Paul Pogba and Juan Mata spoke to MUTV after United’s brilliant first half performance against Leicester City in the club’s 4-1 victory.
The Frenchman gave United a a 4-0 advantage after proving too strong for his marker, out-muscling him and heading past the goalkeeper. It was his first of hopefully many more to come for his new club.
“The first half was almost perfect and that’s why we won the game I think,” Pogba remarked. “It was our best half since the start of the season. It wasn’t easy for the players in the second half to switch on when we knew Leicester were going to push up to try to score goals but I think we did great.”
“The thing we did well was we did great without the ball. It was very important and when we had the ball we just played like I knew we could. We were very focused and we produced a big performance on the pitch. We want to carry on like this.”
Pogba was also voted Man of the Match by Sky Sports pundits as he produced a scintillating display of power and precision football.
“It feels great to get my first goal at Old Trafford,” he said. “For me it was very good and very important. I hope it won’t be the last one.”
Pogba later claimed that he saw it as a challenge to join United considering his success at his former club Juventus, but he is relishing the challenge.
“It was a big challenge for me to come here, even though I‘d won four titles with Juventus. It was a challenge with the history at United – but I always go for challenges.”
Juan Mata got the second goal of the match and in some style with a ferocious shot after some precise passing in the buildup. He acknowledged United’s troubles the past week and stated how United “needed something like this” to get back on track.
“There has been a lot of talk about the team in recent weeks but we scored four different goals and showed what we could do. Once you score the first one and the second one, you gain confidence and it’s great for the fans because it’s been a while since they have had something to celebrate like this.”
Having bagged his second goal of the campaign, he told MUTV that: “It was a nice goal but the most important thing was that it came at an important moment in the game. After we scored the first goal, Leicester were still in the game so the second goal and then the third goal killed off the game.”
Mata went on to admit United’s shortcomings with corner kicks during previous campaigns, but with Jose’s new recruitments, he feels they will be more dangerous at set pieces this season. It was a common problem for United during Louis Van Gaal’s reign, but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, and Paul Pogba brought in, it gives United a different profile in front of goal.
“We have always worked on corners,” exclaimed Mata. “As a team we try to get the ball into the box for someone to put it in the back of the net. We tried it a few times last season but it didn’t work. Now we know we have strong people, tall people to head the ball in.”
You can read about our post-match reaction to the victory here.