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France boss to hear Pogba out on United woes


France midfielder Paul Pogba cannot be happy with his situation at Manchester United, Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps says.

The 25-year-old Pogba, who is preparing for friendly football matches against Colombia and World Cup hosts Russia, has been out of form under United boss Jose Mourinho this season.

He has not started in United’s last three games. He missed the match against Liverpool through injury, came on as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat by Sevilla in the Champions League and was left on the bench in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Brighton.

Asked if he would try to restore Pogba’s confidence during his time with the squad, Deschamps said: “It’s not just Paul. This happens … that a player undergoes a specific situation in a club.

“It may be Paul, others at another time, and as always, I will speak with them, to understand, because I do not have all the information.

“[Regarding Pogba] … I do not know why and how for now but obviously, this is a situation he won’t appreciate in relation to everything he’s done. The reasons can be many and varied. He can’t be happy with what he’s going through with his club.”

Pogba started his career at United and returned to the club from Juventus for 89 million (HK$978.65 million) in 2016.

Meanwhile, interim Italy coach Luigi Di Biagio says the door is still open for maverick striker Mario Balotelli who was again overlooked for this month’s friendlies, despite scoring regularly for French Ligue 1 side Nice.

“Numbers and goals are important for forwards but they have to be linked to a certain type of performance,” Di Biagio said.

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