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."
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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.
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.
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.