The midfielder admits the Champions League last-16 first leg against the French champions (kick-off 20:00 GMT) will be special on a personal level, but that his only focus is a win to take to the Parc des Princes for the second leg.
Pogba is already enjoying the best goalscoring season of his career to date, with his tally up to 13 goals after two strikes in the Reds’ 3-0 Premier League win at Fulham on Saturday, and the World Cup winner is champing at the bit before the much-anticipated match at Old Trafford.
“I’m super excited, obviously!”
the midfielder explains in this evening’s edition of United Review.
“It’s a top game, we’re playing against a top team and we want to go as far as we can in the Champions League. We play to play for those big cups, big tournaments and against big teams. Obviously it’s not going to be easy, but it is why we play.”
Asked if the game means more, due to his upbringing in Lagny-sur-Marne – around 17 miles from the French capital – United’s no.6 confesses:
“It does, but when I was younger I was more Marseille, because of my dad.
“But coming from Paris, and playing against your ‘home’ or your first town, it’s my first time, so it’s going to be beautiful! I’m going to have my family around, all my friends. But I hope we win.
“There are a lot of French players, and they have top players who have been winning the league for I don’t know how many years. They’re looking to win the Champions League – that’s their goal. The goalkeepers, Alphonse Areola, Gigi [Buffon] – I played with both of them, and Kylian [Mbappe] and [Presnel] Kimpembe. So I’m looking forward to playing against them, but the first thing is to win against them! That’s what I want.”
With star forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani doubtful for the game due to injuries, much of the media attention has focused on the threat of Kylian Mbappe, who became the youngest player to score in a World Cup final since Pele when he netted against Croatia in Les Bleus’ 4-2 victory in Russia last summer.
“What’s so special [about Kylian] is that he’s maybe 20 and plays like he’s 27 – and 27 is when you have a lot of experience,”
“He understands the game and that is the difference between him and the other young, top talented players. He’s just a machine. You think about Thierry Henry, Ronaldo – he’s this kind of player, who can score goals, is very fast, can dribble, can make assists. He’s a player that it’s hard to block.
“I would say we are lucky that Neymar is not there – it’s unlucky for him, but lucky for us because he’s a player that can change the game by himself as well. Those kinds of players, you don’t really know where or how to block them, because they can create so much space, they can …read more
Source:: Daily times