Paul Pogba is relishing playing alongside Bruno Fernandes and Manchester United’s in-form attackers, with their “beautiful” link-up play a joy to behold for the Frenchman.
United have extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches across all competitions since returning from the coronavirus-enforced break last month and their forwards have played a significant role in that.
Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have scored eight goals between them already, while Fernandes has added another four and also grabbed a pair of assists.
Pogba, too, has impressed since the resumption, coming back into the side after missing the majority of the first part of the campaign through injury, and now there is talk of a possible contract extension for the Real Madrid-linked midfielder.
While his long-term future remains a little uncertain for the time being, there is no doubt Pogba is enjoying life at United, with his slightly deeper role giving him the opportunity to look on and savour the attacking talents at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s disposal.
“From behind I just enjoy it. I’m enjoying just watching Bruno, Rashford, Martial and Mason, who all played the last game, and seeing them score goals,” he told United’s official website ahead of Thursday’s trip to Aston Villa.
“You just keep applauding, it’s beautiful. They make me enjoy football every time!
“As well though, there is the defensive work that people don’t talk about – they do it. The pressing – they do it. That’s what you maybe don’t see that much.
“Football fans who know football see that and that’s the difference that we have and it’s great to see them at their best.
“I think it’s about the mentality – the attacking and defending that they do every time – that helps us, it helps the midfielders and the defenders and obviously the talent speaks for itself – the goals and the action and the football, everything.”
Pogba believes Fernandes and United’s frontline all have the desire to keep pushing themselves for more – a trait which makes them even more dangerous.
“For example, Martial scored three goals, his first hat-trick, then he goes again, you have to carry on. He wants to take another ball home, you know,” Pogba continued.
“You have to have this mentality, score a goal and do it again and again… Bruno, Rashy [Rashford], Mason. If you’ve got two goals, great, but go for three, why not? You have to keep this mentality, keep a clean sheet too. We want to keep working on this and we have the mentality to do it.
“That’s also the mentality of this club, it’s always been like that. We’re never satisfied with one trophy or one game we win or two games or 10 games, you want more, you always want more. That’s what makes Manchester United the biggest club, for me, in England.”
Victory for United on Thursday will take them to within a point of fourth-placed Leicester City, who Solskjaer’s men will face on the final day of the Premier League season.