Emmanuel Petit: I want an angry Paul Pogba

Pogba is more talented than any of France’s World Cup winners from 1998 says Desailly

He made 25 Premier League starts for United last season and still has his critics following an £89million move from Juventus in 2016 but, when asked, Deschamps told France TV broadcaster Telefoot it is "very likely" Pogba will start next weekend.

With France, going into this World Cup, you can be forgiven for thinking they have the best chance to lift the title, considering they are have an experienced goalkeeper, composed defenders, strong midfielders and a wonderfully-talented attack.

Paul Pogba has been urged to get angry while on World Cup duty with France, with Emmanuel Petit considering the Manchester United midfielder to be at his best when playing with passion.

France begin their World Cup on Saturday when they play Australia in Group C, before games against Peru and Denmark.

And Petit has challenged him to repeat his match-winning performance that buried fierce rivals Manchester City at the Etihad in April.

"People have to remember he is only a holding midfield player and he has orders from the manager and to me a holding midfield player is there to protect the team and to defend first".

"If you're 1-0 up, you're not bringing him on to close the game down".

It wasn't exactly the most impressive outing for France ahead of next week's opener.

Ultimately, Pogba isn't that much of a liability that he deserves to dropped entirely, and he offers more to the side than he would take away if starting, but the fact of the matter is that there are ways Deschamps can avoid the midfielder if so desired.

The 1998 World Cup victor is looking for more of that in Russian Federation this summer, telling Paddy Power: "We all know Pogba has great potential but I want to see the same Pogba I saw against Manchester City when United won 3-2".



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