The Red Devils kept their pace to stay on the tail of rivals Manchester City after they notched a 3-1 victory courtesy of a brace from Jesse Lingard and an Antonio Valencia goal.
In a match where goalkeeper David de Gea was in outstanding form, Pogba’s red card added more spice on a chilly London night.
Pogba has been influential for Jose’s side since his return from injury, and since the international break in November, he has contributed for the Mancunian club in every Premier League encounter.
Pogba has helped the side win all of their last four games, and with the Manchester Derby next weekend, he is set to be a big miss. And that doesn’t end just there.
Pogba was shown a straight red card for lunging in on Hector Bellerin and stamping on his thigh on the run unintentionally, but it was clumsy enough for the referee to give him the marching orders.
The Frenchman had a good game prior to that, as he bagged two assists in United’s three goals. And now, besides the City game, he is also set to miss the ties against Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion.
The 24-year-old will also face the prospect of additional games out through suspension after sarcastically applauding the decision as he walked off the pitch.
Recently, Jose Mourinho admitted that the club enjoys more power with Pogba in the side, and it was evident when the midfielder missed out with injury, as United faced a period of slump. Now, with the festive fixtures ahead that come in so frequently, he is set to be a big miss for the team.
At a time where the manager would have looked to shuffle his team often, Pogba’s suspension hands him severe limitations.
United are already missing Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick, and now with Pogba out, their midfield will be posed with serious questions.
Although this was just the former Juventus player’s 2nd career red card, it comes during a rather delicate situation for United, as they chase City to get a grip on the title push.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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