News ID: 239117
Published: 0354 GMT February 19, 2019

Pogba desperate to make amends for lack of trophies last season

Pogba desperate to make amends for lack of trophies last season
Paul Pogba (C) celebrates after scoring Manchester United’s second goal during a 2-0 FA Cup victory over Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Britain, on February 18, 2019.
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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is driven by the feeling of defeat and the absence of domestic silverware last season.

The France World Cup-winning midfielder was frustrated when Paris St. Germain inflicted the first loss of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s caretaker stewardship, and was pleased with the response in Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup win at Chelsea, FourFourTwo reported.

“Losing a game after 11 games without losing hurts and it’s a really bad feeling, so you don’t want this to happen again,” Pogba told MUTV.

United, which was beaten to FA Cup glory by Chelsea in last season’s final, next face Wolves in the quarterfinals.

Pogba added, “All the competitions are important. We want to win something.

“Last year we didn’t win any trophies. I still remember that. This year we want to win something.”

Pogba starred at Stamford Bridge. Making Ander Herrera’s opening goal and heading United’s second from Marcus Rashford’s cross.

“We knew how to hurt them, (by) running behind their midfielders,” added Pogba, who now has 14 goals this season.

“Two runs in the box, two goals.

“My job as a midfielder is not to score goals, it’s more to make assists. But when I get a chance to score goals it’s a great feeling.”

Pogba felt United, which next plays Liverpool on Sunday, had more to give.

“The result was great, but we should do better. We should react even better,” he added.

“We made it harder for ourselves. We can control more, play more and hurt them more with the ball.”

Herrera was deployed in a more attacking role than usual to put pressure on Chelsea playmaker Jorginho.

The Spain midfielder said, “I played a more offensive role, because the manager asked me. He (Solskjaer) told me they struggled in some of the zones around Jorginho and I did it.”

 

Job secured, for now

 

Maurizio Sarri is set to continue as Chelsea head coach, for now, but forthcoming fixtures could determine his fate.

Owner Roman Abramovich is not renowned for his patience and the humiliating losses to Bournemouth and Manchester City, followed by the reaction of the fans during Monday's FA Cup exit, could result in Sarri's departure, The Independent reported.

It is understood Chelsea is preparing with Sarri for Thursday's Europa League last-32 second leg against Malmo – the London side holds a 2-1 first-leg advantage – with Sunday's Carabao Cup final clash versus City following.

Chelsea beat Pep Guardiola's side 2-0 in December and Sarri maintains, despite the 6-0 reverse at the Etihad Stadium on February 10, his side can earn the first trophy of his career.

Then follows a derby with archrival Tottenham on February 27, where defeat would see Chelsea lose further ground in the bid for Champions League qualification through the Premier League. The Blues are sixth, behind Arsenal on goals scored.

Historically, as Luiz Felipe Scolari and Andre Villas Boas will attest, it was when the top-four hopes were floundering that Chelsea made a change in the dugout.

Already under pressure following the 6-0 City loss, which was Chelsea's biggest defeat in 28 years – swiftly following the 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth, the worst in 22 years – Sarri was left in no doubt at the strength of the fans' feelings towards him.

Chelsea supporters joined in as United fans sang "You're getting sacked in the morning", before home fans sang about the Chelsea’s record goalscorer and Derby County’s manager Frank Lampard.

 

 

 

 

 

   
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