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Didier Deschamps and Jose Mourinho explain how they're getting the best out of Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba has endured a disappointing start to the season after returning to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee in the summer, however he has scored twice in the last six days for club and country.

The 23-year-old gave United the lead at Swansea with a sensational volley from more than 20 yards out and he put France back on level terms in their World Cup qualifier with Sweden on Friday night, which they went on to win 2-1.

His managers, Jose Mourinho and Didier Deschamps, have both been impressed by his recent run of good form, and it follows on from his 30-yard winner against the Netherlands last month, but it's not his goals which are pleasing them the most.

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Pogba not a goalscorer

Following Friday's home win, Deschamps explained, via Manchester Evening News: "He (Pogba) is not a goalscorer. He can score goals and has done so but I don't especially expect him to do that.

"If he scores, all the better. I know he likes scoring but it is not what I or the team expect from him. All the better that he did so but I am much more happy with his overall performance which followed on from what he did in the Netherlands."

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The World Cup winner continued: "For Manchester (United) he is used in a different position in a different system. He gave us a lot of fluidity with the ball and was good at winning possession back."

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Pogba needs experience around him

Both Deschamps, who led his country to the Euro 2016 final, and Mourinho also seem to be in agreement that the former Juventus midfielder needs experience around him on the pitch in order to be at his best.

After United's much-needed 3-1 win in South Wales before the international break, Mourinho praised Pogba but said: "Yes, he (Pogba) was really good but the team was good.

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"The team was organised in a way that with the players close to him, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, he was surrounded by quality and experience."

Add that to Deschamps' words last night, when he claimed: "When Paul is playing like that and has a good partnership with Blaise Matuidi (29 years old), it is important for the team."

Those comments are largely proven by the fact that, up to this point, Pogba played the best football of his career alongside the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal in what was a star-studded Juve midfield.

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Wayne Rooney
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