Tottenham and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes that Euro 2016 has had an adverse effect on Paul Pogba’s form so far this season.
Les Bleus made it to the final in Paris earlier this summer, only to suffer defeat to Portugal in extra-time before many of their stars were afforded additional time off in pre-season to rest and recover.
Pogba, who re-joined United in a deal worth £89m as noted by The Sun, has come under scrutiny so far this season due to his below-par performances for the Red Devils and for France.
While it could be argued that he needs time to re-adjust to the English game after four years with Juventus in Serie A or that ultimately the weight of the pressure surrounding his transfer and fee are having an influence, Lloris has a different and more realistic theory to offer.
“There are a lot of players who played in the Euros and are experiencing physical difficulties at this moment,” he told the media, as reported by The Sun.
“Their preparation was not ideal for the new season. Paul is one of them. And he has to take on a record transfer to Manchester United.
“There are lots of little things that have slowed him. But we all know he has many qualities and talent that’s why we’re demanding of him, but things will go well for him with work.”
Pogba has made eight appearances for United so far this season, contributing just one goal. Having missed several chances against Stoke City last weekend he will have been left frustrated not to add to his tally, but ultimately he may well be growing into his role under Jose Mourinho and will be expected to improve as the weeks go on.
Given his importance to the team, United will certainly hope he finds his feet sooner rather than later as they look to climb the table after being left in sixth place in the standings after seven games.