|Spelling||Paul Labile Pogba|
|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|
|Org||French National Team|
|Club as Player||Manchester United|
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
[Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Paul Pogba for a world record fee of €110m (£93.2m) from Juventus] Manchester United is delighted to announce that Paul Pogba has completed his transfer from Italian club Juventus. Paul joins on a five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year
2016 08 09b 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 09c 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 06 09 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba struggled to find an explanation for France’s dismal performance in the wake of their 2-0 defeat against Turkey in Euro 2020 qualification] We were ready, we knew it was going to be a high-level match and that the fans would be pushing them [Turkey] on. We could not make the simplest passes, so we were not dangerous in front of goal. I do not remember the last time we were so bad, we have to think and find the solution or find the answer. We need a reaction as soon as possible, from the next match [against Andorra].
[Pogba knows France must improve from their Turkey showing] It was a day where we tried the simplest passes that did not work. As soon as we concede an opportunity, it’s a goal. With the ball, we are not dangerous, we do not even have a shot at goal
2019 06 11 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba feels he has been ‘judged differently’ due to the size of the fee that took him back to Manchester United] Because it was the biggest transfer in history at the time, you get judged differently. They expect more from you because of the price tag. A good game would be a normal game. A top game would be a good game.
It’s a big amount. It went down when other transfers came, so it’s fine. I think it’s also because I’m a midfielder. People see more strikers because they score goals, so that’s why it made such a big impact. I don’t think [Neymar and Mbappe] get it because they’re strikers. I knew it would come with it. I knew there would be a big impact. But I didn’t know it would go so negative. When I signed, I wasn’t used to seeing so many negative comments. It was a big change. I was surprised. I didn’t know a price tag would change so much for people. Maybe they think I have the money. It’s not me - I don’t have the money. I don’t know [the reason for the criticism]. I wish I knew so I could help them get the answer
2019 06 12 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba reveals how he gave his shirt to fan who made monkey noises as he opens up on racism in football] Yeah I did [experience racism]. When I see the reaction of others I just think about it - ‘would I do that or not’. It’s sad to see that. Really sad to see that on the football pitch. When the fans that do that, they even have black people in their team, it’s even more sad to see that. They don’t respect the player and the team. I just thought they’re racist, or not, or ignorant, I don’t know. Or they just don’t want you to perform well. I see and hear a lot of things but I don’t react. I smile. I have a story, we had a game against Fiorentina and I just came off the bench and someone made some sounds, maybe like a monkey, I said ‘why’? I just gave him my shirt and at the end, they were happy and applauded me. I just pray for them and [try to] make people understand we just enjoy sport, we just enjoy playing football. I understand they want their team to win but there’s a different way to attract attention. To do something like that is really low. In 2019 it’s really low.
The world is beautiful with a lot of colours and cultures, when I speak about racism it’s ignorance. You can’t really change something because it’s been there for a long time. When you speak you try to do things, speak about it and it just carries on. You can’t change that with people. You won’t leave the pitch, if you want to play you’ll play, try to score, try to win and that’s it. Life goes on and at the end, they come after the game and ask for a picture. I’m sad [about racism in football]. I’m not angry. Because I’m happy with myself. I have a Chinese friend, an Italian agent, a Brazilian lawyer. I have a Bolivian wife, I’m French. Guinean originally. My mum is from Guinea. All my life it’s a different culture. I’m just happy with myself. I enjoy playing football. I enjoy giving a smile to people and that’s it. That’s all I need. Be happy with yourself. Be loved by your family, fans, don’t think about people that hate or racists or people who are ignorant, they just pull you back.
[How do you combat it?] We’ve tried everything. Putting videos up before the games [saying] no racism, pictures, campaigns, everything and they’re still doing it. What can you do? That’s people. There’s a proverb; you want to change the world, start to clean your house - start with yourself and then after we’ll go around and around. You can’t be in everyone’s head. Do the opposite that they do to you. Maybe it’ll make them realise they feel really ridiculous.
2019 06 16 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba has poured fuel on speculation that he is about to depart Manchester United. Pogba told reporters] Like you said, there is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking as well. For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else. After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well … I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.
: 2019 06 18 Juventus are stepping up their efforts to sign Paul Pogba but accept that they will face stiff competition from Real Madrid for the Manchester United midfielder. According to sources close to the Serie A champions, the club’s sporting director Fabio Paratici met with United officials to discuss a potential deal for the France World Cup winner while he was in the UK finalising a move for Maurizio Sarri.
