Paul Pogba is preparing for his third match of the international break tonight.

After a surprise defeat to Finland, Pogba’s France bounced back with a win over Portugal at the weekend.

Pogba has admitted to being in a difficult spell of form. But he is trying to stay positive.

Pogba needs to be positive as he tries to win back a starting spot in Manchester United’s XI.

He inadvertently caused a little controversy with some quotes this week, which were cut into snippets by some press and made to look like he was unhappy at United.

Pogba told RTL after the win over Portugal: “It is true that it is a difficult period, a period that I did not know in my career we will say.

“I used to play all the time, to have rhythm and suddenly, like that, change … I resume my feelings little by little, I find myself, with my teammates, their advice, the coach who talks to me, who puts confidence in me. That also helped me a lot for this performance.

“I want to continue like this and continue to improve. With playing time [for France] it will also help me. To be at the top level, it’s performances like that. do, all the time, be consistent.”

 

He added that he enjoyed meeting up with the French side, and that all of his teammates were in a similar place.

Portugal v France - UEFA Nations League
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Pogba is right to look inwards and question himself. We all know he has talent, he needs to focus and harness it correctly and apply himself with a full focus for 90 minutes.

We should be glad he is returning to United with improved confidence, and while long term there is a question over his future at Old Trafford, there is a lot of football to be played between now and June, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to get the best out of him.

Join Juventus plea

Pogba’s future is of course a big topic when his contract is currently set to expire in June 2022.

Real Madrid and Juventus are two sides constantly linked with moves and his former teammate at the latter, Claudio Marchisio, has urged him to make a switch and ‘be happy’.

For United to consider a sale, the money will need to be right, and this would mean an absolute minimum fee of ยฃ50 million.

This may seem low, but United are not in a strong position in terms of Pogba’s contract, when he would be at risk of losing him for free the following summer.

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