Paul Pogba has admitted that he has found it hard to maintain his focus following his triumphant World Cup campaign this summer.
The Manchester United midfielder has rarely been far from the headlines ever since making a world record £89 million return to Old Trafford in 2016.
Despite having been involved in more goals for his club than any of his teammates since his move from Juventus (13 goals and 16 assists), he is often criticised for his lack of consistency, putting in a world-class performance one week, only to go missing for two or three subsequent matches.
He did manage to deliver some element of consistency to his game at this summer’s World Cup, where he displayed a level of maturity and leadership that had not been previously seen for such sustained periods at club level.
However, since his return to Manchester United, he has once again been making the headlines for a multitude of reasons, and he has now revealed that has been struggling to maintain his focus following France’s World Cup win.
“It’s hard to concentrate, to start again, to hit hard, because we touched the stars,” Pogba told reporters while on international duty.
“For us, it was the best trophy you can win as a footballer.”
France needed to stage a late Kylian Mbappe inspired comeback last night to avoid an embarrassing home defeat to Iceland, with the game finishing 2-2 in Guingamp.