France don’t expect Pogba to score– Deschamps

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Paul Pogba is not a “goal scorer” and is not expected to produce them, according to France coach Didier Deschamps.

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The Manchester United midfielder headed in the equaliser for France as they came from behind to win 2-1 against Sweden in Paris on Friday. It followed Pogba’s impressive strike for United in a 3-1 victory at Swansea a week earlier.

Deschamps, told reporters, as quoted by AFP: “He is not a goal scorer. He can score goals and has done so, but I don’t especially expect him to do that.

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“All the better that he did so but I am much more happy with his overall performance, which followed on from what he did in the Netherlands [in a 1-0 win when he also scored on Oct. 10].”

United have started using Pogba in more advanced positions but France again played him in a deeper role alongside Blaise Matuidi. France’s starting XI had an attack consisting of Olivier Giroud up front, Antoine Griezmann behind, plus Dimitri Payet and Moussa Sissoko out wide.

Deschamps said: “For Manchester [United], he is used in a different position in a different system. He gave us a lot of fluidity with the ball and was good at winning possession back.

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“When Paul is playing like that and has a good partnership with Blaise Matuidi it is important for the team.

“If he scores, all the better. I know he likes scoring but it is not what I or the team expect from him.”

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