Manchester United’s defeat by Everton was ‘disrespectful’ to players, club and fans, Paul Pogba says
Manchester United’s performance in their 4-0 defeat at Everton was ‘disrespectful’ to everyone associated with the club, Paul Pogba claims.
The Red Devils were run ragged at Goodison Park on Sunday, with Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott all scoring to condemn United to their most embarrassing defeat since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
The result dealt a real blow to United’s top four hopes also, as they are now three points behind fourth place Chelsea, and their game in hand over the Blues just happens to be Wednesday’s local derby with title-chasing rivals Manchester City.
There was widespread criticism of the Old Trafford outfit following Sunday’s clash, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the manager, remained largely free of the blame.
It was United’s players who were instead vilified post-game, with many questioning the attitudes of the likes of David de Gea, Anthony Martial and Pogba, the France midfielder whose mindset was previously doubted by former manager Jose Mourinho.
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Pogba himself appears to agree with the assessment that United were lacking the right mentality when they travelled to Merseyside for the clash.
“I wish I knew [what went wrong],” Pogba told Sky Sports. “It was the details, the desire, we spoke about courage and everything we had when the manager came.
“What we had there, it was just like another team and this is not good. It is not good for Man United, for the story of the club or for the fans. It is not good at all what we did. Losing a game is something really bad that we don’t want to when we are in the race for the top four and losing 4-0 as well.
“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. We didn’t respect ourselves, the club or the fans.
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“Everything went wrong but the most important thing is the mentality that we put on the pitch – that has to change. Now it is in the past and we cannot stay on the past because it is a headache. You have to think about the next game and do better.
“[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 there.
“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.
“That’s how we should apologise to the fans, just to give everything for us, for the club, for the shirt, for the team-mates and for ourselves as well because it is us on the pitch and we cannot perform like we did.”
Source: Prem News