DIDIER DESCHAMPS claims Paul Pogba is not happy at Manchester United.
The French World Cup winner, 27, has been benched for the last two Red Devils games after conceding a penalty in the 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal.
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Didier Deschamps has claimed that Paul Pogba cannot be happy with his situation at Manchester UnitedCredit: EPA
The France boss hopes that playing for his country will revitalise the midfielder’s formCredit: EPA
Pogba, who has three years left on his contract, stated last month he dreams of playing for Real Madrid one day.
France boss Deschamps 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’s not in his best period, he has had a series of injuries and Covid, which has hit him quite hard.
“He needs to find his rhythm. We cannot, however, say that he is fulfilled in what he does at his club.”
Pogba did not start United’s games with Istanbul Basaksehir and Everton with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer preferring Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Donny van de Beek, Fred, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes.
But Deschamps, whose France side face Finland in a friendly on Wednesday before Nations League games against Portugal and Sweden, hopes a change of scene will help the midfield ace rediscover his form.
Deschamps added: “With me, there is no such concern but I try to manage it. When a player is in discomfort in his club, obviously, he is happy to play for France.
He is in a situation with his club where he cannot be happy, neither with his playing time, nor with his positioning
France boss Didier Deschamps on Paul Pogba
“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.”
Meanwhile, Phil Neville has branded Old Trafford boss Solskjaer’s decision to leave Pogba out as ‘disgraceful’.
The England women’s chief said: “I think it’s absolutely disgraceful that Pogba can’t get in that team.
“For United to win a league, for United to be successful, for United to play the style of football that Ole wants them to play, then Pogba has to play.
“You play one of them Matic, Fred or McTominay and then you play Pogba with Fernandes.”
When asked if Pogba can be trusted in that deep role, Neville admitted: “Probably not no.
“But I’d rather go out there and score goals, go out there and go for the win playing the Manchester United way with Pogba in the team.
“I know I’ve said about him wanting to leave, not wanting to be there and his inconsistencies but I still think he’s one of the best midfielders around.”
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