After an indifferent club campaign with Manchester United, Paul Pogba has been busy enjoying a successful summer with France at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Les Bleus midfield maestro has been a key feature of Didier Deschamps’ side and they are now preparing for a crucial clash in the final against fellow impressive nation Croatia on Sunday.
France are regarded as the odds-on 10/11 favourites in the football betting to come out on top in the final against underdogs Croatia, after enjoying a successful campaign so far on their Russian ventures.
Pogba was on the receiving end of plenty of criticism as per usual throughout the Premier League season for Manchester United, though it was somewhat undeserving as he helped the Red Devils finish second and reach an FA Cup final.
Overall in the top tier division in England, the Frenchman made 27 appearances, netting six goals along the way and making ten assists in total as well. Meanwhile, he racked up a single assist in five Champions League outings and featured on three occasions across the FA Cup.
Due to his price tag, many are quick to jump on Pogba when his statistics don’t look all that impressive, but he was a key figure for Jose Mourinho throughout the term nevertheless.
His influence on a team has been evident this summer too, with the French ace clearly out to prove a point and showcase exactly what he can do.
If the midfielder can arrive back at Old Trafford next season with a World Cup winners’ medal around his neck, he’ll hold plenty of confidence and momentum heading back to club duties. Although, this, of course, will add even further pressure and expectations on his already heavy shoulders when linking up for pre-season on the red half of Manchester.
Croatia are the nation that stands in the way of France securing their first World Cup triumph since their famous success back in 1998, when current national coach Deschamps captained his country to the crown on home soil.
Pogba has been one of the main features of Deschamps’ success to date this summer, as the Red Devils playmaker flourishes in the centre of the pitch alongside both Chelsea anchorman N’Golo Kante and PSG engine Blaise Matuidi.
The main man so far Les Bleus has undoubtedly been PSG starlet Kylian Mbappe, who has fired himself into the running for a potential Golden Ball victory. If the teenage sensation doesn’t win the personal award this summer, then it will likely go to Croatia’s mercurial and inspirational captain Luka Modric, who looks set to be France’s key threat on Sunday.
The battle in the heart of midfield between Pogba and Modric could prove to be decisive in terms of where the World Cup trophy goes. France are still hurting from that Euro 2016 final defeat to Portugal on home soil, but fans will forget that if they can rally to a famous success over Croatia in Russia this weekend.