Pogba accuses Granada players after admitting he "had to" come off at half-time

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.

Pogba was booked in the first half
Pogba was booked in the first half

“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].

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“The season has been hard enough as it is.”

United will now face Serie A side Roma in the last four.



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