Manchester United have been brought crashing back down to earth thanks to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Red Devils looked second-best for the majority of the encounter at Old Trafford, with Thomas Tuchel devising the perfect game-plan to blunt the Red Devils’ best player; Paul Pogba.
Our French hero was man-marked out of the game from the first minute. As the game wore on, Pogba’s frustration grew. He was finding it hard to create space, he struggled to carve out chances, and in the end he saw red for a cynical tackle deep in injury time.
After the game, former United man Paul Ince wasn’t best pleased with the Frenchman, as he labelled Pogba’s actions as ‘stupid behaviour’.
‘Paul Pogba really let himself down against PSG. Just when he’s won the fans over, and he’s doing everything you expect of a top player, he goes and behaves like that’, he said, per the Daily Mail.
‘I know it’s because he was frustrated at the game, but also it’s because Marquinhos was too good for him, he did a real job on him.
‘The first yellow card he got was pure petulance – and the second challenge should’ve been a straight red anyway.
‘I’d say other teams will be taking notes, knowing they too can mark Pogba out of the game. And just like that, he’s out of the second leg. It’s stupid behaviour.
‘He’s been a talisman under Ole, and to lose him for that game is beyond disappointing.’
I find it tough to disagree with Ince here. All he’s done is ruled himself out of the opportunity of returning to his homeland and playing in another huge Champions League match.
It was a horrendous tackle on Dani Alves and one that could have arguably been a straight red if he’d not already been booked.
He has been our best player since Solskjaer took charge, and the game at the Parc des Princes just got a whole lot tougher without him on the field.
If there is some good news, though, it’s the fact that Pogba will now be fresh for the huge Premier League fixtures that are just on the horizon. First and foremost, it’s about qualifying for the Champions League next season.