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Deschamps says Pogba needs more time

France national team manager Didier Deschamps believes that Paul Pogba needs more time to adjust to life back at Manchester United.

Pogba, 23, became the most expensive player in the world when United paid £89 million to Juventus in order to bring him back for a second spell at Old Trafford. The Frenchman’s performances have been varied so far this season, and Deschamps thinks the midfielder will need some time to adjust to his new surroundings.

“He has changed his club team and needs to find his bearing with his new team-mates,” Deschamps said.

“With Paul, we always expect more. When he does something neutral, often it is not enough. He is someone we expect to make assists in every game – there is an expectation that is too large.

“Paul is okay in his own head. He knows what he wants.”

Pogba has been paired with Ander Herrera in the past couple of games, and United manager Jose Mourinho spoke about the importance of Herrera and his ability to balance the midfield.

“Ander can be an important player for us,” he said, “because we play with four attacking players plus Paul who likes a lot to go to different positions, to try and create.

“But we need a player like Ander because he is very fast on the defensive transition, he can give us the security we need, especially against fast counter attacks.”

Deschamps says Pogba needs more time

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