Paul Pogba insists that he will not change his bizarre penalty technique after he scored from the spot against Young Boys on Wednesday night. The France star scored against Leicester and Brighton at the start of the season but saw Joe Hart save a tame effort in the recent triumph at Burnley.
Despite that miss, Pogba stepped up to the plate again during the comfortable Champions League victory over the Swiss outfit and persisted with his stuttering run-up, taking 26 steps before making contact with the ball and dispatching it clinically. “I had no doubt about taking the penalty,” Pogba said. “I know I missed that one, but I told him [Jose Mourinho] I won’t do the same mistake this time.
“I had the confidence of the players as well, they let me take it too, so I thank them for this and I thank the manager. “The most important thing was to put the ball in and that’s what happened, so I’m happy.” As for United’s comprehensive win, Pogba added: “I am happy. Very happy to score, very happy to help my team and very happy with the result as well. We had the result that we all wanted. It was a very good start for us and we have to carry on like this.
“We were not in trouble, but they were more aggressive. They were winning the second ball and stuff like that, so they were there and they put their foot in. “For us to score the first goal was a big breakdown for them, as they didn’t expect this and it was good for us for our confidence and after that we scored the second one. “We made the difference like this with our experience. Individually we did great as well, so that is what we wanted.”
Mourinho, meanwhile, picked out two stars for special praise, but was reluctant to laud Pogba after the win in Switzerland.