be relieved of the burden of being the world's most expensive player and predicted his Manchester United career will catch fire this season.

Pogba's record breaking £89m move from Juventus to United was the big transfer story of last summer, yet Neymar's €222m switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain put that deal into the financial shade last month.

The £89m figure may be surpassed by more transfer that are being lined up in the final two weeks of this transfer window, with Pogba looking forward to being judged on his performances this season and not his price tag.

The French midfielder turned in an impressive performance as he scored in United's 4-0 win against West Ham on Sunday, with the arrival of Nemanja Matic at United this summer likely to give Pogba more freedom to break forward this season.

"Your first question now was about football, but last season it was about the price, so you can see the difference," said Pogba as he spoke to reporters.

"Against West Ham, Matic was starting behind and I could worry more about attacking. I feel good playing that way, but it depends on what the manager wants.

"I’m always confident. I always give my best and I know more about the Premier League and I’ve adapted more with the team. When you know the team more, you know how to play alongside them. You get on better. You just get a different feeling.

"You could see against West Ham, everybody was getting along well and playing for each other."

Pogba went on to suggest he always wanted to return to United after he left the club to sign for Juventus in 2012, with the 24-year-old convinced he is now ready to shine in the Premier League.

“My dream was always to play here," said Pogba. "When I finished, I always felt like I’d missed something at Manchester United because I wasn’t a first-team player.

"Now I’m back and I’m happy to be back. I grew up a lot in Italy and I’ve come back as a man."

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