The French International has admitted Manchester United are not at same level with Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s super clash at Anfield.
In a wide-ranging interview with Sky Sports’ Patrick Davison, Paul Pogba talks Man Utd’s resurgence, their rivalry with Liverpool, his own form and much more.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sit top of the table, three points ahead of their old rivals current going into the encounter, which is live on Sky Sports (kick-off 4.30pm), having won nine out of the last 11 games.
Although Pogba says his side can win their first Premier League trophy since 2013, the France midfielder believes their title credentials will be severely tested on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Pogba said: “We have improved a lot, we keep improving but we still have a very young team.
“Obviously we cannot say now we are at the same level as them because they won the Premier League and keep winning so the day we win – that is when we say we are at the same level.
“If you want to be the best you have to beat the best. We want to beat the Premier League winners.
“We know how good they have been playing over the last few years – we know their quality and how they play. It’s always been a tough game. We know how difficult it will be and we just have to focus and try to stay at the top.
“I think we can win it if we keep our focus but there’s a lot of teams that can win it – we are not there yet, we are still very far.”
United are top of the Premier League at the 17-game mark for the first time since their 2012/13 title-winning season under Sir Alex Ferguson, and Pogba is relishing the challenge of trying to stay there.
“That’s why I came here,” he added. “That’s why I came back here. It was to go and win.
“Obviously when you come you want to win straight away. But things happen. You try to build, and sometimes things happen you didn’t expect, but it’s for a good reason. Maybe this year we can win it, who knows? It made us improve, know about ourselves, get more experience, so everything happened for a reason.
“In my head you always want to win the first year, second year, the third year, but it’s not as easy as it seems.
“You have teams that have been great as well, our neighbours have been great, everyone is building teams, buying top players, so obviously this league is the best league in the world, and you know it’s not going to be easy.”
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