Man United Boss Solakjaer Hits Back at Deschamps' Comments; Admits Pogba Has 'Not Been Happy With His Performances'

Nov 21, 2020, 1:09 PM GMT+5:30
Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba has endured a tough time as of late | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that Paul Pogba is 'not happy' with his recent performances for Manchester United, adding that the midfielder has been frustrated by his own form and lack of game time.

While on international duty, the 27-year-old said he had "never known such a difficult period in his career."

Pogba has started just five times in 12 games across competitions for the Red Devils, and France boss Didier Deschamps had claimed that "United's negative situation this season is psychologically impacting Paul Pogba."

And Solskjaer revealed that he has spoken with Pogba regarding his current predicament. “I spoke to Paul today about it. Of course he’s not been happy when he’s not playing, and not playing really well. He’s not been happy with his performances,” the United boss explained before adding, “He plays in the same position for France and he does for us, so that’s not a different scenario."

Ole further stated, "It’s about getting momentum and rhythm and, as I said earlier, he felt really strong towards the end against Portugal and towards the end of the game with Sweden which is natural because he had Covid and he needed time. That’s the same with all of our players, they look stronger and fitter and he’s the same."

Solskjaer concluded, “There are always discussions about players who can play in different positions because they have the quality to do so many things and they can play in different positions. Paul is the same, he can do the role and he has the qualities to do many things, it’s about the balance of the team, that’s on the XI you pick that day, that’s the key."

United chose to activate the extension clause in Pogba's contract, keeping him at the club until 2022, but could be open to letting him leave next summer, with Real Madrid his likeliest destination.