‘He’s not concentrating, he doesn’t do his job. It’s ill discipline, and he’s cost his team’: Paul Pogba reacts furiously to Chelsea opener but Jamie Redknapp and Co all blame him
- Jamie Redknapp accused Paul Pogba of being ill disciplined in Chelsea match
- Pogba lost concentration and allowed Antonio Rudiger space to score an opener
- The Manchester United midfielder reacted furiously and tried to pass the buck
- Redknapp and Gary Neville both insisted the Frenchman was at fault for the goal
Paul Pogba stamped his feet into the turf, scrunched his brow and then held his arms aloft as if he was leading some kind of inquest.
This was Pogba’s immediate reaction after Antonio Rudiger had just given Chelsea the lead after being afforded both time and room to head in a corner from close range.
At first, it seemed as if the Manchester United midfielder was berating himself for a slip of concentration, if not perhaps feeling a bit sorry for himself, but then it became apparent he was looking to pass the buck.
Paul Pogba reacted furiously after his mistake allowed Antonio Rudiger to score for Chelsea
The Frenchman lost Rudiger in the box, allowing him to score with a free header in the area
Pogba (circled) picks up Rudiger in the box but as seen in (right picture) quickly loses him
(Left) Pogba desperately tries to get close to Rudiger but can’t get back to stop him scoring
Rudiger was Pogba’s man to pick up, but the Frenchman lost him and United paid for it. The Frenchman jumped in the air in frustration, before turning to blame Victor Lindelof for blocking his path.
Gary Neville – like most who had witnessed it – were not convinced by Pogba’s attempts to deflect responsibility with the former United defender placing sole blame on him for the goal.
He told Sky Sports: ‘Just watching Paul Pogba, he’s sleeping. What’s interesting is his reaction, who’s he blaming?
‘He’s having a go at Lindelof saying ‘You blocked me’. Sorry Paul, he didn’t. he’s marking David Luiz.’
Pogba tried to blame Victor Lindelof, but Gary Neville blamed the Frenchman for ‘sleeping’
Jamie Redknapp accused Pogba of being ill disciplined by letting Rudiger go inside the box
Sky Sports pundit and Sportsmail columnist Jamie Redknapp was equally as critical of Pogba in his assessment of the goal, saying at half-time: ‘The problem is still discipline. We mentioned Paul Pogba at the start of the game, what an important role he has and he doesn’t do well enough.
‘It’s very simple, you’ve got to stay with your man. Rudgier has got too much for him. He’s pointing, he’s not concentrating, he doesn’t do his job. It’s ill discipline, and he’s cost his team.’
Pogba was almost bailed out by Anthony Martial after the striker struck twice in the second half to put United on the verge of a huge three points.
But Ross Barkley was Johnny-on-the-spot to scramble home in the last minute to secure a point which sparked ugly scenes on the touchline with Jose Mourinho clashing with a member of Chelsea’s staff.
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