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Manchester United star Paul Pogba has opened up about hell in the coronavirus, recalling the “strange” feeling of training and exhaustion in the first game

PAUL POGBA has revealed how Covid-19’s previous game has ruined his season so far.

The Frenchman won the World Cup on Saturday with a goal from 20 yards at West Ham to set Manchester United on the road to a 3-2 comeback victory.

Paul Pogba opened up about the impact of the coronavirus on its readiness


Paul Pogba opened up about the impact of the coronavirus on its readinessCredit: Getty Images – Getty

It was his first campaign when he was on and off the team and he struggled when he played.

But for the first time, Pogba explained how much Covid can get out of a super fit athlete like him.

Pogba said: “It is strange, it is difficult to explain because I would not understand.

“Even during training, I would tell my fitness trainer that I’m feeling weird. It ‘s not me. I’m tired and I’m breathing fast.

“The first game of the season, I could not run. I was trying.

“I talked to the manager, I said ‘start the game and let’s see’, but I was very breathless and it took me a long time to get back in shape and get back physically well.

“I would not be physically fit,” he would say. “I felt physically weak.”

But after 90 minutes under the belt against West Ham on Saturday, Pogba is feeling well and ready to face a massive week ahead of us.

Pogba tested positive for coronavirus in late August


Pogba tested positive for coronavirus in late AugustCredit: Getty Images – Getty

United face travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig on Tuesday in the last Group X match, which needs a point to qualify, next Saturday is the derby in Manchester.

Pogba said: “I feel confident, I feel myself, as more in the legs and I feel much better physically.

“It ‘s just good to be back in the team, and to score this goal to help the team get back in the game, it’ s very important for the team. I’m very happy about that.

“Just to play for 90 minutes and continue with the games … That’s the difference. I also find my rhythm.

“I feel much better, I felt I could go again, control the game, get the ball. That’s what I like.

“That’s what I think is good for the team. I am a team player. As long as the team wins, that’s the most important thing, you know.

“I think I’m 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 these are two very important games, decisive games. We must carry this mentality of victory, always. “That is what the club is about.”

That stunning comeback in the second half at West Ham was the fifth time in five away games this season, they are coming from behind to win.

For Pogba it was a very timely reminder of how well they played in the home game against Leipzig when they won 5-0.

He added: “We play the way we want to play football. Remember against Leipzig, when we played, when we scored the goals in the second half was the same. It was two touches, two touches, one touch.

“Rashi’s goal was one-touch football. It was nice. That’s what we are, we have the quality to do it and we have to do it from the beginning.

“There are so many chances, we admitted, it was difficult for us in the first half and we showed character in the second half and that is what we need to remember.

“Always. It must be inside. I mean, always. We can not afford to lose and be happy with a defeat or a draw.

“We have to be bad losers, that’s what we have to be, and we always want to win. Even 1-0 or 6-5 … We have to win. That’s what we want.”

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