‘He cannot be happy, neither with his playing time, nor with his positioning’: France manager Didier Deschamps critical of Man United’s handling of Paul Pogba after midfielder talked up Real Madrid move
- Paul Pogba has started Manchester United’s last two games on the bench
- United have opted to select Scott McTominay, Fred and Bruno Fernandes instead
- The midfielder has continued to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford
France manager Didier Deschamps believes there is no way Paul Pogba can be happy with his current situation at Manchester United.
The French midfielder has started United’s last two matches – against Istanbul Basaksehir and Everton – on the substitutes’ bench with Solskjaer preferring Scott McTominay and Fred behind Bruno Fernandes.
Pogba, who still has three years remaining on his current deal, has been strongly linked with a move away from United and even encouraged talk of a move to Real Madrid during the last international break.
France manager Didier Deschamps speaks during a press conference on Monday
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has started Paul Pogba on the bench for Man United’s last two games
Asked about Pogba during a press conference on Monday, Deschamps said: ‘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.
‘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.’
Deschamps cannot see how Pogba can be happy with his current situation at Old Trafford
Phil Neville has also branded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to leave Pogba out of the United starting line-up ‘disgraceful’.
The 43-year-old, who currently coaches the England women’s national team, told Premier League Productions: ‘I still think it’s absolutely disgraceful that Pogba can’t get in that team.
‘For United to win a league, for United to be successful, for United to play the style of football that Ole wants them to play then Pogba has to play.
Phil Neville says it is disgraceful that Pogba has dropped out of United’s starting XI
‘You can play one of them (Nemanja] Matic, Fred or McTominay and then you play Pogba with Fernandes.’
When asked if Pogba can be trusted in that deep role, Neville replied: ‘Probably not no but I’d rather go out there and score goals, go out there and go for the win playing the Manchester United way with Pogba in the team.
‘I know I’ve said about him wanting to leave, not wanting to be there and his inconsistencies but I still think he’s one of the best midfielders around. That’s why I’m thinking: Why is Paul Pogba not in that team?’