As if losing to Liverpool by five goals wasn’t enough, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba compounded the club’s misery with his disastrous 15-minute cameo against United’s bitter rivals.
Pogba was left on the bench for the second consecutive game against Jurgen Klopp’s side but was introduced at half-time, with United trailing by four goals to nil.
The Frenchman was never interested in participating in the match and instead decided to get himself sent off with a reckless challenge at a time where his team needed him the most.
The 28-year-old can have no complaints with the decision either, with referee Anthony Taylor initially opting to punish the lunge with a yellow card. It was, however, rightly overturned and changed to a red card following a VAR check.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has now criticised Pogba for his cameo, arguing he should never play for the club again.
“Paul Pogba coming on to the pitch at half-time to try and help the team and maybe get a little respectability about it, tries to stand on the ball, tries to show how strong he is in the middle of the pitch… gives the goal away,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“Then later on gets sent off with a ridiculous tackle. Now you’re 5-0 down with 10 men. You’d have to think, if Ole’s still a manager there, will we see Pogba again in a United shirt?
“He’s caused mayhem over the last couple of years. Everyone knows what a talent he is, everybody trusts him, every manager trusts him, tried to give him his head and let him be the player he’s been.
“But with all the commotion, not signing his contract, almost holding the club to ransom, and then he comes on and does something like that.
“It’s not Ole’s fault, don’t get me wrong, but that’s part of it which almost summed the United performance up today.
“Look, he probably will play [again] won’t he? But I don’t think they will be missing anything if he doesn’t.
“He’s had numerous chances, he keeps saying he lacks consistency, but that is just [a lack of] discipline and disrespect for your manager and your team-mates, what he’s done today.”