France coach Deschamps says Pogba will be unhappy on two counts

November 9, 2020

France coach Didier Deschamps says Paul Pogba cannot be happy with his situation at Manchester United.

Pogba has only made the bench in United’s last two outings – the defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir and Saturday’s win at Everton.

In fact Pogba appeared for just eight minutes at Goodison Park, while he played half an hour in Turkey.

The 27-year-old has made just four Premier League starts for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season. Deschamps says Pogba is unfulfilled at United.

While former France international Frank Leboeuf recently claimed Pogba’s best position was on the bench.

Pogba has left Old Trafford for international duty with France, with games against Finland, Portugal and Sweden lined up.

Wednesday’s clash with Finland is a friendly, but whether Pogba will feature remains to seen with two Home Nations games to follow.

Speaking at France’s base on Monday, Deschamps is quoted by France Football as saying: “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.

“Pogba 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.

“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.”

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Speaking during the last international break, Pogba decided to answer questions about a potential move to Real Madrid.

Pogba seemingly opened the door to a move to Madrid in the future.

He told a press conference (via Sport Witness): “I’m at Manchester. A lot has been said, but I haven’t.

“I heard a lot of noise like I was going to leave and that I should go to this or that club. Today, I’m still in Manchester, and I’m fighting to bring the club back to the highest level.”

Pogba’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season, but United have exercised the option to extend it by a further year.

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