Paul Pogba has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism ever since his world record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United. Many of his critics have not been convinced of the fact that the France international is worth £89 million, due to his average performances for the Red Devils.
The Frenchman has scored just one goal in 8 games for Manchester United this season, and despite creating 16 goal scoring chances, has failed to bag an assist.
There have been a lot of theories predicting the reason behind his loss of form, with the two most common being ‘he is being played too deep and out of position’ and ‘he simply isn’t good enough’.
However, France captain Hugo Lloris has now come to the defence of his fellow compatriot, and has revealed the actual reason behind the midfielder’s average displays.
“There are a lot of players who played in the Euros and are experiencing physical difficulties at this moment,” said the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper.
“Their preparation was not ideal for the new season. Paul is one of them and he has to take on a record transfer to Manchester United.
“There are lots of little things that have slowed him, but we all know he has many qualities and talent – that’s why we’re demanding of him. But things will go well for him with work.
“I can understand the high expectations around him. There are also expectations from the dressing room, from the staff and the coach.
“But France is a team and not only one player. We have to be complementary to get the best performance. Paul has everything to be a great player, but we always ask him to back that up. He can show it in a big game.”
And Pogba did back it up during Monday’s big game, as his long-range strike helped France defeat Holland in the 2018 World Cup Qualifier. The midfielder will now be looking to take his form back to his club, as Manchester United prepare to face their arch-rivals Liverpool.