Didier Deschamps is hoping the international break can prove ‘useful’ to Paul Pogba upon the midfielder’s Manchester United return following a difficult start to the season.
Pogba has endured a frustrating start to the campaign for Manchester United and has fallen out-of-favour during the opening months of the Premier League campaign, starting just four league fixtures and struggled for consistent performances.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has largely favoured a more conservative midfield line-up in recent weeks with Scott McTominay and Fred providing a defensive screen behind Bruno Fernandes, though Pogba remains a regular for France and has earned praise from manager Deschamps for his performances during the break.
Paul Pogba vs Sweden:
64 passes completed (88%)
7 long passes completed
5 duels won
3 times fouled
It was nothing special but he did the simple things right and it turned into an effective performance overall. pic.twitter.com/SruBbgGXoX
— UtdArena (@utdarena) November 17, 2020
Pogba admitted earlier this week that being away with the national side is ‘a breath of fresh air’, and Deschamps is hopeful the break can kick-start his season, admitting the 27-year-old is a ‘top-level player’ who can thrive when given freedom to express himself.
“Just see what he was able to do in Portugal and what he did tonight,” the France boss said at his post-match press conference following the 4-2 win over Sweden.
“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.”