France coach blames Manchester United for Pogba’s struggles

France boss, Didier Deschamps, has again suggested that Olé Gunnar Solskjaer’s treatment of Paul Pogba is the reason the midfielder is struggling this season.

The 27 year old has barely played for United this season, starting just 5 out of a possible 11 games, with the boss preferring Scott McTominay and Fred instead.

Pogba was a part of France’s team that lost to Finland in a recent international friendly, and after the match, Deschamps spoke about his situation at United.

He said, “He’s not in his best form, of course. I knew that before the game.

“This match was meant to give him some rhythm. He knew that he would only play for an hour.

“It’s hard to remember to be positive. Obviously, he’s not in one of his better periods.

“Like all players who have a club situation that is not positive, they are also impacted mentally. I know him well enough and it can happen at some points.”

France will be playing Portugal in the UEFA Nations League later on Saturday, and Deschamps has refused to confirm if the midfielder will selected to start.

“Periods like this can happen,” he added. “He has the knowledge of the highest level, the pride and the spirit to be able to answer his critics.

“After that, I have decisions to make on all the elements compared to the other players.”