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Pogba: I won’t fight my team-mates for penalties or free-kicks, we all want the same result

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Paul Pogba has revealed that he would never fight his team-mates over free-kick duties, following Ashley Young’s superb effort against Watford on Tuesday night.

Despite the Frenchman winning the free-kick and initially wanting to take it, he instead gave the opportunity to Young, and the strike that followed was inch-perfect, giving United a two-goal lead.

After the game, Jose Mourinho revealed that he was surprised over Young taking the free-kick, but Pogba says he would never fight his fellow players over dead ball opportunities.

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“To be honest, I won the foul and he just came and took the ball straight away,” he told MUTV. “He didn’t even speak because he was so confident. He took it and scored.

“But I would never fight for a free-kick or a penalty, or whatever, because we all want the same result. We want to score and we want to win the game. So I was very happy.”

When asked about who would take free-kicks in the upcoming clash against Arsenal, Pogba added: “The one who is feeling it the most. Ash just scored the goal at Watford so if he feels it then fine, or I feel it then I will tell him. We will see what happens in the game.”

United go into the game at the Emirates on Saturday eight points behind league leaders Manchester City, and with the Manchester derby on the horizon, a win is essential.

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“These games that are coming up are very important for the rest of the season,” Pogba said. “This is Manchester United and Arsenal, we don’t know want to lose to one of the big teams in England and they will want to beat us at their home.

“But we need three points to get closer to Manchester City. That it is. Away wins help you to win the league so they are very important, and it is a very important game this weekend.”

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