Graeme Souness has once again criticised Paul Pogba, this time for a reckless challenge on Ruben Neves against Wolves.
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has called out Paul Pogba yet again, shortly after his challenge on Ruben Neves during Manchester United’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Recently making the headlines after re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, the Red Devils endured a difficult game against the West Midlands outfit at the Molineux but were bailed out by a late goal from Mason Greenwood. It was a difficult game for Paul Pogba, who was relocated in a deeper role by Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Frenchman struggled to impact the game as much as he did in the first few matches. His rash tackle on Ruben Neves made the evening even worse, especially after the referee did not award any foul, causing a furore on social media.
One of Pogba’s biggest critics, Graeme Souness was quick to react as well. Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the former Liverpool star called out the Man United midfielder over his tackle on Neves.
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“That is a leg breaker. Look how close the referee is, that’s a leg breaker. Any player who has ever played the game, he’s standing two yards away from it, they will tell you that’s a dangerous challenge.”, Souness said, as quoted by Mirror.
He then added: “That referee has deemed that not a foul. That is impossible for anyone who knows anything about football to say that’s not a foul.”
However, many on social media called out Souness himself for his alleged hypocrisy, having been infamously known for his deadly challenge on Gheorghe Rotariu, during the 1988 game between Rangers and Steaua Bucharest.
Many believe that the Scotsman’s tackle on the Romanian was equally a leg-breaker, although fellow Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane echoed Souness’ statement, stating: “If they’d have given the foul straight away not one United player would’ve complained – not one. He’s off his feet and he catches him”
Pogba’s challenge was the second time the Premier League refs and VAR have been called into question this weekend, after Reece James’ penalty incident during Chelsea’s game against Liverpool on Saturday. It appears the questionable standard of English refereeing has already started to take its toll on the Premier League and it will be interesting to see if any action is taken by the authority to mend such issues.