: 2019 06 24 Manchester United made a costly error in allowing Paul Pogba to leave for free in 2012. Buying him back for £89 million was even worse, though
: 2019 06 25 Neymar, Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale and the rise of ‘The Unsellables’. Wages and transfer fees at the top end of the game grow ever higher. In the case of certain players, it means their options are severely restricted when it comes to their next destination
: 2019 07 01 Paul Pogba posts 88 Instagram stories in 24 hours with Man Utd future still uncertain
: 2019 07 05 Mino Raiola has revealed that he is ‘in the process’ of ensuring Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United for pastures new this summer
: 2019 07 06 Paul Pogba responded to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s bottle cap challenge in double the style
: 2019 07 07 Paul Pogba has been named in Manchester United’s squad for their pre-season tour despite the midfielder eyeing a move away from Old Trafford.
: 2019 07 08 Unsmiling Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have been photographed heading on Manchester United’s tour of Asia, despite speculation of transfers away from Old Trafford.
: 2019 07 09 Manchester United stars Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard have appeared to clash with each other while on the club’s pre-season tour in Australia. A small section of the footage shows Pogba and Lingard in animated discussion before Swedish defender Victor Lindelof holds the French World Cup winner back from approaching his English team-mate
: 2019 07 09b His agent Mino Raiola insists Paul Pogba has done nothing to disrespect Manchester United.
2019 07 09c Retrieve
[Paul Pogba is odds-on to swap Manchester for Madrid this summer following comments from his agent Mino Raiola on Tuesday] The player has done nothing wrong. He has been respectful and professional in every way and always. The club has known his feeling for a long time
: 2019 07 10 Since Paul Pogba set the wheels in motion with his public request for a new challenge, Mino Raiola has ensured that his client’s desires have remained at the forefront of everybody’s mind
: 2019 07 10b Paul Pogba to Real Madrid on hold as Blancos struggle to offload Gareth Bale, Isco and James Rodriguez.
: 2019 07 12 Paul Pogba is included among Manchester United players chosen to unveil the club’s brand new away shirt for the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.
: 2019 07 16 Look at Paul Pogba. There were all sorts of questions asked when the Frenchman returned to Old Trafford three years ago for a then world-record £89.5m fee, with the consensus suggesting that it would be nigh-on impossible for the midfielder to justify the figure. Three years, countless commercial deals and a £198m Neymar transfer later and Pogba’s new apparent valuation to United of around £160m makes the initial move look like much better business than many were willing to countenance
2019 07 20 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba himself has said that he could be looking for a move away from Old Trafford] I think for me, it can be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else
2019 08 09 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba continues to see his Manchester United future called into question] When you wear this shirt, you know that everything is possible. And we never give up. Nothing changed, even when I went away and I just came back, it’s the same club, same mentality, same culture. Manchester means belief, Manchester means possible. Impossible doesn’t exist here
[When quizzed on whether a move away from United could be put in place] There is a lot of thinking [going on]. I have been three years in Manchester and have been doing great - some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody, like everywhere else. After this season and everything that happened, with my season being my best season… it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else
2019 08 11 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba says he is fully committed to Manchester United despite a summer that saw him heavily linked with an Old Trafford exit] I’m always happy when I play football. I do what I love, it’s my job. I will give my best every time I’m on the pitch. Now, we know that there were words. The future will tell. One always remains on this point of questioning. I am in Manchester. I’m having fun with my team-mates, I always want to win the matches. I will always give myself thoroughly when I am on the ground
2019 08 12 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba has lauded new Manchester United team-mate Harry Maguire] I call him ‘The Beast’. Honestly, as you saw, he was really impressive. He is a leader. He fit right in with us in training. We talked about controlling the defence well and he has a good understanding with Victor Lindelof. It was a very good match to start with from the whole team. In the first half, we were dominated in terms of chances and possession, but we reacted in the second. Our changes enabled us to take over. We were better in possession and in terms of chances. We were lucky to have the lead through the penalty in the first half, but after a bad start, we finished the match well. We are satisfied with our performance
