Paul Pogba heaps praise on Jose Mourinho as Manchester United midfielder targets record goal haul

By Mirror: Thursday, September 20th 2018 at 15:12 GMT +3 | Football
Paul Pogba has heaped praise on Jose Mourinho [Courtesy]

Paul Pogba netted from the penalty spot then heaped praise on Jose Mourinho for keeping him on spot-kick duties.

The Frenchman has targeted a personal best goals tally for a season after scoring a double to help Manchester United make a flying start to their Champions League campaign.

Putting speculation over his future to the side, the 25-year-old produced a dazzling display in Bern.

The 25-year-old produced a dazzling display in Bern [Courtesy]

Pogba's scored nine and six in his first two seasons back at Old Trafford following an £89m move from Juventus where he twice managed 10 in a campaign.

But after his double against Bern took his total to four in the first six games of the season - three of them penalties - the World Cup winner wants more.

He said: "I am happy that the goals I scored were decisive in the win. If I can do it I will try to help the team as much as possible. If I can score a goal or make an assist that will be great."

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Pogba revealed that manager Jose Mourinho and his team-mates had urged him to carry on taking penalties after he had a spot kick saved by Joe Hart at Burnley.

He added: “I didn’t have any doubts about taking the penalty. I know I missed that one against Burnley.

“Joe Hart got me that time but I won’t make the same mistake.

Pogba revealed that manager Jose Mourinho and his team-mates had urged him to carry on taking penalties [Courtesy]

“I had the confidence of the players, they let me take it and I should thank them for this, as well as the manager - he let me take it as well.”

Pogba's double steadied United after an anxious start on the artificial pitch at the Stade de Suisse and earned a third successive win as Mourinho's team continued to pull out of their early season crisis.

He added: "When we trained the day before it was a bit strange because we are used to playing on grass but we had to win and the result was the most important thing.

"It was very important because it was the first game in the Champions League and we needed to start well. We did it and got the result we wanted. Maybe the performance should have been better but we have the result and the three points so we are very happy.

"Obviously when you win you are happy but we are still trying to get better. We are changing the team and the players who come in feel like they are already part of the team and that's what we need."

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