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‘Do I look sad?’: Pogba insists he remains happy at Manchester United

‘Do I look sad?’ Paul Pogba insists he remains happy at Manchester United and has no regrets about leaving Juventus two years ago for £89m

  • Paul Pogba has dismissed suggestions he is unhappy at Manchester United
  • Pogba left Juventus to join United in 2016 for a world record fee of £89million 
  • The midfielder’s future has come under scrutiny in recent weeks and months   
  • His relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has also been questioned 

Paul Pogba returned to Turin insisting that he is happy to be a Manchester United player and has no regrets about leaving Juventus for Old Trafford in a world record £89million deal.

Pogba’s future has come under intense scrutiny this season after the Frenchman refused to quell speculation that he wants to quit United for a second time to join Barcelona.

His relationship with Jose Mourinho has also been questioned after the United manager stripped him of the vice-captaincy, but Pogba claimed he has not been hurt by the decision.

Paul Pogba says he is still happy playing for Manchester United after leaving Juventus in 2016

Paul Pogba says he is still happy playing for Manchester United after leaving Juventus in 2016

The midfielder's relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has come under the spotlight

The midfielder’s relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has come under the spotlight

‘It didn’t affect me,’ said Pogba. ‘I’m still playing and I’m really happy to play, The manager is the one who chooses who is captain. I was the second one after Valencia. Then if he takes me the armband it doesn’t change anything for me.

‘I just want to play, perform, that’s my job and give my best for my team and for everybody, for the fans, for the club. It didn’t really touch me, didn’t affect me. Nothing changed really.’

Appearing at the Juventus Stadium where he made his name and won four Serie A titles, Pogba dismissed suggestions that he has had second thoughts about leaving the Italian champions.

Pogba joined United for a world record transfer fee of £89million in the summer of 2016

Pogba joined United for a world record transfer fee of £89million in the summer of 2016

He reiterated the point that he wants to stay and play as well as he can, adding: 'That's my job'

He reiterated the point that he wants to stay and play as well as he can, adding: ‘That’s my job’

‘Choosing to come back to Man United was my choice,’ he added. ‘Juventus were playing Champions League and Manchester were playing Europa League. I knew first of all I wouldn’t play Champions League and I was very happy.

‘I made my choice and don’t regret it at all. I know Manchester the last few years are not being at the top but I came back just to help the team and try to come back at the top so we are on the way.

‘We have a lot of goals so, for me, no it’s not strange. It’s a choice and I don’t regret it all. I’m very happy to come back to Man United and wear the shirt and everything. I’m sure we will come back to our best.

Pogba is in  Mourinho's squad for the Champions League fixture away at Juventus in Turin

Pogba is in Mourinho’s squad for the Champions League fixture away at Juventus in Turin

‘Do I look sad? I’m happy. Like I said again, I’m happy to wear the shirt, I’m really happy to come back to Man United wearing this shirt playing for this team, this big club.

‘Obviously when you play in a big club like that there is always talk about this club. We know anything can go on but on the pitch always happy, always with a smile, fighting for my team mates club and fans. That’s what I do and I’m really happy to do that.’

On his relationship with Mourinho, Pogba added: ‘If I ask you this question how is the manager with other players, he will say he is the manager and I’m the player. I think the same way as everybody. I’m just a player, I do what he tells me to do. He’s the boss, he’s the manager and I listen. I enjoy it, I just listen, and I do it with happiness.’  


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