Manchester United’s Paul Pogba celebrates after the final whistle during the Emirates FA Cup semi-final match at Wembley Stadium, London. Saturday April 21, 2018.
Paul Pogba sent a clear message to Manchester United fans after the 2-1 victory over Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
The France international was one of the players who struggled in the opening stages of the match on Saturday and his performance initially angered Jose Mourinho, who could be seen shouting on the touchline.
But after going behind through Dele Alli’s opener, Pogba played an instrumental role in United’s equaliser as he outmuscled Mousa Dembele before playing a fine cross to Alexis Sanchez, who headed past Michel Vorm.
Pogba’s performance improved as the match progressed and United managed to book their place in next month’s final via Ander Herrera’s strike in the second half.
In the build-up to the semi-final at Wembley, Pogba’s future at United has been in doubt, with reports claiming that Mourinho is willing to sell his £90 million signing at the end of the season after becoming frustrated with his inconsistent displays.
But after the final whistle at Wembley, Pogba showed no signs of wanting to leave Old Trafford this summer.
The midfielder was the last United player out on the pitch celebrating with fans. Pogba also approached supporters and tapped the United badge on his shirt before continuing to celebrate with the jubilant travelling support.
Herrera also admitted after beating Tottenham that his role in United’s midfield needed to be more disciplined in order to get the best out of Pogba.
‘I have to keep the balance of the team with Nemanja [Matic] because we have Paul who is a fantastic player who can create everything, so we have to leave him free and I have to be more next to Nemanja,’ the Spaniard told MUTV. ‘But I try to be sometimes in those positions when I can score, and I did it.
‘Romelu is scoring a lot of goals, Anthony [Martial], Marcus [Rashford], Jesse [Lingard], Alexis [Sanchez] now as well so we have fantastic players in attack but we have to add goals to improve the team.’