Pogba Barracked At End Of Embarrassing Defeat
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was involved in a spat with a section of the club’s supporters following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City.
The France international has had a disappointing season with bouts of poor form sandwiching an impressive run following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Pogba is now being linked with Real Madrid but he was barracked by fans following Sunday’s home loss.
The Frenchman was seen applauding home supporters in an almost empty Old Trafford, but one fan shouted in the direction of Pogba and nearby United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he should be sold. The £89million signing gave a disapproving look before sarcastically applauding and waving.
Another video shows a fan shouting to Pogba: “f*** off, You’re f****** s***”.
Pogba shrugs his shoulders but the man also makes reference to Pogba’s activity on Instagram before telling him to “f*** off once again.
Sunday’s result capped a poor season for Manchester United. The Red Devils were 19 points behind top spot in the Premier League at the time of Jose Mourinho’s sacking just before Christmas. They ended the season 32 points behind Premier League title-winners Manchester City – and 32 points in front of Cardiff in the third relegation place.
Pogba’s contribution of 16 goals and 11 assists was his best in the three seasons since he moved to Old Trafford but the perception is that his overall contribution to the side has been poor.
But after the game Solskjaer hinted that his immediate priority is a return to the top four rather than a direct challenge for the Premier League title.
“We’re used to challenging for the Premier League and that’s not going to be sorted quickly,” Solksjaer said.
“Realistically you’re not going to catch however many points – we’re 32 points behind the top teams. We’ve got to realistically challenge for the top four and another trophy.
“Last time we were in the Europa League with Jose (Mourinho) and loads of these players, we won it. The FA Cup and the Carabao Cup, they’re trophies we’ve got to start the season aiming to win.”
It won’t be music to the ears of Manchester United supporters but it highlights the size of the task facing the Norwegian.