Paul Pogba says Granada’s players were trying to get him sent off during his fleeting appearance for Manchester United in the Europa League quarter-finals.
The Frenchman started the second leg against the La Liga outfit at Old Trafford as United earned a second successive 2-0 win and a 4-0 aggregate victory, but he was replaced at half-time by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After teeing up an early goal for Edinson Cavani, Pogba had been booked in the 17th minute of the match and soon committed a second foul that led to several Granada protests.
These angered the former Juventus midfielder, who hit out at the opposition after the match.
“Some tackles, a yellow card. I had to come off obviously,” he told BT Sport when summing up the match.
“The yellow card was unfortunate. It wasn’t a yellow card for me but you have to accept it. We won the game, that’s the most important thing.
“I know the foul just after it, I saw all the players trying to get me out. [Solskjaer thought] it’s better I come off before the red card.”
The Norwegian agreed, saying that he didn’t want to put Pogba at risk of a red card.
“”Sometimes Paul wants to win so much, he went into a couple of tackles after his yellow card but I thought I don’t want to risk that [being sent off] even though he played so well,” he said.
We missed three today [Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay through suspension].
“The season has been hard enough as it is.”
United will now face Serie A side Roma in the last four.