Ever since the 2018 summer transfer window reopened, media has had a field day reporting Paul Pogba’s unhappiness and his prospective departure from Manchester United, largely due to his supposedly deteriorating relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.
The start of the new campaign led to a few incidents – be it on the pitch, in training, or on social media – that seemingly strengthened the belief that not all was well between the Red Devils’ two most important footballing figures.
Amid all this, the World Cup-winning midfielder has been strongly linked with a potentially record-breaking switch to several European juggernauts, viz. the likes of Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid, to name a few.
On Tuesday, however, ahead of Manchester United‘s Champions League clash against Juventus, Pogba was directly asked whether he had any regrets of parting ways with the Old Lady to return to his boyhood club, to which the Frenchman provided a descriptive reply.
“Do I look sad?” the 25-year-old asked, smiling. “No. I’m happy. I’m happy to wear the shirt, I’m really happy to come back to Manchester United, wearing this shirt, playing for this team, this big club.
“When you play in a big club like this there is always talk. We know anything can go on but on the pitch I am always happy, I am always with a smile, fighting for my teammates, club and fans. That’s what I do and I’m really happy to do that.
“Choosing to come back to United, first of all, was my choice. Juve were playing Champions League and Manchester were playing Europa. I don’t regret my choice. I know Manchester in the last few years haven’t been at the top, but I came back to help the team and get them back to the top.”
The star midfielder was then asked if he was comfortable with his side’s recent title-drought as well as their current position in the league, to which he replied: “I wouldn’t say I’m comfortable. I’m a challenger – I want to win trophies. My third season is still on and hopefully we will win something.
“As a football player that’s why we play. The Premier League is the goal and the FA Cup and the Champions League is a goal too. But we are still there, still on the way – the season is long and we know we didn’t start the best way but it’s not finished.”
The Frenchman then proceeded to speak about his Old Trafford stay so far, stating: “I think it’s gone well. The first season, we won three trophies. Second year, we didn’t win any trophy: we came second and went to the final of the FA Cup.
“Personally I think it’s been good for me, good for the team. Obviously we always expect more and better from ourselves, but I think we are on the way. We always can do better, obviously we want to win trophies, that’s for sure. This season isn’t over yet, so we will see at the end.”