Paul Pogba criticised for 'very concerning body language' as France lose 2-0 to Finland

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Paul Pogba is a footballer that divides opinion like no other.

Is he one of the greatest midfielders in world football? Or is he the most overrated and simply a waste of space?

In truth, he’s probably somewhere in between.

There’s no doubt the World Cup winner has a ridiculous amount of talent but, at the age of 27, is still struggling to show that on a consistent basis.

Perhaps he just needs to leave Manchester United and all the problems are down to the Red Devils underachieving in recent years.

After the midfielder teamed up with his French national side this week ahead of a friendly against Finland before Nations League games against Portugal and Sweden, manager Didier Deschamps admitted Pogba may not be happy at Old Trafford.

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"He finds himself in a situation with his club that he can't be happy about, neither in terms of his playing time nor his position," Deschamps told France Football.

"He's not at his best, he's had a string of injuries and Covid-19 has also affected him adversely. He needs to rediscover his rhythm.

“We can't say that he's blossoming at club level. There's no problem with me, but I also work hard to manage him. When a player is unhappy at club level, of course, he is happy to play for France.”

As Deschamps says if Pogba is unhappy at club level, he will surely relish a chance of representing his country alongside other world-class players.

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However, that didn’t exactly seem to be the case on Wednesday night.

Pogba played 57 minutes as France suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Finland. And the Manchester United player was criticised for his role in Onni Valakari’s stunner to put the away side 2-0 ahead.

Valakari cut inside onto his left foot and fired a screamer past Steve Mandanda. But Pogba made absolutely no effort to block the shot or put any pressure on the Finn.

It wasn’t just that goal though.

Pogba’s overall body language led popular account ‘Get French Football News’ to tweet: “Paul Pogba’s body language very concerning in this first 45 - generally strolling around the pitch, pointing to other players to be passed to rather than him & his longer balls have almost exclusively been wayward.”

Perhaps it’s not a Man Utd issue for Pogba. Perhaps it’s an attitude issue after all.

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