Paul Pogba may be struggling for form for Manchester United, but he has no such issues on the international front. The midfielder was made to wait for his 70th cap, with 16 months separating his previous one.
A combination of injuries, the coronavirus pandemic and then the 27-year-old testing positive for the virus himself, meant Pogba had been unable to represent France since April 2019.
But Pogba looks like he has rediscovered his form, playing 30 minutes during the 7-1 rout of Ukraine, before shining in the Nations League draw with Portugal.
The Frenchman has come in for some criticism for his recent performances in the red shirt of United, but there are no such concerns about his form in for Les Bleus.
France boss Didier Deschamps singled Pogba out for praise following the 0-0 stalemate with Portgual, claiming he got “a good Paul” back.
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“I thought he was good against Portugal, even better in the second half, in regards of his rhythm, his size,” Deschamps said after the game.
“I got a good Paul back. He is not always here to score or give assists. He has a big activity, and technically he was good, too.”
Previous to his showing against Portugal, Pogba had drawn publicity of the wrong kind after he fueled speculation about his future at Old Trafford.
With less than 12 months left on his deal with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, Pogba revealed that talks had yet to be launched with his current employers – while admitting a move to Real Madrid was his “dream”.
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“Zidane? We all heard, some things have been said,” Pogba told reporters last week. “What do you want me to say? Yes, all the players would like to play for Real Madrid one day. It could be a dream. It is a dream for me. Why not? One day.
“Like I have said. I am at Manchester United and I love my club. I am performing at United, I am enjoying it and I want to do everything I can to bring this club back where it belongs. I will give my best like all my teammates.”
But United will hope to see the benefits of a confidence boosting fortnight away, when he returns to Carrington on Friday.
According to ESPN, Pogba quickly made his presence known as the leader of his national side.
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The report suggests that Pogba instantly got his room back at the country’s Clairefontaine base.
That was at the expense of Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga, who has been touted as a possible replacement should Pogba leave United.
Pogba is believed to be the heart and soul of a France dressing room that also includes the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Anthony Martial.
As he did in 2018, Pogba will be hoping that a renewed burst of confidence will reap immediate rewards for his clib side, starting this weekend at St James’s Park.
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