Graeme Souness: France should only use Paul Pogba as an impact substitute

Paul Pogba should be on the bench for France at the World Cup because he cannot be trusted in central midfield, according to Graeme Souness.

The Sky Sports pundit believes Didier Deschamps will struggle to find a system to get the best out of the Manchester United midfielder in Russia this summer.

Pogba increasingly found himself left out or substituted in a number of big games by Jose Mourinho towards the end of last season.

And Souness believes Deschamps will face the same problems as Mourinho trying to coax the best form out of the enigmatic 25-year-old.

‘There are question marks about France. Like Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Didier Deschamps struggles to find a system that gets the best out of Paul Pogba,’ he wrote in The Sunday Times.

‘He should draw a line under that. You can’t trust him as a central midfielder and, ultimately, that’s how Deschamps will see it. He could use Pogba as an impact substitute.

‘If you’re 1-0 up, you’re not bringing him on to close the game down. If you’re chasing the game, he might do something, but still doesn’t understand the midfield role properly.’

Pogba started in France’s final warm-up match on Saturday night as they were held to a 1-1 draw by the USA in Lyon.

Kylian Mbappe spared the hosts’ blushes with a second half equaliser after Julian Green’s opener on the stroke of half time.

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