Paul Pogba’s lack of game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United has drawn a response from Didier Deschamps.
The midfielder has struggled for regular game-time over the past 18 months. His lack of minutes stems from a host of causes, including injury and poor form.
Indeed, the 27-year-old was out of action for most of last season with two separate foot injuries. This term, meanwhile, he has suffered from a growing talent pool in United‘s midfield.
While he has appeared in all of the Red Devils’ seven Premier League games, he has only completed 90 minutes twice.
Last week, Deschamps, spoke of the ‘mental impact’ of losing his place in the United side was having on the midfielder.
Such faith in the player from Deschamps has seen Pogba playe three times for les Bleus over the past week.
Indeed, the France boss could not resist taking a pop at Solskjaer over Pogba’s situation after the 4-2 win over Sweden.
Deschamps suggested, in a condescending jibe, that Solskjaer doesn’t know how to get the best of the midfielder.
“Just see what he was able to do in Portugal and what he did tonight,” Deschamps said after Tuesday’s game.
“I know him, I know how he works. He has pride and above all he has talent. When you have to defend, he can defend. When he has the opportunity to express himself, he is able to do so.
“Paul is a top-level player and I hope what he did with us will be useful to him when he gets back to his club.”
Deschamps on Pogba struggles
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Deschamps offered his perspective on the player’s situation. Indeed, he said that as well as the lack of form, Pogba’s struggles are also affecting him mentally.
“He knew he’d only have 60 minutes. It’s hard to take positives. Obviously Paul isn’t in the best period.
“Like all players who don’t have a positive situation in their club, they’re impacted mentally as well. I know him well enough. It can happen at some point, to anyone.
“They know the high level, the pride of being able to turn up. I then have decisions to make when taking into account the other players too. He knows that.”