Paul Pogba says Manchester United will give everything in order to win the Europa League in 2017.
The Reds are safely through to the knockout stages and await the outcome of Monday’s draw, following a 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk with the Frenchman setting up Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late clincher.
The trophy is one that has eluded the Reds, even though the club entered it in its UEFA Cup days as early as 1964. Last season, Liverpool ended hopes of reaching a first final by knocking Louis van Gaal’s side out and advancing to the quarter-finals, only to ultimately lose out to Sevilla in the final.
Even though the competition has its critics, primarily because of its Thursday night fixture slot, with a Champions League place awaiting the victors, there is all to play for.
“It was a good win which is what we wanted,” Pogba told MUTV after the victory in Odessa. “Now we have to be focused on the next game. We know what we want – if we can get the Europa League, that’s what we want and we will do everything to win it.”
Pogba has started more games for the Reds this season than any outfield colleague and the same as keeper David De Gea (20) but is showing few signs of fatigue.
“When we play in loads of competitions, we play every three days and we have the team to change and we have to be ready,” he added.
“When we prepare in pre-season, it’s to play in these games every three days and just get fit for these games.”