[The World Cup winner said of new-look United and the role he is being asked to play] That [position change] has been there for a while now - since before this season. In terms of organisation, it is a bit more like how I play with the French national team. It does not bother me where I play, whether it is higher or lower, we adapt and enjoy. The team too, we were much better coming out of the back and that is something to keep going with in the coming games. Rashy and I understand each other well. We try to do a maximum number of passes like that. I am starting to understand his calls for the ball too and that enables me to find him like I did
2019 08 13 Retrieve
[How £80m Maguire has blown everyone away in first week at Man Utd] I call him ‘The Beast’. Honestly, as you saw, he was really impressive. He is a leader, he fits right in with us in training. We talked about controlling the defence well and he has a good understanding with Victor. It was a very good match to start with from the whole team
2019 08 20 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba: Manchester United vows to take action after star targeted by racist abuse on social media] Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse aimed at Paul Pogba last night and we utterly condemn it. The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club and it is encouraging to see the vast majority of our fans condemn this on social media also. Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our #AllRedAllEqual initiative. We will work to identify the few involved in these incidents and take the strongest course of action available to us. We also encourage social media companies to take action in these cases
2019 08 21 Retrieve
[Twitter set to meet with Man Utd in wake of Pogba Racist abuse] Over the next few weeks, Twitter representatives will meet with Manchester United, Kick It Out and any other civil society stakeholders interested in hearing about the proactive work Twitter is doing to address online racist abuse towards certain footballers in the UK. We have always maintained an open and healthy dialogue with our partners in this space, but we know we need to do more to protect our users. Racist behaviour has no place on our platform and we strongly condemn it. To this end, we look forward to working more closely with our partners to develop shared solutions together. In the meantime, for Twitter’s part, we will continue to proactively monitor the conversation, and take aggressive enforcement action when content violates our rules
2019 08 25 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba have been targeted by racial slurs on social media in the past week. Twitter responded by promising to meet with club representatives and crack down on hateful messages on the social media platform] We have always maintained an open and healthy dialogue with our partners in this space, but we know we need to do more to protect our users. Racist behaviour has no place on our platform and we strongly condemn it. To this end, we look forward to working more closely with our partners to develop shared solutions together. In the meantime, for Twitter’s part, we will continue to proactively monitor the conversation, and take aggressive enforcement action when content violates our rules
2019 08 25b Retrieve
[Manchester United (1) vs (2) Crystal Palace. Pogba hits back after Twitter abuse] My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football. Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation
2019 10 02 Retrieve
[United have released a statement confirming the news on their official website this morning] As confirmed by Ole in his press conference following Monday’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal, Anthony Martial and Phil Jones will sit out the trip with injury, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw also haven’t travelled
Wan-Bissaka missed the clash with the Gunners due to tonsilitis, while Luke Shaw has been absent since picking up a hamstring injury during the Crystal Palace match in August. Following a specialist’s opinion, Paul Pogba requires a period of further rest and conservative treatment for the foot injury he sustained during the game against Southampton in August. Updates will follow in due course
2019 10 11 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba says he is almost there with his comeback from injury, though he remains a doubt for Manchester United’s clash with rivals Liverpool] He probably won’t be available on Sunday. There’s an international break as well, it might be time for us to give him 10 or 14 days extra to be ready for Liverpool
2019 10 28 Retrieve
[In November of 2017 he raised the issue of slavery in Libya by celebrating a goal by mimicking a man in chains] While very happy to be back, my prayers go to those suffering slavery in Libya. May Allah be by your side and may this cruelty come to an end!
