And he wants to make sure they do it twice – by winning the Europa League and finishing in the top four of the Premier League.
As United prepared for their Europa League quarter-final first leg against Anderlecht here, he said: “I came to United to do big challenges. It’s normal for United to play Champions League. We have everything to achieve it, we have the manager, the staff, the players.
“We have to go back to the Champions League. That’s the objective, that’s the big one. How would I like to d o it? to be honest, I’d like to do it by finishing in the top four and winning the Europa League.”
Paul Pogba wants to win the Europa League and finish in the top four
Jose Mourinho has warned David De Gea to ignore interest from Real Madrid
Pogba also believes that by helping United back into Europe’s elite club competition, it will help them attract big-name players, including his France team-mate Antoine Griezmann, Jose Mourinho’s top summer target.
“When I signed here I knew I would be playing Europa League,” said Pogba. “It wasn’t a problem because I knew the challenge was to get back to the Champions League and to do big things.
“To do big things, you need big players. And if it helps the club get new players then great. It will be good to have big players around us for the challenge ahead.”
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Mourinho, meanwhile, has warned goalkeeper David De Gea he cannot allow any renewed interest from Real Madrid to affect his performances.
He said: “I’m not interested in the speculation. I think if the player is, he shouldn’t be, because we are playing for very important things and every match for us is crucial.
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“In the Premier League if we lose a match and the top four gets almost impossible. If we lose in the Europe League we are in trouble. Every match demands from everyone of us total focus. I don’t see any problem related to this.
Mourinho insists De Gea needs to focus on United for the remainder of the season
“At the end of the season is a time when players can be thinking about what is going to happen with their careers. But that is the end of the season.”
Wayne Rooney was left behind when United flew out to Belgium with Mourinho saying the United captain is still not fully fit after his ankle problem.
“He is not happy with his condition,” he added. “He is trying to work with the team which he does. But he’s not confident. He’s not happy. He had bad feeling with his ankle. We have to see for the weekend or the next week. We need everyone to try to be available. But for tomorrow no.”