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France boss Deschamps suggests Pogba ‘cannot be happy’ with Man Utd game time and positioning

Paul Pogba ‘cannot be happy’ with his playing time and positioning at Manchester United, according to France manager Didier Deschamps.

Pogba has endured a difficult start to the new season and has fallen out-of-favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the opening weeks of the campaign, starting just one of the club’s previous four Premier League fixtures.

The France international started on the bench once more during the weekend win at Everton and was handed just eight minutes as a substitute at Goodison Park, the likes of Scott McTominay and Fred having been preferred in the Red Devils’ midfield of late.

Pogba has now joined up with the France squad for their fixtures against Finland, Portugal and Sweden in the coming days and national team boss Deschamps believes the 27-year-old will be delighted to have reported for international duty, suggesting the Manchester United midfielder ‘cannot be happy’ with his current situation at Old Trafford.

“Paul, I know him well and he knows the group well. He is in a situation with his club where he cannot be happy, neither with his playing time, nor with his positioning,” Deschamps said during a press conference on Monday.

“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.

“The match he had to make last month was good and consistent despite a lack of pace. We cannot however say that he is fulfilled in what he does at his club.

“With me, there is no such concern, but I try to manage it too. 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. Even if it is also up to him to make all his efforts.”

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