Manchester United Football Club’s defence of the FA Cup is over. Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils were dumped out by Chelsea last night, in a game that was, once again, ruined by a controversial refereeing decision. Ander Herrera saw red cards for two very questionable bookable offences.
After the game, one man, in particular, came in for a large amount of stick all over social media, and it is no surprises who; the most expensive footballer on the planet, Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman was brilliant in the first thirty minutes of the match until Herrera saw red, but from that point on, the 23-year-old struggled to deal with N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic.
Twitter was awash with comments about just how poor Pogba had played, but I will back him here. He was outnumbered two to one in the middle of the park for the most part, against a very good Chelsea side. Nobody in world football would have had a good game doing that job last night.
Anyway, we’ve compiled a list of tweets below, with both sides of the argument covered. I know which one I’m firmly on…
Check out the tweets aimed at Paul Pogba here:
Nearest Pogba got to Kante all night was when he hugged him-when the game was over #90K
— Jack Dearden (@TheJackDearden) March 13, 2017
Pogba should be embarrassed for laughing around with Conte and Kante.
Back in SAF days, you do that and you're out of the club.
— Moonis (@Moeen_MUFC) March 13, 2017
Pogba's fee is not his fault, but surely asking for one good performance isn't too much?
— Andrew Richardson (@acrutd) March 13, 2017
Pogba isn't a terrible player. He just isn't playing terribly well. Really don't know what else to say about him.
— Anna_MUFC (@mufc_anna) March 13, 2017
Hate getting on his case but the way Pogba was dispossessed on the edge of our box was abysmal. I'd actually sub him cos he's given up
— Jay (@RFFH) March 13, 2017
Some did give the Frenchman backing, though:
Seeing criticism of Pogba again. Totally unjustified tonight. Was very good till the sending off, barely saw the ball after. Outnumbered
— theunitedpages (@theunitedpages) March 13, 2017
Pogba is being slated for literally playing by himself in midfield vs a superior side with more numbers? What the hell United fans. Shocker.
— All For United (@allforunited) March 14, 2017
I know we're all having a go at United, but on a serious note, Pogba is vastly superior to Kanté. It's not even close.
— RG⁶ (@registability) March 13, 2017