Man United will see ‘a new Paul Pogba’ after lifting World Cup with France

first_img 2 Pogba scored France’s decisive third goal in the World Cup final against Croatia Pogba found himself out of the Man United team after a run of poor form last season 2 And Laurens believes Pogba will be a changed man and changed player after achieving a boyhood dream by becoming a world champion.“I think this is a new Paul Pogba we’ve never seen before, and it will be a different Paul Pogba we will see from now on,” French football expert Laurens said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He finally realised that he had to mature and grow up to become the player he always wanted to be, to be a player who can take his county to the World Cup and win it.“Before he was still a bit,’ oh look at me, look at what I can do, I can dance, I can do my hair, I can sing, I can do this’, and now he realised he had to make sacrifices on the pitch to get to the next level.”center_img Manchester United will welcome back ‘a new Paul Pogba’ this season after the midfielder helped France to World Cup glory in Russia.That’s according to French football expert Julien Laurens, who believes the Red Devils star has ‘grown up’ and ‘matured’ during this summer’s tournament in Russia.The 25-year-old has faced plenty of criticism in England since his return to Old Trafford from Juventus in a £89million deal in 2016.But he was an outstanding performer for France in Russia and played a key role as Les Bleus lifted the World Cup for only the second time – beating Croatia 4-2 in Sunday’s final.Pogba has impressed with his disciplined displays this summer. While he appeared to struggle under Jose Mourinho’s more defensive regime at United last season, he seemed to thrive under France boss Didier Deschamps with a mixture of defensive and attacking displays. Laurens believes the turning point for Pogba came when he was dropped by Jose Mourinho last season after a run of poor form. The midfielder was believed to be at odds with the United boss, which led to rumours he could look to leave Old Trafford, but France boss Deschamps was there to lift his confidence and inspire him to greatness.“They key thing this season for him was the row he had with Mourinho in March,” Laurens added.“He went to the national team in the same month and he spoke with Deschamps, who said: ‘Mourinho only wants the best for you. He’s not dropping you for fun, he does it because he knows you can do more’.“Deschamps said to him, ‘now you’re going to shut up, you’re going to work hard and you’re going to improve and see where that takes you’ – and it took him to the World Cup. “This is for him” 🙌Paul Pogba paid a touching tribute to his late father as he celebrated #FRA winning the #WorldCup#MUFC— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 16, 2018“What’s really interesting is that on Thursday morning he did his press conference and he said: ‘I don’t like defending, it’s not my stuff’.“But he then said he realised that for France to win this World Cup, he had to give more.“And Umtiti, who is one of his best friends in the squad, said the same thing. He said the team made him realise he was not giving us enough, and if they wanted to win the World Cup he had to do more.“And he did that – He defended, he was disciplined and he was mature. He was a leader on and off the field.”last_img read more

How Meghan Markle keeps Prince Harrys temper in check

first_imgMeghan Markle and Prince HarryGetty ImagesIt’s no surprise that Meghan Markle holds a certain amount of sway over Prince Harry. It was widely publicised how she got him to change his lifestyle for the better. But it seems like the Duchess of Sussex went further by helping him turn into a confident man from an angry teenager.Royal biographer Duncan Larcombe wrote in his book Prince Harry: The Inside Story: “Meeting Meghan and really getting to know her sparked a change in Harry.”On the one hand he was like a school kid in love, but on a far deeper level his relationship with Meghan was helping him to address the things that had troubled him over the years.”Anyone who knew Harry from his teenage years knew he could be angry, that he almost had a self-destruct button when he was in a bad place.” Meghan Markle apparently acts as a check for Prince Harry’s impulses and temper. And we have to say that she is doing a good job. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry were married last year in a gorgeous ceremony and the Royal couple is expecting their first child any day now. The pair look remarkably in love and despite the scrutiny and criticism that seems to follow Meghan, the two are still going strong. The pair have moved to Frogmore Cottage to prepare for the arrival of the Royal baby. But reportedly, Prince Harry could end up missing the birth of his child due to his Royal responsibilities. The Prince is set to leave for the Netherlands soon, but if Meghan Markle goes into labour before that, the trip may be postponed.Meghan Markle had also announced that she will be skipping the post-baby photo on hospital steps. But there will be a formal announcement once the Royal baby is born.last_img read more