Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Paul Pogba feels’ stronger ‘after playing for France and believes a’ fit and happy ‘midfielder will be’ vital ‘for Manchester United despite a’ difficult season ” so far
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Paul Pogba after playing for France
- He believes the midfielder has found ‘pace and fitness’ during the international break
- Solskjaer is plunged into the war of words with Didier Deschamps about Pogba
- Pogba admitted this week that playing for his country was ‘a breath of fresh air’
- He also described this season as the most difficult of his career so far
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Paul Pogba was re-energized playing for France and supported the Manchester United midfielder to regain his best form at club level.
Pogba is a regular in France, but has only started one of United’s last four league games with Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Fred currently Solskjaer’s favorite midfield options.
But after getting three starts under his belt in six days, Solskjaer is optimistic that a difficult season so far is now behind his star man.
Paul Pogba has started three games in six days for France during the international break
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted it has been a ‘difficult season’ so far for the Frenchman
“Paul had a tough season last season,” he said. “He now has Covid (earlier in the season).
“I think these three games he played for France are helping us and Paul, and that has helped France. He has a rhythm, he has his form.
“ I spoke to Paul and he certainly felt towards the end of the game against Portugal and certainly towards the end of the game against Sweden that he felt stronger for it.
“He played well, they qualified. I think he’s only going to get better.
“Paul is, like I said, a very important player and a very important person for us.
“Having him fit and happy will be vital for the race we can hopefully run now.”
Pogba admitted this week that playing for his country has been ‘a breath of fresh air’
Didier Deschamps struck at Solskjaer and Pogba’s lack of playing time at United
United’s future for the 27-year-old midfielder always appears to be under new scrutiny during his spells with the France team, with their manager this time fueling speculation.
Didier Deschamps said this week: “ You just have to see what he was able to do in Portugal and what he did tonight.
“I know him, I know how he works. He has pride and above all talent. When you have to defend, he can defend. When he has the opportunity to express himself, he is able to do so.
Pogba is a regular at France but has only started one of United’s last four league games
“Paul is a top player and I hope what he has done with us will be useful to him when he returns to his club.”
Pogba himself admitted that joining France was “a breath of fresh air” following the struggles of Old Trafford.
“I had never known such a difficult period in my career,” he told RTL France.
“The France team is a breath of fresh air, the group is exceptional, it’s magic.”
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