Paul Pogba's leadership hailed as key to France's UEFA Nations League win

Paul Pogba is riding a high of success after helping France to win the UEFA Nations League.

Comeback wins over Belgium and then Spain showed great character and Pogba is credited with helping those happen.

He was seen ranting at Benjamin Pavard during the win over Spain to encourage his teammate to improve, and Eurosport France wrote how it was Pogba who urged his side to take the game to Belgium after going two goals down.

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Reflecting on Pogba’s role, manager Didier Deschamps told how he was pleased to see the growth of the Manchester United star.

Deschamps told Eurosport: “He has grown in importance compared to his beginnings.

“He is an expressive leader who sits between the generations. He has this collective reflection.”

United lucky to have him, and still need more

If Pogba was not a Manchester United player then we would be sitting here wishing he was.

But in the five years Pogba has had at Old Trafford, his spell has not hit the heights fans hoped it might.

The strong leader France have in Pogba seems at times to be inhibited at United and does not exert the same influence he does for France. That’s more of a constructive criticism than a shot at Pogba, we just want to see more from him.

Pogba needs to commit his future to United and the club have gradually been giving him more and more reason to do so.

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The France win has given Pogba another taste of silverware and the next few weeks at United could be pivotal for how he sees his future.

United have a tough fixture list and need Pogba to step up. Positive results will show the midfielder that United are heading in the right direction and he is wise to invest his future in the club.

If the team take a step backwards, especially with a Champions League group stage exit, then Pogba’s decision to keep his options open will look more and more understandable.

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