The head coach of France, Didier Deschamps said the country’s midfielder and Manchester United star, Paul Pogba, is not on top of his game because he is not playing regularly at the Premier League club.
The midfielder started suffering lesser game time at Manchester United since last season when he battled a couple of injury challenges. He carried the challenges into the 2020-2021 season but started picking up a couple of games in 2021.
Due to his inconsistency at the club, Paul Pogba has managed to make 19 premier League appearances in which he scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist. This means that the France international has missed 10 Premier League games this season.
Despite his inconsistency at Manchester United, he was invited to France national team where he started from the bench in the FIFA World Cup qualification match against Ukraine on March 24, 2021. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
The World Cup winner is expected to play against Kazakhstan later today, March 28, 2021, at 14:00. And the coach of the national team, Didier Deschamps praised the 28-year-old French midfielder for changing the game when he was introduced in the game against Ukraine.
“He is not on top of his game, that’s for sure,” Deschamps said. “When he came off the bench against Ukraine, we were not having our best moment. But obviously, those 30 minutes were good for him.
“Like every player that comes back from injury, he needs time. He was in this situation in November, he came with not a lot of minutes and played one hour against Finland which was not that good, but it didn’t stop him from having a great game against Portugal after that.
“He is capable of playing from the start but also coming in during the game. But he needs to play minutes to get fit again.”
Paul Pogba made his debut in France national team on March 22, 2013. Since then, he has made 75 appearances including the 2018 FIFA World Cup which the country won. He has scored 10 goals for France.
Due to his inconsistency at Manchester United, he has been linked with a return to Juventus which he left on August 3, 2012, for Manchester United for a transfer fee worth €105million. His contract with United will expire on June 30, 2022.