Those comments will have won him little favour in Manchester, with his latest comments on the most "difficult period" of his career also expected to ruffle feathers at a Premier League heavyweight. And suddenly that changes. Back on global duty, Pogba has now admitted that the start to the season with United has been the most hard spell of his entire career, with the chance to meet up with his France teammates a welcome break. I am finding myself again. That's the sort of performance that I need to produce and I need to do so consistently.
Both teams shared the points in a goalless stalemate in the first group meeting at the Stade de France last month.
The 27-year-old Pogba returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016 under a record deal at the time. "I was talking with Antoine [Griezmann] and Raphael [Varane] on Saturday". When we come here, we're all happy.
"Paul, I know him well and he knows the group well", Deschamps said. We have a truly fantastic squad. We are on the pitch, enjoying ourselves.
Success has been enjoyed on an global stage, while collecting the odd piece of silverware at club level, but the 27-year-old remains a divisive figure for many.
Pogba will feel rejuvenated once more by his time with his French teammates.
A substitute for the friendly loss against Finland, Anthony Martial was rested by Didier Deschamps for the game against Portugal, which he started.