Manchester United star Paul Pogba appears to have aimed a dig at boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer as he admitted he was experiencing the most difficult spell of his career. Pogba is currently on international duty with France ahead of United’s return to Premier League action in Saturday’s home clash against West Brom.
The midfielder played in France’s 1-0 Nations League win over Portugal on Saturday, having been defended by national team boss Didier Deschamps following criticism of his performance in a 2-0 defeat to Finland last week.
Pogba has found starts for France easier to come by recently than he has at United, with the 27-year-old having made Solskjaer’s starting line-up only once in the last four matches.
Even when Solskjaer was under huge pressure following defeats to Istanbul Basaksehir and Arsenal, the manager still did not turn to Pogba, only bringing on the World Cup winner as a late sub during a 3-1 win at Everton.
Pogba has found himself overshadowed at United by the performances of Bruno Fernandes, who scored two and set up the other at Goodison Park. Fred and Scott McTominay have also been favoured ahead of the France international, who has been linked with interest from Real Madrid and his former club Juventus in recent years.
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And in a thinly-veiled dig at his United travails, Pogba described being with the French team as “a breath of fresh air”.
“I had never known such a difficult period in my career,” he told RTL.
“The France team is a breath of fresh air, the group is exceptional, it’s magic.”
While France beat the Nations League champions on Saturday, last week Pogba was criticised over his body language as his side suffered a shock defeat to Finland.
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He was accused of appearing lacklustre and lazy, but head coach Didier Deschamps jumped to his defence.
“He’s not in his best form of course, I knew that before,” said Les Bleus boss. “This match was to be useful for him to give him some rhythm.
“Like all the players who have a situation in a club that is not positive, beyond the athletic aspect, they are also impacted on the mental level.
“They have the knowledge of the high level, pride, also the pride of being able to respond.”
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