Man United star Paul Pogba defended by Didier Deschamps

France boss Didier Deschamps defends Man United midfielder Paul Pogba

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Didier Deschamps has leapt to the defence of Paul Pogba following the recent criticism of the Manchester United midfielder.

Pogba has constantly found himself under the spotlight at Old Trafford since his big-money move back to the club from Juventus back in the summer of 2016.

The midfielder was criticised for failing to produce consistent performances for Manchester United last season and there were rumours of disagreements with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.

However, Pogba was in fine form for France at this summer’s World Cup in Russia as he helped his country to claim the trophy.

Deschamps has been working closely with Pogba for a number of years, and the France boss has insisted that the midfielder is simply misunderstood.

Speaking in an interview quoted by BBC Sport, Deschamps said: “The rest of the world, and certainly in France, has an image of Pogba that doesn’t really reflect who he is.

“There’s this idea that he’s a bit individualistic – that’s not the case.

“I’ve spoken to him about his relationship with the media and I think he’s been unfairly criticised in the past. That’s why there has been this aggressive vibe and he’s had this strained relationship.

“But criticism is part of the job and I think you learn to take that on board as you get more experienced. That’s what’s happened with him and I think he’s gained some respect.

“He joined us ready to become a world champion and he took the whole squad with him.”

Pogba will be expecting to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils kick off their League Cup campaign with a third-round tie against Brentford at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

The Red Devils are currently eight points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool FC after they slumped to a 1-1 draw against Wolves in front of their home fans at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

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