Chelsea legend Didier Drogba expects Paul Pogba to shine for France at the World Cup, saying that Jose Mourinho’s treatment of him last season will push him to do well in Russia.
Pogba was excluded from Manchester United’s starting XI for some important matches last term, including both Champions League last-16 clashes against Sevilla.
Mourinho was not home with Pogba’s performance and Pep Guardiola claimed in April that the Frenchman was offered to Manchester City in the January transfer window. However, Drogba has backed Mourinho’s treatment of Pogba and says it could help him in Russia.
‘I think he does deliver,’ Drogba told the BBC via Metro Uk.
‘The fact that he’s had difficult moments in the last few months at United [has meant] he’s been quiet on social media.
‘He’s been focusing on getting in the starting line-up. ‘I think this will help him. He wants to prove to people that he can be the man.’
France are favourites to top their group consisting of Australia, Peru and Denmark. Speculation in the build-up to today suggested Pogba could be dropped from France’s starting line-up to face Australia but he was selected to start by Didier Deschamps.