PAUL POGBA has revealed how the Covid-19 pre-season battle has ruined its season so far.
The French World Cup winner scored from 20 yards at West Ham on Saturday to lead Manchester United to a 3-2 comeback win.
It was the first in the campaign when he was in and out of the team and struggled while he was playing.
But for the first time, Pogba explained how much Covid could kill a super fit athlete like himself.
Pogba said: “It’s strange, it’s hard to explain because you won’t understand.
“Even in training, I would tell the fitness trainer that I feel weird. Not me. I tire quickly and I run out of breath very quickly.
“The first game of the season, I couldn’t run. I try.
“I spoke to the manager, I said ‘I’m going to start the game and let’s see’, but I was very out of breath and it took me a long time to get me back into my fitness and back physically good.
“I wasn’t physically ready, I would say. I feel physically weak. “
But after the full 90 minutes under his belt against West Ham on Saturday Pogba is feeling fit and is now ready to take on a very tough week ahead.
United travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig on Tuesday in their final Group H game which needs a point to qualify then next Saturday is the Manchester derby.
Pogba said: “I feel confident, I feel myself, I like my feet more and physically I feel much better.
“It’s great to be back in the team, and to score this goal to help the team get back into the game, it’s very important for the team. I’m very happy for that.
“Just to play for 90 minutes and get on with the game… It’s a huge difference. I found my rhythm too.
“I feel a lot better, I feel I can go again, control the game, get the ball. That’s what I like, myself.
“That’s what I think is good for the team. I’m a team player. As long as the team wins, that’s the most important.
“I find myself good and we want to win. That’s why I came here and that’s why I want to be successful. We have the Champions League and we have City.
“We know that they are two very important games, decisive matches. We have to always stick to this winning mentality. That’s this club. “
A stunning second-half comeback at West Ham is the fifth time in five away league games this season they have come from behind to win.
For Pogba, it is a fitting reminder of how well they played at home to Leipzig when they won 5-0.
He added: “We play how we like to play football. Remember against Leipzig, when we played, when we scored in the second half, it’s the same. It’s two touch, two touch, one touch.
“Rashy’s goal is one-touch football. That’s beautiful. That’s who we are, we have the quality to do that, and we have to do it from the start.
“There were so many chances, we conceded, it was difficult for us in the first half and we showed character in the second half and that’s what we have to remember.
“Always. It has to be inside. I mean, always. We can’t lose and be happy about a defeat or a draw.
“We have to be bad losers, that’s what we have to do, and always want to win. Even 1-0 or 6-5 … We have to win. That’s what we want.”
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