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Man Utd ace Pogba plays on pitch emblazoned with huge image of himself

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has played on a football pitch that has been emblazoned with a huge image of his France national team jersey.

Pogba is preparing for Euro 2020 off the back of a season in which he proved to be a key player for the Red Devils, making 42 appearances in all competitions.

The Frenchman scored six goals and notched nine assists, as well as being played in a variety of positions by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

His performances helped United to finish as runners-up in the Premier League and reach the Europa League final, with discussions under way over a new contract to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

Those displays saw him called up to the French national team for this summer’s European Championships.

Pogba has been a key player for Didier Deschamps over recent seasons, becoming a regular in his national team’s side.

But Les Bleus have been drawn in Group F for the tournament, the so-called ‘Group of Death’, alongside Germany, Portugal and Hungry.

Deschamps’s begin their Euros with a trip to the Allianz Arena in Munich to face Die Mannschaft next Monday.

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But before that happens, Pogba has attempted to give back to French football community by opening up a new pitch for grassroots players.

The five-a-side pitch is in a cage with an area for standing supporters surrounding it and has been emblazoned with a mock-up of the back of the midfielder’s France shirt.

It comes as part of the Adidas football collective, an initiative by the sportswear giant to develop city-based grassroots changes by giving resources to teams that are traditionally underfunded.

Alongside four photos of Pogba playing with the children who will benefit most from the new pitch, the United star also tweeted his support.

“My adidas Pog’Pitch at [house emoji] for the next generation. Roissy la source, Yessirskiiii!” Pogba wrote.

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