PAUL POGBA has rated his Manchester United season “the most difficult period in my career”.
Paul Pogba rates this season his toughest ever as he struggles for a regular place with Man UtdCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
Paul Pogba helped France win 1-0 in Portugal despite his struggles for Man Utd this season Credit: EPA
So it is no surprise the 27-year-old enjoys his time away with Les Bleus.
He told RTL France: “I had never known such a difficult period in my career.
“The France team is a breath of fresh air, the group is exceptional, it’s magic.”
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And matchwinner N’Golo Kante stressed how happy he is playing alongside the former Juventus superstar.
“We remember the World Cup that we played together. It’s a pleasure to play with Paul.
“On the pitch, we felt great. I’m satisfied with the performance and the performance of the team. We were at the level we needed to be at.
“There’s a lot expected of us. We’re the world champion and the European Championship will be another challenge, but it’s certain that we’re a great team.”
Frenchman Paul Pogba has been in and out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sideCredit: Reuters
Nonetheless, France boss Didier Deschamps admitted last week Pogba has been having an uncomfortable time on the field back in England.
Following last Wednesday’s shock 2-0 home to Finland in a friendly, Deschamps said: “He’s not in his best form, of course.
“It’s hard to remember to be positive. Obviously, he’s not in one of his better periods.
“Like all players who have a club situation that is not positive, they are also impacted mentally. I know him well enough and it can happen at some points.
“We cannot, however, say that he is fulfilled in what he does at his club.”
Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata have also been chosen ahead of £89million Pogba on occasions for United this term.
But with Solskjaer’s men just 14th in the Premier League, former Old Trafford and England defender Phil Neville says “it is absolutely disgraceful that Pogba can’t get in that team”.
England women’s chief Neville added: “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.”
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