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Name Paul Pogba
Spelling Paul Labile Pogba
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc Having failed to make the grade at Manchester United, Pogba would head to Italy and Juventus where he would flourish into one of the best young midfielders in world football. It would be a year after his switch to Turin that he would be crowned as the Golden Boy, Pogba helping Juventus to the first of four consecutive Serie A titles during his time at the club. His former side would come calling in 2016 and he would head back to Old Trafford in a world-record deal, the club smashing the transfer-record just four years after allowing him to leave on a free transfer

Affiliation

Org French National Team
Club as Player Manchester United
  Juventus
  Manchester United

Relationship

Mother Yeo Moriba
Agent Mino Raiola
Teammate Jesse Lingard
  Marcus Rashford
  Ander Herrera
  Anthony Martial

2013 09 14 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba on Ballon d’Or] I won the [FIFA U-20] World Cup and was named the best player, and it was all beautiful. But I don’t feel like king of the world. I won’t stop because I haven’t yet won the Ballon d’Or.

2014 10 18 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba on himself] I’m going to do all I can to win even more [individual] trophies. My aim is to become the best player in the world

2016 04 30 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba on wishing to emulate the former English international] I’ve only won four Scudetti. They’re not enough for me. I’ve always been like this, people called me crazy but I want to make history and become the strongest midfielder ever. I’d like to surpass (Frank) Lampard. I want to be the midfielder who can do everything, and at the highest levels. Shooting, dribbling, scoring, defending. I want to be like Lampard, but better

2016 08 09 Retrieve

[Pogba said he had spoken to Jose Mourinho a few times, as well as talking to France team-mates who had worked under the former Chelsea boss] He gave me energy, he gave me positivity. They all told me he’s the coach for me - he will make me improve a lot and make me work harder

[In a series of messages to Juventus supporters on social media, Pogba said] Goodbye means nothing, it is the time we spent together that matters. I will bring with me a piece of you and leave you a little piece of me

[Paul Pogba talks about his transfer delay. On Saturday, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri summoned Pogba to training, but just a day later United announced the player would have a medical - and on Monday he arrived in Manchester. But it took until the early hours of Tuesday for the deal to finally be announced] This transfer took so long because it was a huge decision and involved lots of thinking and work

2016 08 09b Retrieve

[Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Paul Pogba for a world record fee of €110m (£93.2m) from Juventus] I am delighted to rejoin United. It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am really looking forward to working with José Mourinho. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Juventus and have some fantastic memories of a great club with players that I count as friends. But I feel the time is right to go back to Old Trafford. I always enjoyed playing in front of the fans and can’t wait to make my contribution to the team. This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to in the game

2016 08 13 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba reflects on his world record transfer back to Manchester United with MUTV and what he hopes to achieve there] I still want to win the league for the first time with United because I didn’t win the league when I left. The Champions League, of course, and personally one of my dreams is to win the Ballon d’Or. That will come with time and hopefully it will come but first I want to win the Premier League, which I have never done. I just feel happy. There’s no words, just happiness and I can’t wait to start playing. It just looks like I left this team and then I came back. It’s a great feeling, to be honest. When I came back I just felt like I left something and then I came back – just taller, bigger, older. That’s it. I’m enjoying it

2016 10 22 Retrieve

[Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba speaks about team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic] Ibrahimovic is like a big brother. He has a winning mentality, a great player. He’s very important in Manchester, with him we can reach our objectives

2017 01 07 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba talks about his admiration for Real Madrid coach and The Best Men’s Coach 2016 nominee Zinedine Zidane] I admire him a lot. When I was younger, I was watching his videos, the way he was playing. I love big players, but there are some players who have something extra. On the pitch you have 11 players, in the squad, 22, and you see only one or two. You always see him doing something special, the way he’s playing, it’s beautiful to see. Ronaldinho was the same, these are players who have something special – he has that. I was always watching him. The ball was in one place, but I was always looking for Zidane

2017 01 21 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba tells he ignored interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid to re-join the English club] I came here because I have targets, it’s a big challenge for me. I could have also gone to Real Madrid or Barcelona, they were interested. I chose to return because I had that in my heart. It was my feeling that brought me here. I want to win with Manchester United, I’ve never won with them. I had always said that I would return – I didn’t know when – because it’s a club that I like a lot. I hadn’t finished, I left because I wanted to play. I hadn’t done what I had wanted to do here. I want United to become the great United again. That’s my challenge here

