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Category: Paul Pogba

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‘It’s not coming home’: England’s anthem returns to haunt them

Is what started as an ironic nostalgic chant being seen as hubris by rival nations?When the French midfielder Paul Pogba danced with the World Cup trophy on Sunday night, he laughed as he delivered a message for fans watching on his Instagram video liv…

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From doubted to dominator: Paul Pogba’s World Cup evolution

The midfielder came in to the tournament with concerns about his role in the team; he ended it dabbing and dancing as the heart of the France sideIf ever there was a time for Paul Pogba to dab and dance, to snapchat and sing to his heart’s content with…

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Cautious France embrace Didier Deschamps’ men and prepare to party

Fans hope lessons of the past have been learned as country aims to cement its place as a football superpowerAs France prepares for Sunday’s World Cup final against Croatia, the mood on the street is one of football frenzy.Fan zones across the country a…

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Has the penny finally dropped for newly-disciplined Paul Pogba?

The France midfielder has been a revelation in Russia, sacrificing his own game for the benefit of the team in a manner rarely seen during his Manchester United careerSamuel Umtiti was first up, with Paul Pogba to follow, as France looked ahead to Sund…

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Paul Pogba and France finally primed to atone for Euro 2016 | David Hytner

• ‘We have started our dream and now we need to finish it’• Pogba one of only six survivors from defeat by Portugal It was an impassioned soliloquy from Paul Pogba and one that bears retelling precisely as he performed it. The France midfielder could r…

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The Football Atlas: the illustrations putting the World Cup on the map

Michael Raisch has combined his love of maps, football and design to create a series of love letters to the World Cup Interview by Will Sharp for These Football TimesArtist and designer Michael Raisch has combined his expertise in photorealistic portr…

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Paul Pogba ‘having fun’ and ignoring being ‘most criticised player in world’

‘I treat criticism like I did when I was a kid. I never listen to it’Pogba believes France must improve after beating Australia 2-1After playing an instrumental role in both goals as France opened their World Cup with a win against Australia, Paul Pogb…

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Paul Pogba surges to centre stage at Wembley with display of art and graft | Barney Ronay

Midfielder recovered from a shaky start against Spurs to showcase his silky creative gifts in the game’s pivotal momentsIt seems safe to say Paul Pogba won’t ever please everyone. Not least when so many of those watching seem so eager to be displeased:…

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Football transfer rumours: Juventus set to sign Premier League trio?

Today’s fluff met a hula mistress somewhere in Waikiki Juventus hope to re-land Paul Pogba in the summer, after their general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, told reporters: “I do not believe in players coming back after having gone away – but there are exc…

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Mourinho rejects claim that Pogba’s West Brom display was ‘disrespectful’ – video

José Mourinho says he does not agree with Paul Scholes’ view that Paul Pogba’s performance against West Brom was disrespectful to him, but said the midfielder’s performance was ‘not good at all’. Mourinho also praised his side’s overall display against…

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José Mourinho says Manchester United semi-final places are up for grabs

• ‘What is the criteria to choose a team? The way they play’• Manager explains substitution of Paul Pogba against West BromJosé Mourinho has appeared to question the ambition of some Manchester United players after the defeat by West Bromwich Albion th…

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Romelu Lukaku is not alone: myth of the ‘big-game bottler’ is rife | Sean Ingle

Striker was poor in United’s defeat of City in Manchester derby but time may prove he is no ‘flat-track bully’, as it has with many a player – even Cristiano RonaldoIt was a shot heard around the world. First Cristiano Ronaldo leapt, twisted and arched…

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend round-up of the best photography from England’s top flight• Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photographyThe Dozen archive Continue reading…

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Paul Pogba highlights ‘if only’ feeling despite his performance of season | Jamie Jackson

The United midfielder was a force of nature in the Manchester derby but can he produce that form week in, week out to ensure his side are not left as also-rans again in the title race?Is Paul Pogba on the cusp of greatness or will Saturday’s barnstormi…

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José Mourinho hails ‘phenomenal’ Paul Pogba after Manchester United sink City

• Two-goal midfielder was pivotal figure in comeback from 2-0 down• Pep Guardiola says he spoke to Pogba to congratulate the playerPaul Pogba was the pivotal figure in the memorable Manchester derby that prevented the Premier League leaders wrapping up…

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Paul Pogba left exposed by Mino Raiola’s war of words with Pep Guardiola | Daniel Taylor

Offering Paul Pogba to his club’s rivals is a classic, aggressive Mino Raiola trick. But does this join up some of the dots when it comes to the deterioration in the player’s form?The first time Zlatan Ibrahimovic met Mino Raiola, the agent who has loo…

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Pep Guardiola claims he was offered Paul Pogba this season by Mino Raiola

• Guardiola says agent invited him to buy Manchester United player• Manchester City manager rounds on Raiola, who called him ‘a dog’Pep Guardiola has said he was offered Manchester United’s Paul Pogba this season by Mino Raiola, with Manchester City’s …

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José Mourinho denies Paul Pogba’s dip is a hangover from hamstring injury

• Manchester United manager says midfielder recovered well • Mourinho expects criticised Luke Shaw to stay at Old TraffordJosé Mourinho denied Paul Pogba’s drop in form is a hangover from the serious hamstring injury he suffered in September, with Manc…

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Paul Pogba was colossal for France but they need to sort out their defence

Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé shone against Russia but France should forget about winning the World Cup with this defenceBy Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsPaul Pogba’s ferocious performance against an admittedly poor Russia team on Tuesday was s…

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Kylian Mbappé and Paul Pogba fire France to friendly win over Russia

• Russia have now failed to win any of their past seven games• Manchester United’s Pogba scores with stunning free-kickKylian Mbappé’s double dealt another blow to the World Cup preparations of the hosts Russia, as France claimed a 3-1 friendly win in …