Of all the seasons, this has been the most “difficult” for Paul Pogba as he admits the international duty with France has been a “breath of fresh air” after struggling for play minutes under Solskjaer.

The 2020/21 season with Manchester United has been the most difficult period according to Paul Pogba. The midfielder went into international duty having been dropped by Solskjaer at Old Trafford. Pogba saw himself struggle for playtime with Scott McTominay and Fred preferred as the deeper options behind Bruno Fernandes.

Prior to the international break, Solskjaer dropped the French man in their two recent games as the side were beaten by Istanbul and Everton at Goodison Park.

And now, Pogba has claimed that playing Nations League fixtures with the World Cup winners is a much-needed break as he prepares to return to United this week.

The 27-year-old said, “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”.

In France, Pogba has started both of their matches so far in November; a shocking 2-0 home defeat to Finland and France’s superb 1-0 win at reigning European and Nations League champions Portugal.

Consequently, France coach Didier Deschamps, who gave Pogba the major role in the 2018 World Cup-winning squad admits the 27-year-old midfielder is not on his best form and is not “fulfilled in what he does” at Manchester United”.

The national team manager said, “he’s (Pogba) not in his best form of course. It’s hard to remember to be positive. Obviously, he’s not in one of his better periods”.

“Like all players who have a club situation that is not positive, they are also impacted mentally. I know him well enough and it can happen at some points”.

“We cannot, however, say that he is fulfilled in what he does at his club”.