2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba tells that Antoine Griezmann is like a brother to him] I always have good times when I’m with Grizou. He’s my brother, we’re always together. When you’re feeling good away from the pitch it’s easier for you on the pitch, and that’s what’s happening with the France team

2017 08 26 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba speaks at the launch of UEFA’s RESPECT campaign] It’s all about respect. It’s all about equality everywhere in the world. We are all equal when we play football. We can play with Chinese people, African guys, French, American, but we’re all equal when we do what we love on the pitch, and that’s the message we want to give to everyone

2018 01 01 Retrieve

[Former Juventus star insists they must keep their focus to keep the heat on at the top of the table] It’s the first game of the year. It was a good win. We played with aggression but a positive way. We knew we could score going in at half-time. We believed in it. We just had to work hard

2018 07 21 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba gives a pre-match speech in the Luzhniki Stadium dressing room ahead of France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the FIFA World Cup Final in Moscow] Boys, I don’t want to talk too much. We all know where we are. We all know what we want. We know how far we’ve come. We know it in our hearts, in our eyes. I can see it boys. We are concentrated. We cannot forget. Maybe I am repeating myself. We are 90 minutes away from possibly making history. 90 minutes. One match. One match. I don’t know how many matches we have played in our careers, but this is one match that changes all of history. There is one trophy. For them [Croatia National Team], it’s the same. They want it. We know we lost a final [UEFA EURO 2016]. We know it. We feel it here [points to heart]. It’s still in our heads. Today we are not going to let another team take what is ours. Tonight, I want us to be in the memory of all the French people who are watching us – their kids, their grandkids and even their great grandkids. I want us to go on the pitch as warriors, as leaders

2018 08 19 Retrieve

[Manchester United captain Paul Pogba criticised the attitude of himself and his team-mates after defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion] It’s definitely not good enough. It’s two times in a row that we’ve lost against Brighton and I think that shouldn’t happen. Last year, we had almost the same attitude as today and it’s not right. It’s not right, myself first. I should have done much better, make less mistakes and control the game. I can say a lot of things. Today was a bad performance from all of us and it’s wrong we lose points today. We have to wake up for the next game and definitely not play like we did

I am someone very honest and we always play for the shirt and play for them and this is not the result that we wanted and not the result that they wanted. They should be very mad today. They should be very mad. We are very mad, everybody is very mad. The next game we want to change this and be happy at the end of the game. We want to see smiles on our faces and smiles on their faces, we want them to have a nice weekend and enjoy the day after the game

We’re not here just to play games, to be in the Premier League. We are Manchester United and we want to win trophies. That’s the mentality and the culture of the club. We didn’t do it today and we are very disappointed because we are the guys that should have the good and right attitude. We shouldn’t do what we did

2018 09 08 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba remains focused on doing his best for Manchester United, despite speculation over his future] It’s not me who’s talking. I’m trying to do my job and work on myself physically. I got back late [from the World Cup], so I’m trying to perform as well as possible. One thing I can assure you, I will always give 100 per cent - no matter which coach, I always give everything for United. I cannot say more

2018 09 15 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba on his pre-match team talk at the World Cup Final] There are moments when I laugh, I joke around, I love dancing. I like to enjoy my life, but I can also be serious when I have to be serious. If I can help the squad by speaking at times like that, I do it. The World Cup is important, you had to show maturity

2018 11 03 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba looks forward to his return to Turin ahead of his club’s trip to face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League] For me, it’s a pleasure. Turin is my home - that’s where I scored my first professional goal

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba thanks Jose Mourinho for helping him improve as a person] We won trophies with Jose and I want to thank him for that. He makes me improve, as a person as well, and that’s it. That’s the past, I want to thank him for that. I’m sure that is the same for all the players and now we are looking forward to the next game

[Pogba says he is focused on helping United go back to the top of the league] The performance of the team was great and we are happy that the first game of the manager starts like this. It’s important now to carry on like that. We cannot play like this and win with five goals and then the next game lose

