Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba insists it’s time to ‘wake up’ and ‘step up’ after the side’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were mauled on their home turf by their arch rivals, who effectively knocked United out of the title race and piled the pressure on the Norwegian’s position.
United fielded the same XI that came back to win 3-2 against Atalanta on Wednesday but they were behind within six minutes against Liverpool and failed to lay a glove on Jurgen Klopp’s men afterwards.
A Mohamed Salah brace before the break meant United were 4-0 down at half-time for the first time in Premier League history.
Solskjaer reacted by taking off Mason Greenwood and bringing on Pogba to shore up the midfield but the Frenchman lasted just 15 minutes as he was red carded for a nasty challenge on Naby Keita.
‘No time to feel sorry for ourselves,’ said Pogba. ‘Wake up, step up and make the next days better.’
Pogba was blasted by Paul Scholes after the defeat, with the former England midfielder suggesting the Frenchman should never play for the club again.
‘Paul Pogba coming on to the pitch at half time to try to help the team and maybe get a little bit of respectability about it, tries to stand on the ball, tries to show how strong he is in the middle of the pitch… gives the goal away,’ said Scholes.
‘Then later on gets sent off with a ridiculous tackle, now you’re 5-0 down with 10 men.
‘You’d have to think, if Ole’s still a manager there, will we see Paul Pogba again in a United shirt? He’s caused mayhem over the last couple of years. Everybody knows what a talent he is, everybody trusts him, every manager trusts him, tried to give him his head and let him be the player he’s been.
‘But with all the commotion, not signing his contract, almost holding the club to ransom, and then he comes on and does something like that.
It’s not Ole’s fault, don’t get me wrong, but that’s part of it which almost summed the United performance up today.
‘Look, he probably will play [again] won’t he? But I don’t think they will be missing anything if he doesn’t.
‘He’s had numerous chances, he keeps saying he lacks consistency, but that is just [a lack of] discipline and disrespect for your manager and your teammates, what he’s done today.’
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