France national team manager Didier Deschamps has hit back at those criticising Paul Pogba this season.
The Manchester United midfielder has come under a bit of fire for his performances recently, as doubts have begun to emerge regarding his suitability to Jose Mourinho’s current tactical setup.
Deschamps, however, sees Pogba’s season very differently. Speaking to SFR Sport, Les Bleus boss says that, injury and illness aside, Pogba has had a fine year at Old Trafford – and can play in either a two-man or three-man midfield:
“I have been watching what he is doing – he is not in difficulty. He had a little injury and he was ill. For now, he is having a very, very good season with Manchester United.”
“Paul Pogba he can play any position in the middle of the field, two or three, without worry, slice the coach.I saw it very good in 4-3-3, I saw it very very good It’s not the same register, when you’re three, you have a lot more freedom, you like it, you look forward, but when you’re three you may be touching.
“He is capable, he has the register, he is in the creativity, but he is able to recover the ball, to play simple too, it is true that when we are two in front of the ball. defense, he has a little less freedom.The counterpart is that he touches the ball more and he likes to touch the ball. “
Deschamps has worked closely with Pogba as part of the French national team setup – indeed it was the former Monaco boss who gave the then-Juventus midfielder his first taste of international football in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia in 2013.
The pair will be working together at this year’s World Cup in Russia and Deschamps will be fully awae that having a fully-fit and in-form Pogba will be key to France’s hopes of ending their two decade-long hunt for a World Cup title.
In the more immediate future, Pogba is likely to start in Man United’s Champions League last sixteen first leg clash with Sevilla on Wednesday night.
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