2018 12 31 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba criticise Jose Mourinho’s negative tactics] We are Manchester United and we need to be at the top of the league, it is just a reaction of all of the players and everyone is enjoying themselves. It is different, we still won games with the old manager but it is just a different style of playing, we are more offensive and we are creating more chances and that is how we want to play. I always want to do more, but I want to play for the team and play simple

[United remain sixth in the Premier League table but they have cut the gap to Arsenal to three points] We needed the win and we had a great performance as well. We are coming back, and there is still a long way to go, but to finish the year like that is beautiful

2019 05 13 Retrieve

[Paul Pogba’s cryptic Instagram post shortly after Mourinho’s sacking] Caption this

2019 12 13 Interview

[q: Paul, this weekend, we celebrate the 4,000th consecutive match of there being a youth-team graduate in a first-team matchday squad going back to 1937 – can you believe that record?] Where was I then [in 1937]?! [Laughs] It’s unbelievable and it shows the identity of this club and the culture of this club. We’ve always talked about youth players coming into the first team and it’s just carried on. It’s something that is in this club, it’s incredible it’s been happening since 1937. You want to carry this on for the young players and the next generation to go and play in the first team

[q: When you joined Academy 10 years ago as a 16-year-old, what were your impressions of it when you first arrived] When I arrived here, everything felt big! The training ground was big, all the players were big, the pitch was big, everything was big and I had my eyes open the whole time. Then I put the shirt on for the first time and I said: ‘Wow, I came to Manchester United’, I just couldn’t believe it. When I started training with the first team, I was 17, and I remember Vida [Nemanja Vidic] was there and Ji-sung Park and I touched Vida and I saw how tough and how strong he was! I knew then I had to work hard to get into the first team. It was a really great experience as a young kid to come here at 16 and see everything so big, and see all these top players and a top manager. To be there, having them sat next to us around the training ground, was a dream come true

[q: How did the club help you when you came over? Presumably, you didn’t speak much English and it must have been hard to move to a new country initially?] Yes it was. I couldn’t speak much English but I went to school here so it helped me a lot. Just talking with the guys in the dressing room helped me, that’s when you learn the most, I think. Obviously, you learn the naughty words first [laughs] and all the players really helped me. I remember I was with Joshua King a lot and he helped me improve my English, also Ryan Tunnicliffe and Jesse [Lingard] as well, although I couldn’t understand Jesse’s English and I still don’t! [Laughs] He speaks so fast with a Mancunian accent and I have to try to figure out what he’s saying! He was one who helped me a lot but everyone did

[q: Which coaches stand out as being very important to you in those early days?] I was with Jim Ryan and Paul McGuinness, they helped me a lot, Warren Joyce, as well, after that. For a French guy coming here at 16 to understand another culture and another way of playing football, you needed a bit of time to adapt and they all really helped me, as did the players. It felt great to be trained by those people and I think the last time we won the Youth Cup was under Paul and Jim, they helped us improve a lot

[q: When you first come here do you get taught about the history of the club?] Yes. Jim Ryan talked to me a lot about that. He used to play for United and he used to tell me: ‘At this club, young players have a chance to get into the first team’. He said that was the identity of the club. He talked about training hard, passing the ball, pass and run, all this stuff … Pat [Evra] was here too, Rio [Ferdinand] as well and even Berba [Dimitar Berbatov] talked to me a lot about it all. They help you understand how it is here, Pat talked to me a lot because he’s French. Obviously the boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, talked to me as well and he came to see us as well when we were playing in the Reserves or the FA Youth Cup. He used to give us messages and he’d also take us [on trips] for cup games. It shows the history this club has with involving young players and how it’s always been like that

[q: Winning the Youth Cup was a really big deal wasn’t it - in 2011 against Sheffield United] Harry [Maguire] was there [for Sheffield United]! We had a good team and a lot of players who played in the first team or went to other clubs. Will Keane played in the first team then he went to Hull, Mike Keane is at Everton, Jesse, myself and Sam Johnstone, Tyler Blackett, Rav [Ravel Morrison], Larnell [Cole], Ryan Tunnicliffe, they’re still playing … we had a really decent team.

