Paul Pogba's unhappiness has been addressed by his manager who is confident he will shine now he has his strength back
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has held talks with Paul Pogba after admitting the Manchester United midfielder is not happy with his lack of playing time and form.
But Solskjaer is confident United fans will see an improved Pogba over the weeks ahead, now he is recovering his strength and fitness after being struck down by coronavirus earlier in the season.
Pogba admitted last week that he was enduring the most difficult period of his career and claimed it was a “breath of fresh air” to get away with France, whose coach, Didier Deschamps, said the player was unhappy with his lack of minutes and the way he was being used by Solskjaer.
But Solskjaer claimed his deployment of Pogba was no different to how Deschamps uses the player for France and revealed that he had spoken to the midfielder about his struggles as United look for their first home league win of the campaign against West Bromwich Albion tonight.
“I spoke to Paul today about it,” the United manager said. “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.
“He plays in the same position for France as he does for us, so that’s not a different scenario. It’s about getting momentum and rhythm. He felt really strong towards the end against Portugal [on Saturday] and towards the end of the game with Sweden [on Tuesday], which is natural because he had Covid.
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“That’s the same with all of our players – they look stronger and fitter now and he’s the same. With the comments [about France being a breath of fresh air], I remember myself when I played for Norway and saw my mates that I had grown up with, of course it’s nice to meet them. Social life now is not the same so you’re happy to see them.”
Pogba played on the left of a midfield three in the 1-0 win over Portugal and as the deeper lying of a midfield two in the 4-2 victory against Sweden, with Solskjaer convinced the Frenchman can play in a variety of positions.
“Sometimes it’s an eight, sometimes a 10, sometimes in off the left in a diamond, sometimes one of the two, he can do everything,” Solskjaer said. “And now, the fitter he gets, the more he can do.
“Paul had a difficult season last season, he’s had Covid now but those games he played for France helped. Paul is a very important player and to have him in form and happy is going to be important.”