Paul Pogba has opened up on his prolonged injury lay-off and his belief that Manchester United are on the verge of something special again.
Pogba has endured an injury-ravaged campaign, an ankle injury which required surgery restricting him to just eight games prior to lockdown.
But United’s record £89million signing has impressed on his return to the team and worked well in tandem alongside talisman Bruno Fernandes.
And Pogba, 27, who could sign a new deal with his current United contract up next summer, with an option for an extra year, revealed how much he missed playing.
“Just being back training, touching the ball and doing what I love is amazing,” said Pogba. “ I missed it so much.
“You realise when you’re out for a long time how much you really enjoy playing football and how much you love it.
“So obviously I’m really, really happy and so blessed to be back and be fully fit now, and I’m enjoying being back with the team.
“I feel great, I feel much, much better now. I’ve been training well and the club have been looking after me very well.
“I’ve been doing some extra work and treatment on my ankle and the rest of my body. My team-mates as well, they’ve helped me to come back and feel confident.
“It’s like I never left, the guys still trust in me and always believe in me and that’s helped me a lot as well.”
United are currently on a 16-game unbeaten run in all competitions and back in the mix for a top-four place, as well as FA Cup and Europa League glory.
Pogba, speaking to United Review, said: “You can tell that the team is improving a lot.
“We play more as a team than we did before, we enjoy it even more, we defend together, we attack together, and this team is stronger as well.
“The players who are on the bench or who don’t play every time, when they come on they help the team so the mentality is good and is right.
“All this together has put us where we are today.”
Reflecting on his role, behind the quartet of Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, Pogba said: “From behind I just enjoy it.
“I’m enjoying just watching Bruno, Rashford, Martial and Mason, who all played the last game, and seeing them score goals.
“You just keep applauding, it’s beautiful – they make me enjoy football every time.
“To become a top, top team we just need to forget about the last game. We do it, we play well, we do great but then we forget about it and we think about the next one.
“Take last week, we don’t think about what happened, we are focused on going again. We have to always keep having the goal to improve ourselves and never get satisfied with what we did.
“That’s also the mentality of this club, it’s always been like that. We’re never satisfied with one trophy or one game we win or two games or 10 games, you want more, you always want more. That’s what makes Manchester United the biggest club, for me, in England.”