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Paul Pogba warned over making Man Utd comments while on France duty again

Former France star Frank Leboeuf has warned Paul Pogba that his recent comments while on international duty are "not going to be very well interpreted with Manchester United."

The 27-year-old called international duty a "breath of fresh air", telling RTL France : "I had never known such a difficult period in my career.

"The French national team is a breath of fresh air. We are very happy to come here and all very happy to see each other again.

"It is not the same as with the club. We all group together, it is magical. We realise that everyone is happy to come and that makes a difference."

Leboeuf believes that will not go down well with United, telling ESPN: "You have to be always cautious of what you say. It’s true that this is not going to be very well interpreted with Manchester United.

"It’s meaning that he is belonging to a group with friends which is not the case with Manchester United."

France boss Didier Deschamps also questioned Pogba's recent lack of game time, saying: "He's not in his best form, of course.

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"It's hard to remember to be positive. Obviously, he's not in one of his better periods. Like all players who have a club situation that is not positive, they are also impacted mentally.

"I know him well enough and it can happen at some points. We cannot, however, say that he is fulfilled in what he does at his club."

Former Red Devil Phil Neville has labelled the decision not to start Pogba regularly a disgrace, telling Premier League Productions: "I still think it's absolutely disgraceful that Pogba can't get in that team.

"For United to win a league, for United to be successful, for United to play the style of football that Ole wants them to play then Pogba has to play.

"You can play one of them [Nemanja] Matic, Fred or Scott McTominay and then you play Pogba with Bruno Fernandes."

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