Paul Pogba warns Manchester United that their 6-2 first leg victory over Roma is not a guarantee of reaching the Europa League Final. ‘It’s not finished.’
The Giallorossi had been leading 2-1 at half-time, but lost Jordan Veretout, Pau Lopez and Leonardo Spinazzola to injury in the opening 37 minutes.
That left them with no more substitution slots in the second half and they fell to pieces as time wore on.
“The result is positive but it’s not finished. We will have to say focused and play a nice game with the same mentality,” Pogba told BT Sport.
“In the first half we had two mistakes and conceded two goals. We were a bit all over the place after the second goal.
“At half-time we said let’s do the right things, let’s do simple things. The manager spoke. We were all motivated to score as many goals as possible.”
Pogba gave away a penalty for handball, sliding in with his arm raised on the Rick Karsdorp pull-back. What more could he have done?
“Just don’t tackle. I don’t know how to tackle. I try to be the English guy. I need to practise more. I need to practise to tackle without arms. It’s unlucky. I’ve been unlucky a lot this season with penalties.”
Manchester United also received a very dubious penalty, as Edinson Cavani had already tried and failed the back-heel flick by the time Chris Smalling connected with him.