‘We didn’t win any trophies last year and I felt empty’: Paul Pogba begins his fear of Manchester United’s lack of silverware, aiming for the glory of the FA Cup and Europa League with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Paul Pogba has spoken out about a disappointing season for United in 2018-19
- The midfielder said he felt “empty” because the club did not win any silverware
- Pogba has been heavily criticized for his screenings since he rejoined us in 2016
- He insists “I am the first to criticize me” and is focused on his own playing
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba admitted that the club had failed to receive a trophy last season, leaving him feeling ’empty’ when speaking out to his critics.
The Frenchman enjoyed a successful campaign at a successful level in 2018-19 when he finished as the club’s top scorer – he scored 16 goals from the center of the park from 47 appearances, but he couldn’t inspire the team to silverware when they finished sixth.
The Red Devils seem to go trophy-free for three seasons if they don’t win the Europa League or FA Cup this period, and Pogba admits he and the team are hungry for another win.
Paul Pogba has been thinking about a trophy-free season for United in 18-19 that left him ’empty’
Speaking for their 2-0 away win at Crystal Palace on Thursday, he said to BT Sport: “We have positive pressures and we want to win the last three games.
“We want to win the Europa League, the FA Cup. Last year we won no trophies and I felt empty. We just have to keep working to get there. ‘
The last trophy United won was in Pogba’s first season at Old Trafford in 2016-17 – when they raised the Europa League to help the club return to the Champions League. They also had won the League Cup in the same season under Jose Mourinho.
The club struggled and finished sixth, although Pogba finished the campaign as their top scorer
He lifted the Europa League in his first season in 2016-17 and says the team wants more success
Pogba, who has played 151 games for the club since re-signing with Juventus for a then-£ 90 million record at the time – has received a lot of criticism from fans and experts who think he didn’t live up to his goal.
But the World Cup winner insists he doesn’t listen to the negativity, although he also has high hopes for himself.
“I am blessed,” he added. “I am so happy to play football. My job is to be on that field.
“I play for Man United and people will always speak. I am the first person to criticize me. ‘
Pogba has experienced a revival during the restart, but insists he doesn’t listen to his critics
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men returned to winning ways against Palace thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to keep themselves in the running for a spot in the Champions League.
They had stumbled Monday night when they were kept 2-2 at home against Southampton after Obafemi’s equalizer deep in stoppage time, but they bounced back into Selhurst Park – with Pogba playing the full 90 minutes to continue his comeback after an injury hit campaign.
He played 16 games in all competitions for United this season, with 12 starts and only one goal in the Premier League.