Paul Pogba has started just one of the last four Manchester United games as the France international seems to have fallen down the pecking order for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Solskjaer has preferred Fred and McTominay in the midfield with Bruno Fernandes playing in a more advanced role, leaving Pogba on the bench. The fact Solskjaer benched Pogba when Manchester United needed a result against Everton summed up the situation for Pogba.
Pogba, who is on international duty with France said meeting his international teammates has been a fresh breath of air. Speaking to RTL the midfielder said “I had never known such a difficult period in my career. The France team is a breath of fresh air, the group is exceptional, it’s magic.” However, the world champions lost their game against Finland and Pogba was criticised for his performance.
Didier Deschamps defended the midfielder and said “He’s not in his best form of course, I knew that before,” said Les Bleus boss. “This match was to be useful for him to give him some rhythm. Like all the players who have a situation in a club that is not positive, beyond the athletic aspect, they are also impacted on the mental level.“