Manchester United outcast Paul Pogba “can’t be pleased” right now about his playing time and place on the side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, France manager Didier Deschamps says.
Since last month’s 6-1 loss at home to Tottenham, Pogba has fallen out of favor at Old Trafford, starting only two of the seven fixtures that have followed.
And in recent outings against Arsenal and Everton, when taken off the bench, the midfielder was asked to play on the left-hand side. In the center of the park, Solskjaer seems set on deploying Scott McTominay, Fred, and Bruno Fernandes, ensuring there is no space for Pogba along with recruits Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic.
Last month, with the previous agreement due to expire next summer, United prompted a one-year extension of his deal, but his lack of first-team action once again plunged the club’s future into question.
And Deschamps claims that, regardless of his current Red Devils woes, the £89 million stars would be happy to have joined up with France this week.
“I know Paul well, and the squad knows him well. He finds himself in a situation he can’t be pleased about with his club, either in terms of his playing time or in terms of his place,’ he told France Football.
“He’s not at his best, he’s had a series of injuries and he has been adversely affected by Covid-19 as well. He wants his rhythm to be rediscovered.”
“Despite his lack of rhythm, he did well in the matches that he was active in last month and performed consistently. Nonetheless, we can’t say he’s thriving at the level of a club. With me, there is no problem, but I also work hard to handle him. When a player is dissatisfied at the club level, of course, he is happy to play for France. He’s going to tell me about how he feels, and because I know him so well, things are going to go in a good direction. He also must bring in a huge effort.”