The French midfielder admitted he and the squad had the wrong mentality in the defeat against Brighton.
Manchester United, in Gameweek 2 of the Premier League, produced an abysmal display of football against hosts Brighton & Hove Albion. They were two goals behind before the half hour mark and the game ended 3-2 to the hosts, with Paul Pogba scoring a penalty in injury-time. Pogba was again named United captain, but failed to replicate his strong showing in the opening-day win over Leicester.
“We lost, we did not deserve to win,” Pogba told Sky Sports after the match. “The attitude we had was not like we wanted to beat them, they had more hunger than us.”
“I put myself first, my attitude wasn’t right enough, we keep trying and pushing, and it is going to be a big lesson for us.”
Romelu Lukaku headed one in the first half itself, but an ill-timed tackle from Eric Bailly allowed Brighton to end the first 45 with three goals. United could not respond until second-half injury-time when Pogba scored from the spot.
“I think we made the mistake we shouldn’t make,” added Pogba. “You go 1-0 down, it’s OK, then 2-0, then 2-1 and you have hope we can score again, but we concede a goal. It’s a hit for us. In the first half it was a hit. It was very disappointing, we tried to push.
“You cannot always approach the game the same way as the last one. You always try to play better than the last game, but we know, and I know we can always play very good, but the attitude has to be good and we missed that today.”
Asked about the reaction of manager Jose Mourinho at halftime and fulltime Pogba said, “The first half, I think you should ask him. I don’t want to talk for other people, I think you should ask him.”
Mourinho and Co will host Tottenham on 27th August in their third and last match in August. Tottenham are currently fourth in the table after beating Newcastle United and newly-promoted Fulham in theiropening two games.