Paul Pogba produces stunning individual display in France's 3-1 win over Italy

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was in inspired form for France last night as Les Bleus claimed an impressive 3-1 over Italy.

It was Didier Deschamps' side first game on home soil since their disappointing 1-0 loss to Portugal in the final of Euro 2016, a tournament in which the former Juventus man failed to shine.

However, against the Italians, the towering midfielder was at his best, displaying a wide range of passing, skill and above all, maturity on the international stage.


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Pogba was at the heart of the game's opening goal on 16 minutes as he combined with United colleague, Anthony Martial.

The world's most expensive player curled a beautiful through ball around the opposing defence for the forward to easily run on to and finish with authority.

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Italy equalised through Graziano Pelle, before Olivier Giroud put the French back in front, but all throughout proceedings it was Pogba dictating the tempo and producing the regular moments of magic he is capable of.

He again had a major role to play in the decisive moment of the match as he produced his second assist of the match for Layvin Kurzawa to put the game to bed - the left-back has scored four times in his last five games in all competitions.

The full highlights of Pogba's individual display can be seen below:

The game overall seemed like an audition from United's returning man, showing that he can be a match-winning talent on his day.

Nevertheless, it again feels as if Pogba has saved his best for a game with little significance, whereas at the Euros, the 23-year-old struggled immensely.

His first two games back at United under Jose Mourinho suggest that their is a huge room for improvement in competitive fixtures.

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A constant need to be complex in his passing and other attributes in his game often lead to poor performances as it did in the 1-0 win over Hull City.

This display against Italy, where Pogba put in a much more calm and efficient performance, further highlights his need to sometimes abandon the spectacular and instead focus on growing as an all-round footballer. United fans will be craving this scenario in the Manchester derby.

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