As reported by French outlet L’Equipe, Manchester United midfielder is set to start tonight’s France international friendly with Colombia on the bench, continuing his recent selection problems with the Red Devils.
Pogba hasn’t started Man United’s last three matches amidst concerns about his form in Jose Mourinho’s midfield and it appears that his French national team boss Didier Deschamps also doesn’t fancy giving him a starting role.
L’Equipe say he is set to be benched against Colombia on Friday night, with N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi in line to start in his place,
Can the 25-year-old turn around his problems for both club and country and show why he is considered to be one of the best midfielders in the world?
Much has been made of Jose Mourinho’s treatment of the French international, with his decision to bench the midfielder in recent matches controversial amongst supporters.
The truth is though his form has been inconsistent since January, with a man-of-the-match calibre performance against Stoke City the only one that stands out in 2018 so far.
Some may argue he is not being utilised in his best role in the United midfield but the player himself must take responsibility for his performances and do the duty expected of him from Mourinho. He can’t be considered an automatic pick and to be fair to Mourinho, isn’t.
That appears to be the case for France too and the 25-year-old must show the hard work, passion and conviction to get back into the first team plans of both managers or risks missing out on big moments in the prime of his career.