Didier Deschamps: ‘Give Paul Pogba more time’


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France boss Didier Deschamps has urged Manchester United’s fans to be patient with Paul Pogba following his summer move.

The Frenchman became the world’s most expensive footballer earlier this year when the Red Devils paid £89.3million to bring him back to England from Juventus.

The midfielder won four successive Serie A titles with Juve during his time in Italy but has failed to kick on since returning to Old Trafford.

Pogba showed signs of promise two weeks ago when he grabbed the man-of-the-match award during the 4-1 win over Leicester City.

The 23-year-old scored a goal against the reigning champions but then missed a number of chances against Stoke on Sunday in the 1-1 draw.

He has now linked up with the France squad for their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Netherlands, and Deschamps believes he needs more time to show his true quality.

“He has changed his club team and needs to find his bearing with his new team-mates,” Deschamps told reporters. “With Paul, we always expect more.

When he does something neutral, often it is not enough. He is someone we expect to make assists in every game – there is an expectation that is too large.

“Paul is okay in his own head. He knows what he wants.” Pogba is expected to start Friday’s clash against Bulgaria on home soil as Deschamps’ side look to qualify for the World Cup in Russia in two years’ time.

After being beaten in the final of Euro 2016, Les Blues are 10.00 to win the 2018 World Cup with Dafabet.

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