Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Paul Pogba feels ‘stronger’ after starring for France and believes ‘in form and happy’ midfielder will be ‘important’ for Manchester United
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on Paul Pogba after starring for France
- He believes midfielder has found ‘rhythm and fitness’ during international break
- Solskjaer has been engulfed in war of words with Didier Deschamps over Pogba
- Pogba admitted this week that playing for his country is ‘a breath of fresh air’
- He also described this season as the most difficult of his career so far
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held talks with Paul Pogba on Friday after France boss Didier Deschamps spoke out about the player’s situation at Manchester United.
Pogba started all three of France’s games during the international break, having been a substitute in United’s last two matches.
And Deschamps, who claimed Pogba ‘cannot be happy’ with his situation at Old Trafford, believes France have shown United how to get the best from their £89million record signing.
Paul Pogba 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
Solskjaer backed Pogba, 27, to improve ahead of Saturday’s game at home to West Bromwich Albion.
‘Paul had a difficult season last year and he’s had Covid,’ said Solskjaer.
‘I think those games he played for France help both us and Paul. He gets rhythm and fitness and felt stronger for it towards the end of the Portugal and Sweden games.
Pogba admitted this week that playing for his country had been ‘a breath of fresh air’
Didier Deschamps hit out at Solskjaer and Pogba’s lack of playing time at United
‘I spoke to Paul. He’s not been happy when he’s not playing and not playing really well. He’s not been happy with his performances.
‘He plays in the same position for France as he does for us. It’s about getting momentum — he’s only going to improve.
‘Paul is a very important player. To have him in form and happy is going to be important.’
Pogba is a regular for France but has started just one of United’s last four league games