Paul Pogba did not post in the immediate aftermath of Manchester United’s Europa League defeat to Villarreal.

Some of his teammates posted messages of support for David De Gea or of defiance related to coming back stronger next season.

Pogba has now broken his silence, explaining that he needed to take some time after the defeat to process it.

He thanked the fans for their support and said that the team is looking forward to pushing on next season.

Pogba had been playing in a wide left role in recent weeks but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shuffled the pack against Villarreal.

The Frenchman was slotted in alongside Scott McTominay at the base of midfield, with Fred dropping out.

 

That was presumably to give United creativity from deep against a side Solskjaer knew would sit back.

But Pogba was unable to exert a constant influence on the game and Bruno Fernandes also suffered as a result.

Villarreal CF v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final
(Tullio Puglia – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

There is perhaps uncertainty over whether Pogba will still be at United next season to continue that push for trophies.

His contract has just two years left to run, which means United are running out of transfer windows in which to recoup some funds if they are unable to agree a new deal.

Pogba made just one key pass across 120 minutes in Gdansk and had no shots on target.

He did make five interceptions – more than any other United player – but that’s not really what he’s in the team for and it’s fair to say he wasn’t at his best on the night.

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