Paul Pogba has been urged to be more ‘cautious’ with his choice of words when talking about Manchester United, with compatriot Frank Leboeuf suggesting the club will not be happy with his recent comments.
The French midfielder has endured a testing start to the new season, completing 90 minutes just twice and losing his place in the team to the more disciplined and defensive duo of Fred and Scott McTominay.
His form when he has got on the pitch has been repeatedly questioned, while speculation continues to swirl around his future as he only has 18 months left to run on his current contract.
But the international break has offered some respite from the scrutiny of playing for United, with Pogba admitting over the weekend that the France national team setup feels more like ‘family’ than his club.
Speaking to RTL, he said of his current situation: ‘I had never known such a difficult period in my career.
‘The France team is a breath of fresh air, the group is exceptional, it’s magic. It’s not that in the club we don’t have fun, but here it’s not the same. We laugh. It’s really a family.’
‘You have to be always cautious of what you say,’ Leboeuf told ESPN when asked about the midfielder’s comments.
‘It’s true that this is not going to be very well interpreted with Manchester United.
‘It’s meaning that he is belonging to a group with friends which is not the case with Manchester United.’
Pogba gave a solid display in Saturday night’s Uefa Nations League win over Portugal and is likely to be in the side once again when they host Sweden on Tuesday, though whether he will be in United’s team to face West Brom is another matter.