2019 11 04 Retrieve
[Pogba opens up on injury woes at Man Utd and offers recovery update] It is the worst. After, it is not easy to see my team-mates go to training or on the field. You train inside, you want to return to help your team but when you are injured it is not easy [psychologically]. The most important thing is to heal properly
[Pogba also offered an update on his rehabilitation, confessing he will still be required to wear a cast for over a week] I will still be under plaster for 10 days. After, I still have two weeks of rehabilitation
2019 11 07 Retrieve
[Pogba fuelled transfer gossip during the last window when he admitted to being open to a new challenge] Obviously there have been things said but only time will tell. This question mark remains. However, as I said, I am here in Manchester. I enjoy playing with my team-mates and I always want to win every game. I always give it everything. I am always good whenever I play football. It is what I love - it is my job. I give the maximum each time I am on a green pitch
2019 11 11 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba is on his way back to action for Manchester United after having the cast taken off of his ankle this week] It is the worst. After, it is not easy to see my team-mates go to training or on the field. You train inside, you want to return to help your team but when you are injured it is not easy [psychologically]. The most important thing is to heal properly. After [the cast comes off], I still have two weeks of rehabilitation
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
2019 12 13b Retrieve
[Paul Pogba says Manchester United’s young players must make the most of their chances in the first team as they are playing for maybe the biggest club in history] 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 the quality to be with the first team then why not take the opportunity and play and enjoy yourself? Mason [Greenwood], since the first training session that I saw him in, and Brandie [Brandon Williams], Jimmy [James Garner], Angel [Gomes], Chongy [Tahith Chong] and all the players. Axel [Tuanzebe] 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 what the club is about and what the manager wants
[Pogba, who is still being linked with a move away from United] 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
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 Park Ji-sung 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
2019 12 27 Retrieve
[Man Utd star Paul Pogba launches new wristband initiative to combat racial ‘ignorance’] It was my idea to do that. I’ve been thinking about doing this but I don’t want to go through UEFA or FIFA. I did it myself. I think we have the chance to have this power to show things in football, on TV. People see it so I think that will make people understand some things. I think it is down to ignorance. Ignorance and stuff like that, and just to show people that you are all one. We are all one. I remember when I was younger about ‘Stand Up, Speak Up’. It just reminded me of that
[Jesse Lingard and Fred were also allegedly targeted during this month’s Manchester derby, while Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger had a similar experience against Tottenham last week] A lot of players in a lot of leagues - not only in the Premier League but in Italy, Spain, everywhere - [have been racially abused] and we keep hearing this. I don’t want to be president, I don’t want to be a political guy. We are just football players, we want to enjoy that. The fans need to enjoy coming and see some nice football and that’s it.
This is to show that we’re against that. I don’t want to go and make interviews but I just know that it will make people talk. My team-mates, we did it. Fred, Andreas [Pereira], I mean everyone, we are against that. We are just for football, enjoying football. We do what we love. We give joy to the fans, to everyone, to all the spectators and that’s all we want to see in the stadium. We are hearing things every week. We keep seeing it again and again in a lot of stadiums. It’s just to show that, to give support to all the players - black or white or Chinese or whatever you are - and just to show respect to everyone
2020 01 07 Retrieve
[Pogba posts series of videos from hospital bed following ankle surgery] Guys, I’m making a video on Instagram. I don’t know if okay, if I’m high, if I’m sober. I don’t look sober. But you guys asked me if it went well. I don’t know. I see my ankle like that, I can’t really feel my toes. But I’m still alive, that’s the good news! I’ll keep you updated
People told me I look drunk, but I didn’t drink alcohol. They gave me some things in my arm. They told me to relax and breathe. And then I woke up and I couldn’t move my leg and I didn’t know where I was
[Pogba’s monologue then got a bit off track, as the Frenchman said that getting a haircut is one of his big priorities post-operation] I need a haircut. The best guy that cuts hair, let me know after the operation. I’ve still got the smile! I’m blessed I’m still alive. Everything went well. I don’t know what I remember. They give me some things and I don’t even know what it is, but it feels good! Okay guys, I don’t even think I remember what I’ve done after all because, whew
2020 02 18 Retrieve
[Mathias Pogba claims Paul Pogba is eager to secure a move away from Old Trafford in order to win major titles] Everyone knows that Paul wants to leave Manchester United, he wants to play Champions League football and win titles. We all know that won’t happen at United. We will see what happens this summer
2020 02 24 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba begrudgingly admits Liverpool deserve Premier League title] They are so way ahead of everyone else. They have not lost a single game yet this season in the league. They already have one hand on the Premier League trophy. As a Manchester United player and with the rivalry between us, we don’t want them to win the title. We don’t want anyone else to win apart from us, but as a football lover and a respectful player to the opposition team, I have to say that they deserve to be where they are today. They have been even better than last season when they won the Champions League and the season before when they [lost the final to Real Madrid]
2020 03 30 Retrieve
[Pogba aiming to win trophies with Man Utd after coronavirus threat passes] Stay at home - stay safe. Keep supporting United. Hopefully things will get better very soon and we will get back to the game. Hopefully we can show you guys we are ready and we want to go back to win trophies. Stay connected, stay safe and we’ll be back on the pitch soon
I was so happy because that was what we wanted. At the start of the season we wanted to win this and it meant we went through to the Champions League [the following season]. It was our second trophy of the year and I was really happy. That’s what Manchester United is about: winning trophies
2020 04 11 Retrieve
[Pogba ‘frustrated’ but ‘hungry’ to return for Man Utd as exit talk continues to rage around him] I’ve been frustrated, a long time ago. 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. You have to be very patient because, well my injury, I don’t know if people really know what happened. So I had a foot injury, which came in the game against Southampton. It was early this season and so I carried this for a long time, training and trying to be playing with it. After I stopped, I found I had a fracture. I had a cast on it, a plaster-cast, so it went very well but too well. The bone got bigger and so, when I came back again, I played those two games against Watford and Newcastle, I could feel something again. So I had to have an operation and now here I am. I don’t feel anything and, hopefully, I’ll be back very soon.
