Alan Shearer explains difference between Paul Pogba with France and Man United

The Newcastle legend explains why Paul Pogba has struggled at Manchester United, while the midfielder has impressed in Russia

Manchester United star Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Alan Shearer believes Paul Pogba is scared to make mistakes in the Manchester United team.

The Red Devils star has been a key player in France’s run to the World Cup final under Didier Deschamps in Russia this summer.

Pogba was influential in France’s slender 1-0 win against Belgium in the semi-finals to help les Bleus reach their first World Cup final since 2006.

The 25-year-old has been playing alongside N’Golo Kante as part of a midfield pair in the France team despite his struggles alongside Nemanja Matic last term.

However, France boss Deschamps started with Blaise Matuidi on the left wing for the last-four clash to give some cover.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was critical of Pogba’s lack of consistency in the middle of the park last season to fuel talk of the club record signing quitting Old Trafford.

The Red Devils star has struggled to replicate his Juventus form in a Manchester United since his £89m move back to Old Trafford in 2016.

Former Newcastle striker Shearer explained the difference between Pogba with the France national team and Manchester United.

“I think he plays with a freedom in this France team where if he makes a mistake it’s accepted,” Shearer told BBC Sport. “But if he does that in a Man United shirt he looks as if he is scared.”

Pogba has won the Europa League and the League Cup since his return to Manchester United two seasons ago.

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