Paul Pogba important for France at World Cup, says Bacary Sagna


Bacary Sagna has defended Paul Pogba following criticism of his form

Bacary Sagna says he is “looking forward to seeing Paul Pogba shine” at the World Cup and believes he will play an “important” role for France.

Pogba has struggled for consistency with Manchester United this season and his performances have been met by criticism, but the midfielder says he is judged differently to others in his position.

Sagna is in agreement with his compatriot and believes expectations are greater for the 25-year-old due to his £93.25m price tag.

“Paul is a special character and he’s very important for the team,” Sagna told Sky Sports News.

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“He had a so-so season with Manchester United because he got a lot of criticism because when you cost £100m people expect you to score many goals, people expect you to make a lot more.

“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.

“That’s what he’s been doing, but I’m looking forward to seeing him shining and he’s going to shine.”

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France share World Cup Group C with Denmark, Peru and Australia, who they kick-start their campaign against on Saturday.

Pogba registered six goals and ten assists in 27 Premier League appearances this term.