Saturday 10 December 2016

France coach Didier Deschamps gives his verdict on Paul Pogba's start at Manchester United

Published 04/10/2016 | 11:35

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba

France coach Didier Deschamps has leapt to the defence of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, after the midfielder received mixed reviews following his world record breaking move to Old Trafford.

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Pogba moved back to United for £89m four years after he left Manchester to sign for Juventus, with the fanfare following his signing piling the pressure on the 23-year-old to make his mark in the Premier League.

A sparkling performance in United’s 4-1 win against Leicester last month has been mixed with indifferent displays, with Pogba guilty of missing some clear cut chances as his team could only draw with Stoke on Sunday.

Pogba has now joined up with the France team ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria on Friday, with Deschamps urging Pogba’s critics to give his star turn time to find his feet in the Premier League.

“He is someone we expect to make assists in every game. There is an expectation that is too large,” said Deschamps.

“With Paul, we always expect more. When he does something neutral, often it is not enough.

“He has changed his club team and needs to find his bearing with his new team-mates. Paul is okay in his own head. He knows what he wants.”

France are set to face a crucial few days in their World Cup qualifying push, with Friday’s home match with Bulgaria backed up by a vital clash against Holland on Monday.

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