Manchester United signed Paul Pogba last season for a hefty transfer fee, and since then, the midfielder has been attracting a lot of attention for everything he does on and off the field.
Given the high transfer fee, it is quite expected that the boss and the team management will want Pogba to deliver whenever he takes the pitch. Unfortunately, it has not happened so far, at least not regularly. In fact, a few days ago, Pogba had a on-field row with United manager Jose Mourinho. In the next match, the Frenchman was dropped to the bench, and it seems that he still has not found his rhythm.
The Red Devils got the better of their arch-rivals Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, but Pogba did not have any contribution to that win. In the next match, during Champions League outing against Spanish side Sevilla, the youngster only had an appearance off the bench, and he had to see his team get knocked out of the competition in the round of sixteen. Mourinho kept him out of the starting lineup in the FA Cup fixture against Brighton as well.
These recent incidents have sparked the debate whether Pogba is still having a problem at his new club, and it has further fueled the discussion that the former Juventus man might not be happy at his boyhood club.
France boss Didier Deschamps has addressed this problem the other day and commented on his star player, “This is a situation that he must not appreciate because of everything he would have been able to offer. There must be numerous reasons.
“He cannot be happy with what he is going through with his club.”
“It’s not specific to Paul. It can happen elsewhere that a player is a bit down or is going through a particular situation with his club. That could be Paul now, or others at other times, and I will do as I always do and talk to that player to understand better, because I don’t have all the information,” the France manager further added.
Paul Pogba is currently with the national team, and is expected to play a pivotal role in the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Russia. Deschamps sounded like a fan of the midfielder’s skills and he should be an automatic choice for the France national team in the 2018 World Cup.
However, before the extravaganza kicks off in Russia, the United player has to be in good form in club colours. Should the bad patch go on for longer, Pogba’s confidence might hit a low and that would in turn hurt France’s chances in the biggest football tournament of the earth. Didier Deschamps is right to worry about his player at the moment.
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