France boss Didier Deschamps is in agreement with Manchester United fans over Paul Pogba’s mentality.
The Frenchman could not find any inspiration as his national side fell to a shock 2-0 defeat against Finland.
It saw Red Devils fans lay into the 27-year-old for his lacklustre performance, having scored just one goal and made two assists for the club this season.
And Deschamps, who lifted the World Cup with Pogba two years ago, has also noticed the midfielder’s poor performances.
Speaking to RMC Sport , the France boss said: “He’s not at his best, obviously. I knew that before.
“That game was meant to get him some rhythm. He knew he’d only have 60 minutes. It’s hard to take positives. Obviously Paul isn’t in the best period.
“Like all players who don’t have a positive situation in their club, they’re impacted mentally as well. I know him well enough.
“It can happen at some point, to anyone. They know the high level, the pride of being able to turn up. I then have decisions to make when taking into account the other players too. He knows that.”
Goals from Finland’s Marcus Forss and fellow debutant Onni Valakari saw the team ranked 55th in FIFA’s world rankings stun the reigning world champions.
It piles on more pressure for Pogba, who has been relegated to a substitute role following Bruno Fernandes’ performances for United.
But Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has defended the midfielder, explaining why fans are wrong about his struggles.
He said to talkSPORT : Maybe, but if someone said to me, I could only play well because of a certain manager, I’d be embarrassed.
“People take credit, coaches and managers for different players, maybe bringing them through, or having them at their peak.
“But If I felt that my career would fall down because I never had a certain coach or manager, how well I did was down to me.
“And when I didn’t play well, that was down to me, I wouldn’t blame a coach.”