Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

'Confident' United ace 'will shine at the World Cup'

'Confident' United ace 'will shine at the World Cup'

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 global Frank Leboeuf saying recently he doesn't think the 25-year-old will start in Russian Federation.

The France global was criticised for his performances last season and was publicly called out for his displays several times by boss Jose Mourinho.

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.

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

Pogba and France open their campaign in Group C against Australia at the Kazan Arena on Saturday, followed by fixtures against Peru and Denmark. As midfield players you need to defend first and that is what he is doing, he is focusing on the team.

With a similar, but more accurate, passing range and better ability to retain the ball under pressure, Tolisso is perhaps the more trustworthy midfield option for counter-attacking football, certainly in a two-man pivot..

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"Don't take any of Olivier's quality away from him".

However, as history has shown, more often than not, it is the team that gels, plays to a plan and hold their nerve in the tense moments that end up lifting that glinting golden trophy.

In that time, the former Chelsea and Marseille centre-back won both the World Cup in 1998 and then Euro 2000 just two years later in a period of dominance for the French national side.

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