Paul Pogba has said Manchester United must approach next week’s Europa League second leg with the same mentality that resulted in a 6-2 win from Thursday’s first meeting.
The Reds four-goal victory means the Reds will head to the Italian capital next week in a very commanding position, after goals from Bruno Fernandes (2), Edinson Cavani (2), Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
Despite the Reds’ strong advantage, Pogba was keen to point out that the tie is far from over.
“For sure, the result was positive but it’s not finished yet,” he told BT Sport.
“It’s one more leg to go through so we are going to have to stay focused and play the next game with the same mentality.”
The Reds were trailing 2-1 at half-time and it took a phenomenal fightback from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to emerge with a four-goal lead after 90 minutes.
“I would say first half, we made two mistakes and conceded two goals. When we conceded the second goal, we were a bit all over the place,” said Pogba.
“At half-time we spoke and said ‘let’s do the right things, the simple things’. The manager spoke, we were all motivated to go and score [as many] goals as possible.
Paul was also harshly judged to have handled the ball inside the box during the first half, which resulted in a penalty that was converted by Lorenzo Pellegrini.
For Pogba, he felt hugely frustrated at the award of the spot-kick.
“Just don’t tackle,” our no.6 responded when asked what he could do to avoid giving away a penalty. “I don’t know how to tackle. That’s my problem,” he joked.
“I try to tackle, and be the English guy. I need to practise more. I mean, I need to practise the tackle without arms now, but it’s unlucky for me, I’ve been unlucky a lot this season for penalties, but it’s okay. We were confident still and we have the result that we wanted.”