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Winning trophies is all that matters - Pogba

Published:Saturday | July 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Paul Pogba has hit back at criticism around Manchester United's season underlining that the most important thing was that the club won trophies.

United won the Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield in Jose Mourinho's first year at Old Trafford but the addition of Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic last Summer raised the expectations around the club, which finished sixth in the Premier League.

Their style was also criticized, with Bournemouth scoring more league goals.

"I accept that we didn't play well, we didn't do this, we didn't do that. I know what we did - we won three trophies. That's all I know and that's all that matters. Because you can be the best team in the world, you can play great football and you win zero trophies. And who remembers them'No one. Right?'"said Pogba.

Earlier in the season, Pogba had said his status as the world's most expensive player had created unrealistic expectations of what his role at Old Trafford should be.


Yet he insisted that the price tag was not something he thought too much about after his world record move from Juventus to Manchester United.

"After one week, I forgot," said Pogba in reference to his price tag.

"It's people that reminded me. Because at the end of the day, when you die, the most expensive and the less expensive, they go in the same grave. So I don't even think about it."

He was also asked if, as a Muslim living in the city, he had a message for the people of Manchester following the terrorist attack at Ariana Grande's Manchester Arena concert, which occurred less than 48 hours before the Europa League final kicked off.

Pogba, who scored in that win over Ajax, had dedicated the victory to the 22 people who were killed by the suicide bomber when speaking after the game.

"It's a very difficult moment but you cannot give up," he said.

"We can't let them get in our heads, we have to fight for it. Sad things happen in life but you cannot stop living.

"You cannot kill a human being. To kill a human being ... . It's something crazy, so I don't want to put religion on it. This is not Islam and everybody knows that. I won't be the only one saying that."