English Premiership

Pogba lives for pressure games

2018-10-19 14:26
Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba (AP)

Caper Town - Manchester United face arguably their biggest test of the season to date when they travel to Chelsea on Saturday, and it's one that Paul Pogba relishes.

The Red Devils are already seven points adrift of the frontrunners in eighth place after losing three of their opening eight Premier League games.

A dramatic 3-2 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford just prior to the international break eased the pressure on United manager Jose Mourinho slightly, after they halted four-match winless run in all competitions.

The Blues, meanwhile, are starting to gel under new head coach Maurizio Sarri, who has made an unbeaten start to his tenure in the league and sees his team sharing top spot with Manchester City and Liverpool.

The west Londoners haven't lost to United at Stamford Bridge since 2012, but Pogba insists he lives for these "big games" and is hoping to steal the limelight from Eden Hazard.

"For me, those games are the best games to play. You play against the best players, you play against a big club, a big story," the 2018 World Cup winner said in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.

"You play football to play those big games with a lot of pressure. That's what you want to play.

"You can see this season [Chelsea] have a lot of possession obviously, they are winning, they have one character you cannot miss in Eden Hazard, they say he is on fire, this time he is probably the best player in the PL right now.

"The team is going well, they have good results, for us we come back from the Newcastle game, 3-2 winning at home, we need points, so it's going to be a tough one. I think they need points, we need points.

"The game is going to be very hard, we're playing away. It's a Chelsea vs Man Utd game, you know, so it's a big one."

 

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