Paul Pogba has a lot to prove in this year’s World Cup.
The Manchester United man is coming off the back of a poor campaign for his club side, where he has attracted a lot of criticism for his performances.
There was also talk of him being dropped by France, after failing to impress in his country’s warm-up games for the World Cup.
Didier Deschamps even admitted he needs to up his level of play for the world’s biggest football tournament.
“Not everything was successful, but he helped the team be well organised,” he told Telefoot, per the Mail.
“I don’t question Paul’s potential. If I called him up, it’s because he’s indispensable for me.
“I know what he is capable of. He has to raise his level of play. I have confidence in him, as I do in my other players.”
Pogba was given a starting berth for his side’s opening group game against Australia, however.
Inevitably, he was always going to be a talking point prior to the game, and he was discussed by the commentary team working for the BBC.
Mark Chapman was joined by Didier Drogba, Alex Scott and Phil Neville, and one thing the latter said about him has gone down very badly.
When speaking about Pogba, Neville said his biggest quality was his personality, before bizarrely speaking about his ‘hairstyles’ and ’emojis’.
Urm, okay Phil.
He clearly doesn’t rate Pogba very highly if his best trait is his hairstyle…
Inevitably, his words attracted a lot of attention on Twitter, with many baffled by his choice of words.
Despite the criticism he has received, former Chelsea player Marcel Desailly feels that Pogba is set to shine this summer.
“For me, Pogba has the ability to do more and his performance against Manchester City tells me all I need to know about his ability,” he said ahead of their game against Australia.
“He will be shown those clips when he joins the national team and I am sure that the same standards will be demanded of him.”
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