Paul Pogba reacted angrily to his red card in the dressing room afer the game against Paris Saint Germain in the first-leg.
Manchester United suffered their first defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this week as the side faced a 2-0 loss to PSG.
Presnal Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were on target as the side defeated the host side emphatically.
However, Solskjaer’s men faced another setback late in the game after Paul Pogba received a red card. He is ruled out for the second leg in Paris.
And according to reports, Pogba didn’t seem to take the decision by the referee well as he returned to the dressing room after the game.
The referee penalised Pogba for a reckless challenge on Dani Alves in the 89th minute. Daily Mail reports that Pogba banged his locker multiple times in the dressing room, before apologizing to his teammates.
A source quoted by the English newspaper said, “Pogba was distraught and he apologised to all of his team-mates. He felt as if he had let them down and he is now gutted to be missing the second leg. He banged his locker in anger several times.”
Pogba was distraught and apologised to all of his teammates after the PSG game. He felt as if he’d let them down and he ‘banged’ his locker several times #mulive [mirror]
— utdreport (@utdreport) February 14, 2019
Another player talking about ‘feeling’ and ‘instinct’…and the gap between what the coach can see (outside the game) and what the player can feel inside the game.
“Only the player can feel that..” pic.twitter.com/JkPt1TzH9X
— Dan Wright (@coachdanwright) February 15, 2019
Paul Pogba has been one of the best players under Solskjaer. While Marquinhos did a fine job in man-marking Pogba, thus negating his impact on the game, the French midfielder’s performances inspired United to many wins under the Norweigan manager.
Pogba scored 8 goals and assisted five in the 10 games he played under Solskjaer before facing PSG.
Solskjaer was critical of his side after the game, but insisted that the clash against PSG served as a reality-check for the side.
“We weren’t at the level. This is a level up from what we have played against with the games we’ve had,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve had a great run, we came into this game in a great frame of mind, great form but of course it was a big step up, they have quality from the keeper to the striker.
Rafael: “Many players have skills, but they need a coach who’s going to make them play for him. This happened to Pogba. He wasn’t happy, he wasn’t smiling. A player like Pogba, if he doesn’t smile, if he doesn’t want to play, it’s hard. Now, they all want to play.” #mufc [Goal]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) February 15, 2019
“There is a reason behind them being one of the favourites for the Champions League. That’s the level we need to aim for at this club.
“Of course it’s a reality check. The top four is one thing but we want to be at the top and Manchester United should be at the top.”