Sagna: Pogba is key for France

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is almost certain to start France’s World Cup opener against Australia boss Didier Deschamps has confirmed

Pogba was at less than his best in a 3-1 friendly win over Italy and has recently been whistled by some portions of the home crowd, with former France worldwide Frank Leboeuf saying recently he doesn't think the 25-year-old will start in Russian Federation.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba is nearly certain to start France's World Cup opener against Australia, boss Didier Deschamps has confirmed.

"He's more talented than any midfielder of my generation".

The 25-year-old's recent form has encapsulated his last two seasons with Manchester United but French fans will be hoping that his quality eventually shines through as they know that he is more than capable of producing something special on his day.

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France, who find themselves in Group C with Australia, Peru and Denmark, kick-off their title hopes against Australia on Saturday, 16 June.

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. Everyone knows about his extraordinary potential but I think we're asking too much of him.

Taking a page out of Luis Enrique's book whilst he managed Barcelona, France could bypass the midfield altogether, focussing on quick transitions from back to front, with long balls from defence into a front three of Griezmann, Mbappe and Dembele, allowing the trio to work their magic with freedom in the final third.

France were held to a 1-1 draw at home to the U.S. despite fielding a strong side in their final match before the World Cup gets under way in Russian Federation.

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