Premier League: Now Pogba feels chill from Manchester United fans after Arsenal snub

Premier League: Now Pogba feels chill from Manchester United fans after Arsenal snub

‘What do you expect me to say?’: Now Paul Pogba feels chill from Manchester United fans after Arsenal snub

  • Paul Pogba played a bit-part role in Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal
  • He and Romelu Lukaku both started on the bench for the Premier League clash
  • The Frenchman received a mixed reception when he came on for Jesse Lingard¬†¬†

Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail

Paul Pogba left Old Trafford on Wednesday night with the stony-faced expression of a man who continues to be less than happy with life at Manchester United.

Asked to comment on his bit-part role in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal, the club’s record ¬£89million signing shrugged and said ‘what do you expect me to say?’ before disappearing into the night.

Pogba had been benched for the second time in four games along with United’s other most expensive acquisition Romelu Lukaku.

Unhappy Paul Pogba sat on the bench for most of Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Arsenal

Unhappy Paul Pogba sat on the bench for most of Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Arsenal

Unhappy Paul Pogba sat on the bench for most of Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal

Frenchman received a mixed reception when he came on for Jesse Lingard in the 75th minute

Frenchman received a mixed reception when he came on for Jesse Lingard in the 75th minute

Frenchman received a mixed reception when he came on for Jesse Lingard in the 75th minute

The Frenchman received a mixed reception when he came on for Jesse Lingard in the 75th minute and was first out of the exit afterwards, closely followed by Lukaku.

It wasn’t as if they were being rested for more important games either.

Arsenal are a far tougher proposition than bottom-of-the-table Fulham will be on Saturday, and then United fly to Spain for what could be a largely irrelevant final Champions League group game against Valencia.

Jose Mourinho was making a statement by dropping his two biggest names despite already being without Alexis Sanchez, who returned to Chile on Monday for treatment on his hamstring injury.

It’s understood that Pogba was uppermost in Mourinho’s mind when he accused some of his players of being afflicted by ‘a virus’ running through the club before Saturday’s draw at Southampton.

Jose Mourinho was making a statement by dropping both Pogba and striker Romelu Lukaku

Jose Mourinho was making a statement by dropping both Pogba and striker Romelu Lukaku

Jose Mourinho was making a statement by dropping both Pogba and striker Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku was left on the bench, with Marcus Rashford preferred through the middle

Lukaku was left on the bench, with Marcus Rashford preferred through the middle

Lukaku was left on the bench, with Marcus Rashford preferred through the middle

After another careless performance from the Frenchman, Pogba was immediately informed that he would be dropped for the Arsenal game.

Mourinho pointedly wrote in his programme notes: ‘There isn’t space for people that are not ready to give it their all.’ While the manager’s issue with Pogba is one of attitude and application, Lukaku is more a matter of confidence. Prior to his goal at Southampton, the Belgian hadn’t scored in 12 games for his club.

With Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in attack against Arsenal, and Ander Herrera taking Pogba’s place in midfield, United played with more zest and that was appreciated by fans.

‘We need happiness on the pitch,’ said Mourinho. ‘We need people who give that good feeling, and the three young guys (Rashford, Lingard and Martial), quite light, were alive, agile, creative. The midfield was strong, Herrera pressed so so well and so so hard.’ With so many games coming up over Christmas, Mourinho will need to use his squad. Pogba and Lukaku will be back, possibly as soon as Saturday.

But Mourinho is clearly losing patience with his stars, and former United midfielder Paul Ince, for one, believes he is right to get tough with them.

Former United midfielder Paul Ince says many fans wouldn't be sad to see Pogba leave the club

Former United midfielder Paul Ince says many fans wouldn't be sad to see Pogba leave the club

Former United midfielder Paul Ince says many fans wouldn’t be sad to see Pogba leave the club

‘I’m getting bored of them both,’ Ince told Paddy Power News on Thursday.

‘Against Arsenal, the game was quite exciting and fun until those two came on the pitch.

‘He did the right thing in dropping Pogba and Lukaku. They don’t seem remotely interested, and they’re just not good enough.

‘Lukaku isn’t scoring goals at the moment. And when he isn’t scoring goals, what is he good for? Nothing. He brings nothing to the table.

‘When it comes to Pogba. It’s just another drama, another chapter in the life of him. He was atrocious against Southampton and didn’t deserve to be picked for a game like Arsenal.

‘You can see the mood of the fans changing, and their attitude and tolerance towards Pogba too.

‘It’s rare that United fans would boo a player, but they’re getting sick of his behaviour. There aren’t many United fans that would be sad to see him go.’





Source by [author_name]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *