Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann.

Antoine Griezmann explains Paul Pogba's poor form at Man Utd

Published Add your comment

Paul Pogba's form went from bad to worse during France's 4-1 win over Bulgaria on Friday night.

The Frenchman was awarded a dismal 4 out of 10 for his performance by L'Equipe and was even criticised by Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps.

"Paul can and must do better," the 47-year-old said of Pogba. "He did good things tonight and some others that were less good."


Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article:

Article continues below

Pinpointing the issue for Manchester United's £89 million summer signing is proving quite an issue for manager Jose Mourinho, but France teammate Antoine Griezmann believes he has the answer.

According to the Atletico Madrid striker, Pogba is suffering from criticism in the media and needs "a little affection" to rediscover his previous form.

Article continues below

He told reporters, per Goal: "Paul needs the affection of journalists so he tries to do his best, to give everything for the team.

"He has a different game with Juventus or with Manchester now. He tries to play for the team and it takes time to do it.

"Yes [I think there is a lack of affection for him], because every game you ask a bit too much from him. He needs, like me, like the whole team, a little affection from time to time."


Griezmann admits that such expectation is warranted given Pogba's ability as a central midfielder, but not as a goalscorer.

"We expect him to make the team play, not that he scores goals from 50 metres," he added. "He should be the playmaker of the team, not the scorer."

A goalscorer Pogba most certainly isn't having squandered a number of guilt-edged opportunities against Stoke City last weekend.

The 23-year-old could have easily scored a hat-trick but missed a one-on-one with Lee Grant and failed to hit the target with a header from Daley Blind's corner in the first half.

Manchester United v Stoke City - Premier League

Even Arsenal legend Paul Merson has come out and criticised Pogba, claiming he ignores his United teammates and always passes to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"United have problems," he wrote in his Daily Star column. "Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba just seem to look for each other all the time and ignore everyone else."

Something tells me "a little affection" isn't the solution to Pogba's problems.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
Premier League
Manchester United
UEFA Champions League

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again