Paul Pogba is prepared to prioritise trophies over eye-catching football at Manchester United , with the Frenchman determined to taste Premier League and Champions League glory.
The Red Devils have once again faced accusations of being overly cautious in 2017-18 , with Jose Mourinho’s methods considered to stand in stark contrast to those deployed elsewhere.
While the Portuguese has built his reputation on being difficult to break down and collecting wins by any means possible, the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have flourished while favouring a more attacking approach at Liverpool and Manchester City.
Pogba, though, refuses to buy into the belief that success must be secured in style, with the all-action midfielder happy to grind out results if that ultimately leads to him getting his hands on the grandest of prizes.
He told BBC Sport : “It would be nice to win the Champions League and the Premier League. Very nice.
“For a team, you want to win titles, you play to win. You can play the best football and it's true, we want to play and enjoy football but if you don't win a title - it's good for the eyes, it's good for the eyes - but you don't win anything.”
Pogba can collect more silverware with United on Saturday when the Red Devils face Chelsea in the FA Cup final .
He will also be chasing down international success with France this summer, with Les Bleus among the favourites to go all the way at World Cup 2018 .
“I'm confident with the French squad, with the players that we have. I'm sure we can do something in this World Cup but I don't want to be over-confident,” said Pogba.
“We have a nice team but the World Cup is in your head too, it's not just technique. It's team spirit, it's more mental than technique. We have to be careful with this.
“I'm confident in myself. I want the ball, I want to play, I want to win.”
That confidence in his own ability has allowed Pogba to continue turning a deaf ear to those quick to write him off , with his form having been questioned throughout the 2017-18 campaign.
On ignoring the haters, the flamboyant 25-year-old said: “My philosophy? What's the worst that could happen? If you have the chance, do it. Never regret your choice. Do it 100 per cent.
“I have the chance to make my love, my job. What more can you ask?
“You can't be the same with everybody, you can't trust everybody. You can have things with agents, with friends who say: 'You've changed', but the most important thing is to think about the people you make happy and who look up to you.
“We say this in France: 'If people don't change, they're stupid'. Do something else. Don't eat the same food all the time. We love pasta but if you eat pasta for a year you become crazy.
“I changed to become more mature. I changed when I moved to England. You have to help yourself and believe in yourself. You have to train, work hard and become a professional player for the first team.”