Pogba admits Man Utd’s drubbing at Everton was ‘disrespectful’ to club and fans
Paul Pogba accepts that
players let the club down with a
‘disrespectful’ performance in the
4-0 defeat by Everton at the Goodison
The thrashing was United’s fifth straight
loss away from home and left manager
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer going over to
travelling fans to apologise.
And talisman Paul Pogba believes the
squad need to change their mentality if
they are to salvage qualification from a
season that is once again threatening to go
off the rails.
‘Not to be disrespectful and I am not
disrespectful on Everton, but the way we
played and the performance of myself, of
the team, of everyone is disrespectful,’
Pogba told Sky Sports News. ‘We didn’t
respect ourselves, the club or the fans.
‘Everything went wrong but the most
important thing is the mentality that we put
on the pitch – that has to change
‘[In the dressing room after the game] we
let the manager speak, the staff speak and
they spoke the truth. They said what
happened in the game and it is not
respectful for ourselves.
“What we did on the pitch is not respectful
for the team-mates, for the staff, for the
people, for the kitman, for everyone.
For their work, they put their life on us, the
team and this club. What we showed on
the pitch, we did not give them the joy back
and that’s why we are angry with
ourselves. We want to do better for sure
and we have to. The reaction has to be
‘I want to say [to the fans], and I know it
may not be enough, but the fans want a
reaction from the players and the only way
to apologise to them is to give everything
on the pitch, do our best, create chances,
score goals, defend, work for the team and
we can even lose games, but with a good
performance and pride on the pitch.
‘I don’t want to be harsh with my words but
we don’t want to look like we did yesterday
because the body language was not good
enough for this shirt.
‘When you’re here, you deserve it and you
have to give your life on the pitch. You have
to work, you have to sweat for this shirt
and you have to give everything.
‘We are Manchester United and we play to
win trophies. Last year, we didn’t win any
and this year again and now we don’t get
into the top four, obviously is a very
disappointing season. It is not good at all
for this club.’