France coach Didier Deschamps has tried to ease the expectation on Manchester United’s world-record signing Paul Pogba.
Deschamps has no concerns about the form of Pogba, who has scored once in six Premier League games since his £89million move from Juventus in the summer.
France are preparing for back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Holland and at training at Clairefontaine on Monday, Deschamps stressed the need to give Pogba time.
“He has changed his club team and needs to find his bearing with his new team-mates,” Deschamps told a news conference.
“With Paul, we always expect more. When he does something neutral, often it is not enough.
“He is someone we expect to make assists in every game – there is an expectation that is too large.
“Paul is okay in his own head. He knows what he wants.”
The 23-year-old has made a slow start to life at Old Trafford, but he scored in the recent 4-1 win over Leicester and he is starting to find his rhythm in Jose Mourinho’s side.
Pogba missed a couple of chances in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Stoke, but he is starting to look at home as one of the holding midfielders in Mourinho’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
Pogba’s older brother, Florentin, on Monday claimed United fans will eventually see the best from their summer signing when United “find a game plan”.
“Paul is the image of the Manchester United team at the moment,” Florentin told Telefoot. “They’ve a new coach, new players. They need to find a game plan.”