Paul Pogba has hit back at the criticism of Manchester United’s performances by claiming that trophies are all that matter to him.
United scored only 54 goals as they finished sixth in the Premier League but secured Champions League qualification after winning the Europa League and also won the League Cup and Community Shield.
Indeed, Jose Mourinho claimed he was made to feel that United were the “worst team in the world”, but Pogba believes United answered their critics with the silverware they won.
In an interview with Esquire magazine, United’s world-record signing said: “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?”
Pogba also claimed that he gave little thought to his £89m transfer fee, having been the subject of intense scrutiny after his move from Juventus back to Manchester.
“After one week, I forgot,” he said. “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.”
The 24-year-old was also confident that he would return to the club one day, despite leaving under acrimonious circumstances in 2012.
“I left Manchester to play,” he said. “That’s all I wanted. Even though I was young, I felt I could play now and I didn’t want to wait. So if it wasn’t with Manchester it would be with someone else. But in my mind, I knew: ‘It’s not finished, I might come back.’ My mum told me this: ‘You’ll come back one day.’ And here I am: having a haircut in Manchester.”