Paul Pogba says winning trophies is “all that matters”, and he helped Manchester United to three in the 2016-17 campaign.

The French midfielder returned to Old Trafford in a record-breaking transfer which placed immediate pressure on his broad shoulders.

He acknowledges that both he and United allowed their standards to dip at times, with a sixth-place finish in the Premier League a cause of frustration.

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Jose Mourinho’s side were, however, to end the season having tasted Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League glory, and Pogba has been quick to point out that people only remember winners.

He told Esquire magazine: “I accept that we didn’t play well, we didn’t do this, we didn’t do that.

“I know what we did – we won three trophies. That’s all I know. And that’s all that matters.

“Because you can be the best team in the world, you can play great football and you win zero trophies. And who remembers them? No-one. Right?”

Pogba has also reiterated that the burden of expectation which accompanied his big-money transfer from Juventus did not weigh on him.

He always believed that he would return to United at some stage and paid little attention to how much it cost the club to make that happen.

The 24-year-old added: “After one week, I forgot about the fee. It’s people that reminded me.

“­Because, at the end of the day, when you die, the most expensive and less ­expensive, they go in the same grave.

“So I don’t even think about it. I left Manchester to play. That’s all I wanted. Even though I was young, I felt I could play now and I didn’t want to wait. So if it wasn’t with Manchester it would be with someone else.

“But in my mind, I knew, ‘It’s not ­finished, I might come back’. My mum told me this, ‘You’ll come back one day’.”

Pogba made 51 appearances across all competitions for United in 2016-17, netting nine goals.

 

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