Manchester United player Paul Pogba said he needs to keep his morale high to perform at his best. He further added that he would be fined if he ever spoke his true feelings.
The 25-year old midfielder was part of the World Cup-winning squad earlier this year. He even scored in United’s 2-1 win over Leicester in Friday’s Premier League opener.
However, Pogba was not part of the squad for most of the 2017-18 campaign. This summer, many rumours have linked him with a move to Barcelona.
“If you’re not happy, you cannot give your best,” Pogba said.
“There are things I cannot say otherwise I will get fined,” he added.
When he was asked how different it was to play for France compared to United, Pogba said: “I am the same, but it’s a different team, obviously.
“I still enjoying playing football but like I said, when you are comfortable or confident and are good in the head, it’s going to be easier”.
The Frenchman joined United for a then-world record £89m back in August 2016. However, he was left out of the starting line-up for both legs of United’s Champions League last-16 defeat to Sevilla last season.
This time, Pogba donned the captain’s armband for United on Friday and helped power them to victory. He added: “I always love the club [United]. I came from the academy, I played for the first team. For me, it was a dream come true.”
During the World Cup final, Pogba scored as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup for the second time.
Following that, former United defender Rio Ferdinand said it was “down to Jose [Mourinho] to unlock this Pogba we saw at the World Cup because he was responsible, he stood up to a lot of hard tests in midfield, and was a talisman for this team”.
United manager Mourinho praised Pogba for being “absolutely brilliant” in Les Bleus’ final three matches in Russia.
“It’s about him understanding why he was so good, especially in the second part of the competition,” said the Portuguese manager.
According to Pogba, “everybody was on the same page” in the France dressing room, from manager Didier Deschamps to the staff and players.
“When you have everybody with you, everybody next to you, you know they want to fight for you, obviously it’s going to be easier,” he said.