[Pogba admits to missing the matchday routine] I don’t even know how it feels like anymore. I can’t wait to have this feeling again. I miss it because that’s my job, to play football. I really enjoy playing football
2020 04 12 Retrieve
[Pogba reveals Man Utd transfer advice from his brother] My brother, the United fan, told me he was really angry - even more than me - when I didn’t play. He told me: ‘No, go. You can play in this team. If they don’t want you here, go somewhere else. They will see. My mother always told me: ‘You will go somewhere but come back.’ She always said this. I was like: ‘We will see’ but you know mothers and the things she said: ‘You will come back here, don’t worry’ and that was just after. She said, ‘You will come back to Manchester, don’t worry’, and I did.
Yeah, when I came back, I was really happy to come back. I left it and didn’t finish. I started something but I didn’t finish, I just went somewhere else. To finish it. Obviously, coming back where I started was for me, why I was really happy. Now I’m ready to come as a confirmed player not a youth player
I’m almost there; I’m just thinking about training with the team. 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 it just shows me how much I love football
2020 04 14 Retrieve
[Manchester United star Paul Pogba has hit back at Graeme Souness] I didn’t even know who [Souness] was. I heard he was a great player and stuff like that. I don’t know the face but the name [I do]. Like I said I’m not someone that watches a lot of [punditry], I watch a lot of football but I don’t stay after the game to listen to what they say about ‘Why they did this’ or ‘why they did that’. I like to focus on football
I guess they miss me, I don’t know? I’m not someone that looks at always at Sky News. After the games, when I watch it again I watch the game, not the comments. When you know football, you don’t need someone to tell you what’s happening. Obviously what I hear when people are saying ‘Paul is doing this … Paul … Paul’ I don’t know. One day maybe I will meet them [the critics] and ask them because I really want to know why. I am doing my recovery, I can be somewhere else and I hear something but I’m just doing my recovery, you know? If they want to speak they are allowed to speak, it’s their job to speak. I am used to it now. I am really used to it, it doesn’t bother me. It’s good to hear good stuff instead of bad stuff but when you play football, you know yourself. It’s what your manager and team-mates want, the rest is just talk. It’s selling stuff I think
2020 04 14b Retrieve
[Pogba admits to being an Arsenal fan who idolised Henry before linking up with Man Utd] I will be honest. So, at the start, I was an Arsenal fan - obviously because of all the French players, you know. Me and my brother were but my other brother was a Manchester United fan. I couldn’t say anything so I used to love Henry and, because of him, I was an Arsenal fan. Then I changed and went on to choose with my other brother. No Arsenal, I went with the other one, the United fan!
[Henry was not the only iconic Frenchman or all-time great that an energetic midfielder looked up to] I had Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, [Zinedine] Zidane, Thierry Henry, Djibril Cisse, Kaka
2020 04 14c Retrieve
[Pogba reveals why he left Man Utd in 2012] It was a very difficult decision for me, with the manager as well and everything with the contract.
It wasn’t the contract but more like the trust with the manager. Obviously, the manager, for me, is still the best manager in history. When they asked me to sign the contract, if I didn’t sign, a lot of things happened. I didn’t train, I went back to training by myself and stuff like this.
It made me a bit angry and was nothing about the money. It’s just about you’re a player, we believe in you, you believe in you and, me, I just want to play football. That is all I want. I want to play.
