Paul Pogba has undoubtedly been the most improved player since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at the Manchester United helm.
The Frenchman has become a real talisman of the team, leading by his crucial presence in the middle of the pitch, whilst contributing with abundant goals and assists.
The 25-year-old was expected to be the star of the show when the Red Devils took on Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week as well, but it wasn’t to be.
The 2018 World Cup winner was marked tightly throughout, which prevented him from pulling the strings. He also conceded numerous fouls, which ultimately resulted in him getting sent off, after having picked up his second yellow card on the night.
The red card means Pogba is set to miss the second leg of the Round of 16 encounter in Paris, which will be a huge miss for Manchester United, who hope to come back from a 2-goal deficit against the French champions.
But the France international was well aware of the overall implications of the referee’s decision, and after having taken his walk off the pitch, the player let his frustration show in the team dressing room by smashing up his locker, reports The Sun’s Neil Custis.
Pogba later apologised to his teammates for getting sent off, before Solskjaer entered the dressing room to give the team a Sir Alex Ferguson-esque hairdryer treatment.
Speaking of Ole’s rant, an inside source revealed: “He told them that they tried to play the game as if it was a one-legged tie.
“He wanted them to remain patient and not to concede easy goals and they then went and conceded from a relatively easy set piece. Everything just went downhill from there.”