Paul Pogba given high rating from L'Equipe after goal against Holland

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It's amazing what a difference a few days can make.

Paul Pogba had become public enemy No. 1 in France last week after putting in another below par performance for Les Bleus during the 4-1 win over Bulgaria on Friday night.

The Manchester United superstar was warned by manager Didier Deschamps that he needed to improve and was subsequently given a rating of just four by French publication L'Equipe.

No disrespect to Bulgaria, but Deschamps' men had a tougher task on Monday in the form of the Netherlands and Pogba responded to the critics in perfect fashion.

The World Cup qualifier ended in a 1-0 win for France, with the most expensive player scoring the only goal of the game - a firmly struck shot from over 30 yards out in the first half.

Just to prove that the French media do not have any sort of vendetta against Pogba, L'Equipe were much kinder in their evaluation of the midfielder's performance after the game.

This time, L'Equipe awarded Pogba a well-deserved rating of 8 but it still wasn't quite enough to grab the coveted man of the match label.

That accolade went to Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny, who continued his good form with another dominant display in Amsterdam.

It wasn't all good for France, however, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann - rated 4 and 5 out of 10 respectively - both disappointed, despite the West Ham ace's brilliant nutmeg on one unsuspecting Dutchman.

The small scoreline arguably flattered the Dutch, who are still struggling to get to grips with Danny Blind's management.

Pogba and co. are tied at the top of Group A with Sweden on seven points after three games.

Group A's two unbeaten teams go up against each other during the next international break in November and if Pogba's goal last night can kick-start a good run of form between now and then, the Swedes could be set for a very tough evening trying to keep him quiet.

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