Paul Pogba back at his best after a strong performance in the Nations League
France emerged victorious from their League of Nations final against Spain, with Kylian Mbappé put his Euro 2020 penalty demons to rest, though it’s eye-catching performances from Paul pogba in the two matches against Belgium and La Roja, which suggested he was back at his best.
After having had a mixed start to the season at Old Trafford, where the midfielder contributed more assists than anyone in the English top flight, there were some difficult moments in which Pogba fell asleep at the wheel in regards to his defensive functions.
This is nothing new for Pogba since he returned to Manchester United, but for France he always seems to perform to the maximum of his talent, regardless of the position Didier Deschamps put it in.
The contract situation does not bother him
Pogba still has to commit his future United, although his current contract expires at the end of this season.
Mino raiola spoke of a return to Juventus, while the player himself hardly hesitated to mention how much he loved Turin and the friends he has there.
Yet the expectation in France is that Pogba would ideally prefer to sign with United once again, putting the pen to a contract rumored to be the Premier League’s highest.
PogbaThe performances against Belgium and Spain were not that of a player who finds the weight of the decision too heavy. He came to international service with a clear mind, which suggests that he knows what he wants to do regarding his future.
Why can’t Manchester United make the most of him?
PogbaOld Trafford’s second run was one of the great mysteries of modern football, as it has all the talent in the world, but you can rarely argue that United are a better team with him in the starting XI.
Are they more likely to win a game thanks to their individual talent or an assist with Pogba on the pitch? Yes, definitely, but the team’s play and build-up of role models suffer tremendously as they try to adapt Pogba in the field.
The reality is that, like Peter Taylor and Brian Clough, United should never have signed again Pogba without his international compatriot N’Golo Kanté.
Kanté was available the same summer as United wasted money on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and that would have prevented the club from buying many midfielders since to “unlock” Pogba.
Fast forward to the present day with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm and the Norwegian fell into the trap of trying to categorize the World Cup winner into the squad by any means possible.
Pogba He cannot be trusted to play in a traditional central midfielder role due to his lack of defensive awareness, but when placed on the left wing you lose some offensive momentum for lack of speed.
With France this problem does not exist, because Kanté does the defensive work for Pogba and so we see the truly blessed playmaker the 28-year-old truly is. In the absence of Kanté for these Nations League matches, however, Adrien rabiot then Aurélien Tchouameni assumed the Kanté role and did it admirably, especially in the case of the latter.
Will Pogba’s Nations League form translate to club level?
In normal times, this return to form would be a springboard of confidence for a footballer once back in his national club, but for Pogba there is literally no way to predict such an outcome.
He has such a hard time finding a real job in Manchester Unitedof the team and he never seems quite sure of his role.
United’s games after the break are also quite difficult, with Leicester City, Liverpool and Atalanta scoring for free the next three opponents.
It is not necessarily the ideal platform for Pogba shine, and it will be interesting to see if he can prove his worth nationally rather than internationally.