[q: How important do you think your grounding and upbringing in the Academy has been to your development in becoming the sort of the player that you are now?] From the start, like I said, when I arrived here, they show you the way of playing. All the coaches show you how to prepare yourself to get into the first team. Warren Joyce used to train us very hard to be ready for the first team. The first team always used to play with 4-4-2, so we used to do the same meaning when you got the chance to be with the first team you could play and not be lost on the pitch

[q: Ole clearly has a lot of faith in young players – how important is it that the pathway is there for players to continue to come up through the Academy into the first team?] I’ve said to a lot of the young players who have been with the first team: ‘Guys, you don’t know how lucky you are’. Unfortunately for us, we’ve had a lot of injured players and it’s therefore a big chance for the young players to be involved with the first team. They have the chance to do well and stay there. So I said to them: ‘Take this luck and take this opportunity because it’s important until the other players come back fit’. You never know, there could be an injured player and a young player comes in and plays a great game and they stay with the first team until the end of their career. So I’ve told them: ‘Guys, be ready and always take the opportunity’. If they have quality to be with the first team then why not take the opportunity and play and enjoy yourself?

[q: The likes of Brandon, Mason and others have been doing this haven’t they?] Yes. Mason, since the first training session that I saw him in, and Brandie [Brandon Williams], Jimmy [Garner], Angel [Gomes], Chongy [Tahith Chong] and all the players. Axel as well, although I don’t see him as a young guy, for me, he has been in the first team for a long time, Timo [Tim Fosu-Mensah] as well, but the younger ones, they have the quality, they have everything to be in the first team. They’ve been playing and having some minutes and they should enjoy it when they’re on the pitch and work hard. Mason is scoring goals, Brandie has been playing games like he’s been there for six months already. This is about what the club is about and what the manager wants

[q: Finally, these guys clearly look up to you…] I feel old now! [Laughs]

[q: You’re only 26, but do you feel you can help them and advise them?] I think and I hope I can help them. This is one of the biggest clubs in the world and maybe the biggest club in history and they have the chance to be in this club. So I say to them: ‘Take your chance, play, you are young, you have quality, you have nothing to be afraid of’. I hope I can give them the good example when I’m on the pitch and outside the pitch and, even though I don’t see myself as old, I hope that the young players will, one day, come and take my position [when I finish playing]. That’s how it is, I won’t play forever. We all give our best on the pitch and I hope these young players will become legends here at the club, they have to enjoy it and really appreciate the chance they have here

2020 04 28 Retrieve

[Sagnol feels Man Utd would be happy to sell star midfielder] Now I’m almost there, so I’m just thinking about getting back and training fully with the team and everything. You think bad but I’ve never had something like this in my career, so I always take it in a good way. It makes me more hungry to come back and do well. And, yeah, it just shows me as well how much I love football

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has felt pity, hatred, indignation in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the ensuing civil unrest in the United States.] During the past few days I have thought a lot about how to express my feelings about what happened in Minneapolis. I felt anger, pity, hatred, indignation, pain, sadness. Sadness for George and for all black people who suffer from racism EVERY DAY! Whether in football, at work, at school, ANYWHERE! This has to stop, once and for all! Not tomorrow or the next day, it has to end TODAY! Violent acts of racism can no longer be tolerated. I can’t tolerate. I won’t tolerate. WE WON’T TOLERATE. Racism is ignorance. LOVE is intelligence. STOP the silence. STOP racism

2020 07 09 Retrieve

[Pogba: I feel blessed, I missed the team] Just being back training, touching the ball and doing what I love is amazing; I missed it so much. You realise when you’re out for a long time how much you really enjoy playing football and how much you love it. So obviously I’m really, really happy and so blessed to be back and be fully fit now, and I’m enjoying being back with the team. I feel great, I feel much, much better now. I’ve been training well and they [the club] have been looking after me very well. I’ve been doing some extra work and treatment on my ankle and the rest of my body. And my team-mates as well, they’ve helped me to come back and feel confident. It’s like I never left, the guys still trust in me and always believe in me and that’s helped me a lot as well.

2020 07 10 Retrieve

[Pogba has spoken of the joy that he is feeling just being a part of this team] We have been playing great football, scoring goals and winning and everybody has been doing their job. We have been defending well, the strikers have been defending as well and that is the beautiful thing that I see from behind