Paul Pogba insists Manchester United are in title race: I’d stop playing if we weren’t

by Harry Robinson

Paul Pogba has asserted his confidence that Manchester United can still win the Premier League this season.

He told BBC Sport that he wouldn’t bother playing if he wasn’t sure he could have his hands on the title in May.

Pogba returned from a long-term injury, sustained in mid-September as he captained Man United in the UEFA Champions League against FC Basel, at the weekend in style.

The Frenchman scored and assisted in a 4-1 dismantling of Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United on Saturday evening to put United eight points behind Premier League leaders and favourites Manchester City.

“The season is very long, of course,” Pogba reminded BBC Sport.

“If I don’t believe that [United can win the league], I’d stop playing.

“If I don’t believe we can still win the league, I better stop. I’ll leave my boots and stop playing football cause I’m a believer — we keep fighting.”

With Pogba back in the side, United had a cutting edge. They had a genuine link between defence, midfield and attack, genuine world-class quality, moments of play that shocked you with their quality.

If Jose Mourinho can keep Pogba fit for the rest of the season, alongside summer signing Nemanja Matic, United can continue to press City for the title, there is no doubt about that. United have come from eight points behind, and can do so again, it’d be stupid to suggest otherwise.

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