Man Utd star Paul Pogba explains half-time team talk that inspired Roma Europa League rout
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Paul Pogba has revealed details of the half-time team talk inside the Manchester United home dressing room that inspired the Red Devils to a 6-2 rout over Roma. Crazily, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had trailed at the interval despite taking the lead through Bruno Fernandes inside eight minutes.
But Roma responded almost instantly and won a penalty when Pogba handled from Rick Karsdorp’s cross at the byline.
Lorenzo Pellegrini dispatched the spot kick before Edin Dzeko put the visitors in front following a well-worked move.
United knew they were in danger of throwing the tie away after conceding the two away goals and were keen to regroup at the interval.
Pogba has explained how both Solskjaer and the United players rallied themselves to ensure they responded to a sloppy first-half after the break.
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“In the first half we made two mistakes, we conceded two goals,” he told BT Sport.
“When we conceded the second goal I felt as though we were a bit all over the place.
“At half-time we just talked and said ‘let’s do the right things’ and ‘let’s do the simple things’ and we will go through.
“The manager spoke and we were all determined to go and score as many goals as possible.”
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Edinson Cavani was in sublime form as the Uruguayan struck twice.
Fernandes also added his second of the game before Pogba and Mason Greenwood got in on the act.
United now know they have one foot in the final but Pogba reiterated that professionalism is key when the two sides meet again in Rome, as he refused to admit the tie was over.
“For sure the result is positive. But it is not finished,” he added.
“There is still one more leg to go through so we will have to stay focused.
“We will have to ensure we play the second leg with the same mentality.”
The midfielder also saw the funny side to giving a penalty away in the first half, claiming he needs to learn how to tackle despite the handball.
“I don’t know how to tackle,” Pogba joked. “Why should I tackle? That’s my problem!
“I just try and tackle and be like an English guy but I need to practise more on this.
“I need to practise tackling without moving my arms now. I would say it’s unlucky for me, I’ve been unlucky a lot this season for penalties so I need to learn.
“But it’s okay, we were confident still and in the end we got the result we wanted.”
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