Paul Pogba explains why he has more freedom playing for France than Man Utd
Pogba is preparing for his country's Euro 2020 opener against Germany, and claimed he is able to attack more while playing for France - just like he did at Juventus
Paul Pogba says he enjoys more freedom playing for France than for Manchester United because of the system played by Les Bleus.
And he pointed out the similarities between his role for Didier Deschamps' side to the one he had at Juventus, after being linked with a move back to his former club.
Pogba is expected to line up for France in their Euro 2020 clash against Germany on Tuesday as the tournament's 'group of death' gets underway.
The midfielder's future is uncertain as he enters the final year of his United contract, having been previously linked with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juve.
For much of his time at Old Trafford, he has struggled to show the form which persuaded United to spend a club-record £89million to prise him back from the Serie A side five years ago.
However, he found some form playing on the left of the Red Devils attack in the latter part of the season after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reintegrated him into his team following agent Mino Raiola's claim that a move would be best for all parties.
Now, ahead of his country's highly anticipated Euro 2020 opener, Pogba has highlighted how he is free to attack more while playing for France - and said he has more defensive responsibilities at United than he did with Juventus.
"We were already playing with three midfielders [at Juventus], in 5-3-2," he told L'Equipe. "I had the freedom, I had to be in the box, to attack. It was an obligation.
"In Manchester, I have the freedom to go into the box, but the priority is to play and defend."
Talking about the France team, he added: "We play in 4-2-3-1, also a diamond. I am a little more in the transmission, in the construction. But I have more freedom than in Manchester to enter the box, to make runs forwards."
At United last season, Solskjaer tended to play with a double midfield pivot, with Scott McTominay and his Fred often the manager's preference.
With Bruno Fernandes having made the attacking midfield role his own since his arrival in January last year, there were question marks over where Pogba would fit into the side until Solskjaer started playing him on the left, although he has also played in a deeper midfield position.
The World Cup winner told L'Equipe he would like to be able to use his attacking initiative more often at United - but insisted that the team ethos must come first.
"I would like to play more offensive," he added. "To score fifteen goals per season is what I would like — [but] we must put ourselves at the service of the collective.
"In Manchester, as in France, the collective will always come before the player."
France get their European Championship campaign underway against Germany at 8pm on Tuesday night, with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal taking on Hungary in Group F's opening game at 5pm.