Pogba got himself in hot water when in a rare interview in the magazine France Football he said
the national team lacked leaders and he could be one if only he was placed in the best position on the field to succeed.
But after a mediocre performance in France's 3-1 win over Italy in its second World Cup tune-up, many have suggested the French midfield would be better off with young Bayern Munich midfielder France midfielder Corentin Tolisso starting in his place.
Deschamps said he was not worried about Pogba's form, and he had talked with him about his performance in the Italy game.
"He knows it -- I've spoken to him -- that it wasn't his best match, that's for sure," said Deschamps at Friday's press conference before the France-USA game. "I know that we speak about Paul a lot. He's a midfielder, he's not a No. 10, he's not a forward. He can score and help others to score."
Deschamps suggested that Pogba is a victim of his talent.
"He's a complete midfielder," said the French coach, a more limited midfielder in his playing days. "He can do everything. But he can't do everything. There's a nuance."
It would be hard to imagine that Pogba doesn't start against Australia next Saturday in Kazan. Deschamps said the team he'll start in the opener will be close to the team that starts against the USA.
Deschamps' other decisions ...
Giroud in attack? Another likely starter in the 4-3-1-2 against the USA -- with the idea he'll start against Australia -- is Olivier Giroud, a forward who is often maligned in France and England, where he now plays for Chelsea, but still produces for Deschamps.
Giroud, who scored his first goal for France in its 1-0 win over the USA in 2011, scored his 31st goal in the 2-0 win over Ireland, tying him with Zinedine Zidane for fourth place on France's all-time scoring list behind Thierry Henry (51), Michel Platini (41) and David Trezeguet (34).
Sidibe and Mendy? Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy, former teammates at Monaco, were both injured for parts of the 2017-18 season, but they are still Deschamps' first choices ahead of Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez, who chose France over Spain. Sidibe and Mendy will start on Saturday.