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'Pogba is having a very good season' - Deschamps backs Man Utd star amid criticism

18:38 GMT+4 21/02/2018
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The French midfielder has received a lot of criticism for his performances in recent weeks, but his national team coach is keeping faith in him

France head coach Didier Deschamps has dismissed the notion that Paul Pogba is having a poor season with Manchester United.

The midfielder's recent performances have come in for criticism, with Jose Mourinho substituting him in Premier League defeats at Tottenham and Newcastle United.

Pogba missed Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round win at Huddersfield Town due to illness, but was back in full training on Tuesday as United prepare to visit Sevilla in the opening leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

After rejoining United from Juventus for a fee close to £90 million ahead of last season, Pogba's critics have argued he is not living up to his hefty price tag - a claim dismissed by his national team boss.

"I have been watching what he is doing – he is not in difficulty," Deschamps told SFR Sport.

"He had a little injury and he was ill. For now, he is having a very, very good season with Manchester United."

Much has been discussed over whether the position Pogba plays in the centre of United's midfield is best for him and the team, with Ryan Giggs and Graeme Souness recently stating he should be moved to the left.

However, Deschamps is confident the ex-Juventus star can play in various roles and sees no issue in where he plays.

"Pogba can play any position in midfield, two or three, without worry," he added. "I've seen him play very well in 4-3-3, and seen him play very good with two there. That's not the same position.

"When he is in a three-man midfield, he has greater freedom and he likes it, he can advance. He is capable and has the creativity, but he can win the ball back and play simply too.

"When there are two defensive midfielders, he has a little less freedom, but the on the other hand he gets more touches of the ball more, and he likes to get on the ball."