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POGBA'S DELIGHT AFTER DELAYING MAN CITY

Paul Pogba declared it felt better to stop Manchester City winning the Premier League title on derby day than it did to put his name on the scoresheet twice in Saturday's scintillating 3-2 win for Manchester United.

The Frenchman was the runaway winner of the club's Man of the Match poll on Twitter, gleaning 79 per cent of the votes ahead of fellow nominees Alexis Sanchez (15 per cent) and Ander Herrera (6 per cent), who between them provided the assists for Pogba and the scorer of the decisive third goal, Chris Smalling.

"It obviously feels great to score two goals but it's an even better feeling to win against Manchester City and not let them win today against us in their own stadium," Pogba beamed on MUTV.

"I feel very happy but there is one side of me that is disappointed too because, with a performance like we had in the second half, if we had done this all season, I think we would be fighting for the title with City or we'd be just in front of them.

"This is football. It happens. And we have to carry on like this, we're learning. I'm very happy today."

Pogba noticeably celebrated wildly at the final whistle, making it clear the victory meant as much to him as it did to the club's passionate supporters inside the Etihad Stadium.

"They came here to support us at Man City's stadium and they didn't want us to lose this game," he said. "We didn't want to lose this game and we did it for them, for ourselves and all Manchester United fans."

The Frenchman finished his MUTV interview by turning his thoughts to the targets for the rest of this season - "we have to think about the second place, and the FA Cup, that is coming" - and the aim of improving for the next campaign.

"Exactly, always. That is why we play, to come back better than the season before and not make the mistakes that we have done."

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