Paul Pogba has expressed his enthusiasm ahead of Manchester United’s pre-season clash with Real Madrid on Sunday night.
The Frenchman dazzled the Houston crowd during the first ever Manchester derby outside of England last Thursday as Jose Mourinho‘s men cruised to a 2-0 win.
Man United have returned to Los Angeles for the clash with Madrid – their opponents in next month’s UEFA Super Cup on August 8.
And Pogba, speaking to MUTV, has noted that, ahead of next season’s Champions League, beating the current holders will be important.
“The big games keep on coming,” he said.
“The players in the next team want to play against the best. We want to play against the best, we want to beat the best and we want to become the best.
“Those games are very important for us because it is not like the game against Real Salt Lake when they want to prove themselves against Manchester United. You try to play but mentally it is different. Now it is a big team, as big as Manchester United. You don’t want to lose against them.”
United had played two games already by the time they took on City in Texas, while Pep Guardiola’s men had no minutes at all under their belts, and it showed throughout.
And the clash on Sunday will likewise be Madrid’s first since lifting the Champions League trophy in Cardiff back in May. They are, of course, a significantly greater threat than a City side laden with youngsters, but the difference between fitness levels cannot be underestimated.
Think back to that 4-1 defeat to Borrussia Dortmund in Shanghai last year; the Germans had an extra two weeks training behind them and they duly steamrolled Mourinho’s men.
Sunday’s clash, therefore, serves as an ideal time to bring the hammer down on the team to beat in next season’s Champions League.