DIDIER DESCHAMPS DEFENDS PAUL POGBA

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France national team coach, Didier Deschamps has defended Paul Pogba, insisting the Manchester United midfielder is completely different to his media image.

Pogba was informed by Jose Mourinho this week that he has been stripped of his captainship responsibility at Manchester United, before they were filmed having a row in training.

He was then substituted in United’s 3:1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday, September 30, 2018 with the player failing to acknowledge Mourinho as he left the pitch.

According to Deschamps, Pogba cannot be expected to do everything on his own and needs to be part of a cohesive team unit to play his best football.

Speaking with The Observer, the France coach said:

“There are a few things people ought to know. First of all there is an image of Paul that doesn’t correspond to who he is. Maybe it is because he is a bit eccentric, a bit demonstrative.

“He has been with me since 2013 that is five years now and the way he functions is not about him for himself, it is him as part of the group. That is really important.

“His image in the media makes everything quite complicated. The amount of the transfer [fee] to Manchester United is ridiculous, it wasn’t easy to manage.

“During this World Cup he managed to get a normal image back. The fact he talks, it liberates him a bit, but the most important thing is that Paul came to this World Cup with a very precise idea: he wanted to prepare himself to be world champion. That is what he had in his mind.

“For Paul it depends not only on him but also the team he is in, the collective way of playing. It is not a case of one player who makes the team win”.

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