Paul Pogba enjoyed himself with a strong performance in France’s 2-1 win over Sweden on Friday night.
Playing in a midfield two alongside Blaise Matuidi, a role he has often been used by Didier Deschamps in order to let Antoine Griezmann play in the No.10 role, Pogba was strong and disciplined.
His performance was rewarded with a goal that drew France level and Manchester United fans were delighted to see Pogba get on the score sheet:
Pogba for France ????
— Aoife 'FIFA' Turner (@AoifeTurner) November 11, 2016
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) November 11, 2016
Why can't Wazza put corners in like that for us ???? #SomeBall
Watching France now…#Pogba????
— Cal Clarke (@calclarke1985) November 11, 2016
Patrice Evra certainly enjoyed France’s win over Sweden and Pogba getting on the scoresheet if his celebration with him after the game is anything to go by…
— Get French Football (@GFFN) November 12, 2016
And French newspaper L’Equipe felt Pogba put in a good shift as well having given him a rating of seven for his performance:
France: Lloris (c) 4 – Sidibe 3, Varane 7, Koscielny 6, Evra 6 – Pogba 7, Matuidi 5 – Sissoko 4, Griezmann 5, Payet 8 – Giroud 5.
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) November 12, 2016
Deschamps was impressed with how Pogba played and made it clear his performances for France are about more than just goals when he is in good form.
Speaking about Pogba after the game, Deschamps said: “He can score but it is not necessarily what I am looking for from him. I am looking instead at particularly at his match in its entirety. He has good volume to his game, fluidity with the ball and he has shown himself to be efficient in terms of winning the ball back. When he is at this level, he is important for the team.”
That’s a similar role to what Jose Mourinho wants to see from Pogba at Man United and it is going to take some time for him to learn that new position in a midfield two but with every game he plays there Pogba is improving.
United fans are very happy with the progress and performances Pogba is putting in at the moment but it won’t be long before he’s taking the headlines and earning praise from critics who feel he should be getting more goals and assists. It is a matter of time before he gets more of both at United and strong performances like this will only help him get better.