Paul Pogba has opened up on what’s like to share the pitch with youngsters like Kylian Mbappe and Marcus Rashford, who he thinks are the “future of football”.
Pogba has the luck of being able to boast about playing in the same team as both Mbappe and Rashford, who are both being widely hailed as the next big stars in European football.
The 26-year-old midfielder played a key role in securing France only their second World Cup title last summer in Russia alongside Mbappe, and will be expected to perform more of the same in Les Bleus’ Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.
On the other hand, Pogba hasn’t been able to enjoy the same level of success with Rashford at Manchester United with both players notably struggling under Jose Mourinho.
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as caretaker manager has seen a welcome boost in form for the duo and they remain in the hunt for silverware this season after famously helping United secure a sensational last-16 comeback victory over Mbappe’s Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
And now Pogba has given his take on what it’s like to play in the same team as both Mbappe and Rashford.
“It helps me because they’re both fast,” Pogba told Eurosport. “They call for the ball a lot, which helps me when I have the ball.
“They call for it, I try to make the best pass and they finish – so it benefits me.
“I like playing with young, talented players like them. They are the future of football and my partnership with them is good.”
The former Juventus star revealed he’s begun to represent a better public image for himself in light of France’s World Cup triumph.
Pogba added: “After the World Cup, there was another picture of me. I tried to show another side to myself…a more responsible person, who is professional.
“I wasn’t against the media. I just thought it was useless to speak out against them.
“I spoke with the coach [Didier Deschamps] before the World Cup. He told me I have to be more open. I’m a frank person and sometimes it isn’t too good to talk, but now I am a little more open.
“Now there is a new image that stands out, where I can express myself more.”
France will take on Moldova on Friday for the opening game of their Euro 2020 qualification campaign in Group H, with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).