Manchester United dropped more points at Old Trafford on Saturday, in a game in which we saw the good and the bad of Paul Pogba.
The world-class Frenchman helped open the scoring with an absolutely sublime touch to set up Fred. However, in the second-half his dilly-dallying in possession cost United their lead, with Joao Moutinho punishing Pogba with a stunning effort.
We all so desperately want Pogba to succeed at Old Trafford. His time here has been consistently inconsistent though, at times, he can be frustrating to watch. That has led to furore from media and fans alike, but now his international boss, Didier Deschamps, has given the #6 his full backing.
“There’s this idea that he’s a bit individualistic – that’s not the case.” Deschamps is quoted as saying by the BBC.
“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 always looks far more at home playing for his country than he does United. Whether that’s due to a disagreement with the coach, or a lack of relationship with the players, or just purely the fact that he’s trying too hard remains to be seen.
He is a World Cup winner. Clearly, he’s a superb footballer. Deschamps and Pogba have a fantastic relationship, I’d expect nothing less than the Frenchman to come out and give Pogba his full support.
I think Pogba has gained respect but there are still so many doubters; most of which I think he’ll struggle to change the minds of. He’s sort of becoming like Mesut Ozil in that regard – and we all know just how much he polarises opinion.