Paul Pogba (27) has been in and out of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United team this autumn, but on the French national team he has been a regular piece and calls the national team a “fresh breath”.
– I have never had such a difficult period in my career, says Pogba in an interview with RTL, reproduced by among others
Pogba has only started one of the last four matches in the Premier League, and is nowhere near having the star status at Manchester United many expected him to get after being signed from Juventus in 2016 for 105 million euros, the time was the highest transfer fee for a player ever.
– He is in a situation with his club where he is not happy, neither with the playing time nor with the position he plays in, national team coach Didier Deschamps says at a press conference in connection with the national team gathering.
Pogba has delivered well on the French national team, and played with Adrien Rabot and N’Golo Kante in the middle when the French team beat Portugal 1-0 in Lisbon on Saturday night.
With that, they also secured the group victory in the Nations League, before the home game against Sweden on Tuesday.
Pogba goes to great lengths to pay tribute to the French squad, including Manchester United team-mate Anthony Martial.
– The French national team is like a breath of fresh air. We are really looking forward to coming to the gathering and are happy to see each other again. It is not the same as in a club, says Pogba, and calls it all “magical”.
Deschamps points to a number of injuries and Pogba’s corona infection as something that has made it difficult for him to find a good rhythm, but he is currently not worried.
– When a player is not comfortable in his club, he is obviously very happy to be able to play for the French national team, Deschamps says.