“It was heated between us more than once, but Jose will never attack people he doesn’t like,” Drogba, described by Mourinho as “a great friend…who will be part of my life forever” in 2013, told Telefoot .
“He likes Paul a lot. It’s why he’s given him a lot of responsibility.”
Pogba was left out of the starting line-up for France’s friendly defeat to Colombia on Friday, in which they surrendered a 2-0 lead at Stade de France to lose 3-2.
Deschamps says he has spoken at length with the former Juventus star and believes part of the problem stems from a lack of mental and physical sharpness.
“I had a long exchange with him to understand,” he said. “He’s having a difficult period in Manchester, which is also linked to physical problems, the head as well… It’s a bit of both.”
The uncertainty around Pogba underlines what has been a tricky time for the player since returning to United in 2016 for a then-record transfer fee of £89.3million, though his agent Mino Raiola believes United underpaid considerably for the former Juventus man.