When I had, like I’ve said before, the chance to play or to come on in this game against Blackburn, that’s when really I had heartbreak. There was no midfield here - people were injured, [Paul] Scholes wasn’t there, I think he’d retired already and it was before he came back. Rafael played in midfield with Ji-sung Park and I didn’t come on in this game. We lost the game.
I was on the bench warming up and I thought I would come on and it was a big opportunity for me. I didn’t and things happen. The manager has a choice in everything but that day is when I had my heart broken. I told Pat [Evra] that was the chance, I’d been training with him and he’d been talking to me and saying I would have a chance. But that happened, I didn’t play and I was kind of upset.
So I went to Juventus, which was a hard decision for me. Hard because it was going to another club as well where I was obviously not as one of the starting XI but I’ve got to come as a young player. A young, talented player and you have to show yourself again. I went and it was a big challenge for me. I said: ‘Go for it, no problem. I want to show I am ready to play for the team’.
[Quizzed on how tough it was to leave his homeland] Easy. It’s Manchester United. To be honest, I was about to sign at Lyon so they wanted me to sign professional but, because I say it, people used to talk to me and say: ‘Don’t go. Don’t go outside. It’s going to be difficult. Stay in France’. I said: ‘No, they’re the biggest club in the world. This comes only once in our life’. I took it. Well, it came twice for me, yes that’s true!
2020 04 14d Retrieve
[Pogba reveals how he learned from ‘unbelievable’ Scholes and Pirlo] You learn a lot and you look at them. I really learned and have been learning. It was unbelievable for me, seeing them training like that, and it pushed me. Okay, I have to work hard and have a lot more to do. Pirlo and Scholes, those are midfielders who control the game, the players to look at, and I learned from them, a lot. I started as a striker and then a number 10 and then a number six. Thank God, I didn’t go to centre-back! It was because I wanted to touch the ball too much. I was the striker and dropping too much, so one coach told me: ‘Okay, play the number 10 and touch the ball more.’ I still loved the ball too much and had too many touches, so he put me at number six
2020 04 21 Retrieve
[Pogba recently revealed that he feels many important lessons were taken from the time he spent working with Scholes, as well as Juventus star Andrea Pirlo during a productive spell in Italy] You learn a lot and you look at them. I really learned and have been learning. It was unbelievable for me, seeing them training like that, and it pushed me. Okay, I have to work hard and have a lot more to do. Pirlo and Scholes, those are midfielders who control the game, the players to look at, and I learned from them, a lot. I started as a striker and then a No.10 and then a No.6. Thank God, I didn’t go to centre-back! It was because I wanted to touch the ball too much.
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 05 03 Retrieve
[Paul Pogba has admitted that Eric Bailly would be the ideal person to be stuck in quarantine] I spoke with Eric, I spoke with Andreas [Pereira], I spoke with Victor [Lindelof], I spoke with Juan [Mata], Jesse [Lingard]… we all talk, we send messages and stuff like this. We keep in touch and we see everyone [on screen]. If I had to isolate with somebody? Eric Bailly, for sure. He will make me laugh all day long!
I have a little home gym in my house. I can do some training, some running, some bike, go outside and do some things with the ball. I am just keeping busy and keeping healthy. We have got to stay motivated, there is no other choice. It is a period and we don’t know until when it will be like this, but I still have goals in my head and one day hopefully this [pandemic] will stop. And then we have to get back on the pitch, so we have to be ready. For myself, I have been out for a long time as well, so for me, I just want to come back playing football
2020 05 07 Retrieve
[Pogba airs plan to be ‘the best’ after injury nightmare at Man Utd] I have goals. And I’ve been injured for seven months, seven to eight months. So I’m more hungry now, you know. I want to come back and obviously do great. I’ve been missing a lot of games, and I want to be the best obviously. So when I will come back I want to be the best and when I’m at home there’s no excuse
I’ve been injured for more than five months. So proper injured, no football. I’ve been in a cast. So I’ve been training by myself for, like, probably seven months, and when I was going back to the pitch, the problem arrived of corona, so we had to stop everything [and] since we’ve been in quarantine. I’ve been in the house working. I made a little pitch in my house, a football pitch so I can train, it’s like a small mini-football pitch where I just now play with my son, we’re just playing inside. We just go in there and there are balls everywhere and you play. With my wife, sometimes we do yoga stretches
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