Paul Pogba was in the headlines again during the international break.

The Frenchman’s comments were interpreted in some quarters as if he enjoys playing for France more than he does for Manchester United.

That was put to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his pre-match press conference before the visit of West Brom tomorrow.

Streamed live on the official United app (1:30pm, 20/11), Solskjaer says he’s already spoken to Pogba after the international break and shared what he said.

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“Paul’s had a difficult season last season. (He’s) had Covid now, those three games he played for France helped.

“I spoke to Paul and he felt towards end of Portugal and Sweden game he felt stronger for it, he played well, they qualified, I think he’s only going to improve.

 

“Paul is a very important player and very important person for us and to have him in form and happy is gonna be important.”

Solskjaer must have expected to be asked about Pogba due to the way the conversation about him continued even without United being in action.

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He made a poor start to France’s game with Sweden on Tuesday, before recovering to help his side secure a 4-2 win.

That match fitness can only help Pogba, who looked short physically in the opening weeks of the season.

Fred, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes look to have established themselves uppermost in Solskjaer’s mind right now.

But with three games a week from now until after Christmas, rotation will be needed and Pogba should get his chance soon. It’ll be up to him to take it.

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