Paul Pogba hints he feels restricted by role in Manchester United team
Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba often excels playing for France and he has explained why he feels more free when playing for his national side.
Paul Pogba believes he has 'more attacking freedom' when he plays for France as opposed to his role with Manchester United.
Pogba, 28, has often struggled to replicate his international form at club level given that he sometimes plays in a more defensively demanding role for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.
The Frenchman's form for his national side is bolstered by the aid of defensive anchor N'Golo Kante by his side, a luxury which is not quite the same at club level.
Pogba's best form for United last season came when he was deployed in a left-wing role with less defensive responsibility than he has in his central midfield position.
Speaking about the positions he has played in during his career Pogba admitted that his place in the United side requires more defensive work than at any other team.
“It’s true that at Juve it was different from Manchester United," he told L’Equipe as part of an interview with former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira.
“We were already playing with three midfielders [at Juventus], in 5-3-2. 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.”
When asked about his role with the French national 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 the same time, when you have [Antoine] Griezmann, Kylian [Mbappe], you don’t want to enter their spaces, you don’t need to.”