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Paul Pogba's performance and body language for France is alarming for Man Utd

Paul Pogba's performance and body language has been questioned following a shock defeat for France at home to Finland after his Manchester United outings had come in for criticism

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Paul Pogba failed to inspire France in their shock defeat against Finland.

Didier Deschamps watched his team lose to the side that are 55th in the Fifa world rankings, with goals from Marcus Forss and fellow debutant Onni Valakari stunning the reigning world champions.

Although none of the home side was able to put in an impressive performance, the continuation of Pogba’s poor form is likely to concern Manchester United supporters who had hoped to see him thrive.

The 27-year-old has been forced into a substitute role in recent weeks due to the form of Bruno Fernandes.

Paul Pogba's performance and body language for France has been questioned (Image: Getty Images)

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It was reported that Pogba’s body language was ‘very concerning’ in the opening half, although that has been disputed by some of those who were watching.

One said: “Good performances isn't based on running around likes headless chicken.”

Another added: “Pogba has literally been dropping back all the time asking for passes and he’s the only one attempting to play any line breaking passes to progress the ball.”

With a third disagreeing by saying: “He hasn’t done anything on the ball either.”

Paul Pogba started as France lost 2-0 to Finland (Image: Getty Images)

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Deschamps gave his thoughts around Pogba before the match, and he admitted that the player isn’t happy at Old Trafford at the present moment in time. He said: “I know Paul well and he knows the squad well.

"He finds himself in a situation with his club that he can't be happy about, neither in terms of his playing time nor his position. He's not at his best, he's had a string of injuries and Covid-19 has also affected him adversely.

“He needs to rediscover his rhythm.

Paul Pogba has had plenty of support from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Image: Getty)

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"He did well in the matches that he was involved in last month and performed consistently despite his lack of rhythm. Nevertheless, we can't say that he's blossoming at club level.

"There's no problem with me, but I also work hard to manage him.

“When a player is unhappy at club level, of course he is happy to play for France.

“He will tell me about how he's feeling and as I know him very well, things will go in a positive direction. It's also his responsibility to put in a big effort."


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