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Wenger: Pogba lacks his usual physical presence

07 Oct 2019, 22:13 GMT+10

Cape Town - Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reckons Manchester United star Paul Pogba is not at peak fitness and is probably feeling disillusioned at the club.

Pogba was keen on a move away from Old Trafford this summer and his situation is being monitored by a host of top European clubs including Juventus and Real Madrid.

The France international has missed United's last two matches against AZ Alkmaar and Newcastle United with an ongoing foot issue.

And his compatriot Wenger thinks Pogba's fitness and mentality is hampering his progress at United.

"First of all, I think Paul Pogba, since the start of the season, has never been completely fit injury wise," Wenger told .

"He doesn't look, I've seen him the other night against Arsenal, he doesn't look completely confident physically and he's the type of player who has a huge physical power. He needs to be perfectly fit physically.

"After that, when a player wants to leave and you stop him from leaving, you know you go through a process of rebuilding the relationship that the first thing that suffers is the performances," said Wenger.

"I personally think he behaves as well like he knows that Man United at the moment is not the team to compete for the championship.

"And, plus the fact that he was stopped from going away, it looks like the two together a little bit tarnish his performances."

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