EPL: Manchester United can catch Manchester City, says Paul Pogba

Updated: 17 January, 2018 10:01 IST | PA Sport | London

Playmaker Pogba insists team can close gap on rivals despite trailing by 12 points after Red Devils beat Stoke 3-0

Man United players celebrate a goal against Stoke during their EPL match on Monday. Pic/Getty Images
Man United players celebrate a goal against Stoke during their EPL match on Monday. Pic/Getty Images

Manchester United remain intent on chasing down Premier League leaders Manchester City, according to midfielder Paul Pogba. City suffered their first defeat in the league this season against Liverpool on Sunday and United's 3-0 victory over Stoke the following day cut the advantage to 12 points.

It may still be a sizeable margin, but Pogba is not ready to throw in the towel in the title race just yet. "Obviously we see Manchester City in front of us and they lost," he told Sky Sports. "They are first so we always want to catch them, so it was good that they lost, so for us we have to think about ourselves. It's good that they lose points but we have to go back to winning because we want to catch them again.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba

"We're not looking to the past. We're just looking to the future and the next games. We just want to catch City. We just have to focus on ourselves, keep winning and I think we will be okay." United eased to three points against struggling Stoke at Old Trafford, though boss Jose Mourinho was not totally satisfied afterwards. Antonio Valencia opened the scoring and Anthony Martial scored later in the first half.

After the interval, Romelu Lukaku added a third. "I didn't like the first half, I only like two amazing goals," Man United boss Jose Mourinho said. "But I think we were organised, but a bit slow. "We scored two amazing goals and that was the good thing of the first half. Second half, it was totally different."

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First Published: 17 January, 2018 08:56 IST

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