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POGBA WOES 'He cannot be happy' - France boss gives his view on Pogba as Neville questions his Man United exile


Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: Reuters

Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: Reuters

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Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: Reuters

France head coach Didier Deschamps has hinted he is ready to hand Paul Pogba a place in his team for upcoming international matches despite his fall from grace at Manchester United.

Pogba has fallen out of favour at United under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has left the club's record signing on the bench for several big matches in recent weeks.

His poor performance in the 6-1 home defeat against Tottenham last month appeared to shake Solskjaer's faith in Pogba, with Deschamps giving his view on Pogba's ahead of his side's game on Wednesday.

"He is in a situation with his club where he cannot be happy, neither with his playing time, nor with his positioning," said Deschamps.

"He is not in his best period, he has had a series of injuries and the Covid-19 which has hit him quite hard. He needs to find his rhythm.

"With me, there is no such concern. When a player is in discomfort in his club, obviously, he is happy to play for the France team.

"He will tell me about his feelings and, as I know him very well, it will go in a positive direction."

Meanwhile, former United defender Phil Neville has suggested Pogba should be in the United side, as he insisted the midfielder could offer a touch of class that has been missing this season.

"I still think it's absolutely disgraceful that Pogba can’t get in that team," Neville told Premier League Productions.

"For United to win a league, for United to be successful, for United to play the style of football that Ole wants them to play then Pogba has to play.

"You can play one of them (Nemanja) Matic, Fred or (Scott) McTominay and then you play Pogba with Bruno Fernandes.

"I'd rather go out there and score goals, go out there and go for the win playing the Manchester United way with Pogba in the team.

"I know I've said about him wanting to leave, not wanting to be there and his inconsistencies but I still think he’s one of the best midfielders around. That's why I'm thinking: Why is Paul Pogba not in that team?"

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