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Paul Pogba targets more goals after quickfire double as Mourinho hails Manchester United players

By Robert Jones

Published 21/10/2016

Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) and Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (L) celebrate after Pogba scored their third goal during the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) and Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (L) celebrate after Pogba scored their third goal during the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) and Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (L) do a celebration dance after Pogba scored their third goal during the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) doing a celebration dance with Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (L) after scoring their third goal during the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (second left) dances with Jesse Lingard after scoring his side's third goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 20, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (L) hugs Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) after the final whistle in the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester United FC and Fenerbahce SK at Old Trafford on October 20, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Juan Mata of Manchester United wins a penalty as he is brought down by Simon Kjaer of Fenerbahce during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester United FC and Fenerbahce SK at Old Trafford on October 20, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Anthony Martial of Manchester United after scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester United FC and Fenerbahce SK at Old Trafford on October 20, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata (R) is fouled in the area by Fenerbahce's Danish defender Simon Kjaer (L) to concede Manchester United's first penalty leading their first goal during the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Fenerbahce's Simon Kjaer brings down Manchester United's Juan Mata inside the box, resulting in Manchester United's first penalty during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 20, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Fenerbahce's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel (L) challenges Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (R) during the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Robin van Persie of Fenerbahce is closed down by Chris Smalling of Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester United FC and Fenerbahce SK at Old Trafford on October 20, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) greets Fenerbahce manager Dick Advocaat before the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PA
Fenerbahce's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel warms up before the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Robin van Persie of Fenerbahce warms up prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester United FC and Fenerbahce SK at Old Trafford on October 20, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Robin van Persie of Fenerbahce warms up prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester United FC and Fenerbahce SK at Old Trafford on October 20, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
A view of the Sir Alex Ferguson Statue prior to kickoff during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester United FC and Fenerbahce SK at Old Trafford on October 20, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester United FC and Fenerbahce SK at Old Trafford on October 20, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho takes part in a press conference at their Carrington base in Manchester, northwest England, on October 19, 2016 ahead of their UEFA Europa League group A football match against Fenerbahce on October 20. AFP/Getty Images

Paul Pogba says Manchester United were determined to kill off Fenerbahce in style last night.

World record signing Pogba scored twice as United stormed to a 4-1 victory to move level on points with Feyenoord at the top of Europa League Group A.

"We wanted the win because it was really important and now we are top of the group and are looking forward to the next game," said the £89m midfielder.

Wayne Rooney was back in the side but Pogba wouldn't let the England striker slot home a penalty after Simon Kjaer clumsily bundled into Juan Mata.

"I told Wayne (Rooney) I wanted to take the penalty and he let me," he added.

"I am very happy to score that penalty and from a player like him to let me it is big respect so I am very glad.

"I feel comfortable with all of the team. It is just at the start of the season and there is still a long way to go and we want to go up and do our best and be top of the league."

After very little of note in the opening half an hour, Pogba and Anthony Martial netted penalties within three minutes of each other before the former scored a fine third in first-half injury time.

Jesse Lingard added a fourth just after half-time and the United fans were on their feet again for Fenerbahce's consolation goal, scored late on by their popular former striker Robin van Persie.

Boss Jose Mourinho knew his side needed to win all of their home games in the Europa League and he was very happy with "two clear penalties."

"It is three points and that is what we needed," said Mourinho.

"We knew after the first defeat it was important to get nine points at home and a few more away so it was a very important victory for us.

"It was good. They came with a good defensive plan and stopped us for the first period but then after the first two goals, both clear penalties, it opened the door for quality.

"With the fourth goal we stopped and they tried to have a reaction which they did.

"I am never happy to concede a goal.

"We lacked a bit of concentration but that is the nature of the players and lots of changes, it is acceptable."

The impressive United performance was watched by former England boss Sam Allardyce who sat beside Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

Mourinho also hailed the class of Pogba, who dazzled at the Theatre of Dreams.

"Two days ago he was the worst player in the Premier League and 48 hours later he's phenomenal," said Mourinho, referring to criticism aimed at Pogba after his performance in Monday's goalless draw with Liverpool.

"He needs time. I'm happy with his performance because he gave us what we need."

United are level with Feyenoord on six points, two clear of Fenerbahce at the halfway point in Group A with a trip to the Turkish side in a fortnight next.

Tougher tests will come - not least the visit to Chelsea in the league on Sunday - but Pogba appears to be in the mood again.

Belfast Telegraph

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