Paul Pogba played 90 minutes as France beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0.
This was the first full game Pogba has completed since the 0-0 draw with Arsenal on January 30.
A week later Pogba got injured 39 minutes into a 3-3 draw with Everton.
Pogba then played 45 minutes against AC Milan before the international break, and 64 minutes against Leicester.
His previous two games for France during the international break were 27 minutes against Ukraine, and 58 against Kazakhstan.
France deserve credit for managing Pogba well as he bids to return to full fitness. It would have been easy for them to throw him in against Ukraine from the start last week.
Didier Deschamps has been working Pogba’s return with last night’s third game in mind, a tough away tie against Bosnia.
Pogba helped France to a hard fought 1-0 victory, with Antoine Griezmann scoring a second half winner.
Manchester United’s midfield star did pick up a booking, and was very involved defensively, playing in a two-man midfield with Adrien Rabiot, he did not get much chance to get forward.
He dug in, winning three aerial duels, three tackles, two interceptions and two clearances. This was the gritty side to Pogba’s game which often goes under appreciated.
It was also just the type of match Pogba needed, a real physical test for him to prove his fitness. This break has helped fine-tune Pogba’s fitness ahead of a big end to the season.
Whether United throw him straight in against Brighton on Sunday is unclear, and will depend on the fitness of others, but it is almost certain he will start in the Europa League against Granada next week.
Pogba’s clubmate Anthony Martial was not even on the France bench after picking up a knee injury against Kazakhstan. He will have to be assessed upon his return to Carrington.
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