December 3, 2020

France boss Didier Deschamps questions Paul Pogbas role at Manchester United – Manchester Evening News

France national team manager Didier Deschamps has suggested that Paul Pogba is not happy at Manchester United.

Pogba has endured a difficult start to the season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, flitting in and out of the team after the beginning of his campaign was blighted by a bout of coronavirus.

The United midfielder has been left on the bench recently by Solskjaer, with Fred, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes the first-choice United midfield as things stand.

Pogba will now link up with the French squad for upcoming games against Finland, Portugal and Sweden, the latter two in the UEFA Nations League. Deschamps, the coach under whom Pogba helped France win the 2018 World Cup, was asked in a press conference about the 27-year-old’s club situation.

He said: “Paul, I know him well and he knows the group well. He is in a situation with his club where he cannot be happy, neither with his playing time, nor with his positioning.

“He is not in his best period, he has had a series of injuries and the Covid-19 which has hit him quite hard. He needs to find his rhythm.

“The match he had to make last month was good and consistent despite a lack of pace. We cannot however say that he is fulfilled in what he does at his club.

United entered the international break by winning what was arguably their most important match of the season at Everton on Saturday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was under pressure following dire performances in the defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir, and in the lower half of the Premier League table.

But, as has happened so often, the Reds responded by coming from behind to beat the Toffees thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ double and Edinson Cavani’s first goal for United.

United have a two-week break with many of their stars heading off on international duty – we’ll be keeping tabs on how they all perform, and on preparations for their next Premier League match against West Brom.

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“With me, there is no such concern, but I try to manage it too. When a player is in discomfort in his club, obviously, he is happy to play for the France team. He will tell me about his feelings and as I know him very well, it will go in a positive direction. Even if it is also up to him to make all his efforts.”

Deschamps’ comments come after Pogba, during the previous international break, reiterated a desire to join Real Madrid. The player and his agent Mino Raiola have both suggested a move to the Spanish giants could be on the cards in the future. And although United have triggered the extra year in Pogba’s contract to keep him at the club until June 2022, a transfer in the 2021 summer window looks likely.

“Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid,” he said. “Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me, why not one day?”