Egypt WC opponents: Russian Federation fall to France by score of 3-1

Egypt WC opponents: Russian Federation fall to France by score of 3-1

Javier Howell
March 30, 2018

Pogba hadn't grabbed a goal and an assist in a game for United since November 18 of past year - the last time he actually scored a goal.

The likes of Scott McTominay and Marouane Fellaini have been preferred by the Red Devils boss.

The midfielder netted a brilliant free kick and Kylian Mbappe scored twice as the 1998 champions beat World Cup hosts Russian Federation 3-1 in a friendly on Tuesday to bounce back from last Friday's 3-2 home defeat by Colombia.

Pogba has played 27 games for United so far this season, scoring three goals and assisting a further 10 strikes.

Deschamps is prepared to echo that sentiment, and both the France manager and Mourinho have agreed on the need to press Pogba to reapply himself to the game.

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Again dribbling past the hapless Neustaedter, the Paris Saint-Germain forward knocked the ball through goalkeeper Lunyov's legs.

Pogba was fouled by Aleksandr Erokhin 25 yards out and the Manchester United star brilliantly curled home the subsequent free-kick into the bottom corner.

The Russians, who will stage this year's footballing spectacular, have won just one of their last four outings and were most recently beaten 3-0 by fellow World Cup contestants and record title holders Brazil.

Half-time substitute Igor Smolnikov picked out Smolov with a superb diagonal pass and the latter kept his composure to finish at the far post. "So close to the World Cup, questions are being asked as to why it wasn't dealt with as it occurred during play".

Russia's home opener at the World Cup will be against Saudi Arabia, taking place on the 14th of June.