Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday was arguable one of the most scintillating Premier League matches on Saturday. However, Paul Pogba would likely disagree after his red card.
The Frenchman was given his marching orders in the second half at the Emirates after a serious challenge on Hector Bellerin, with replays showing the the Frenchman’s studs up while the Spaniard went to ground in an unorthodox manner.
Nevertheless, Andre Marriner decided that Pogba would be given a straight red, and former official and now Sky Sports guest Dermot Gallagher has agreed with the ref decision on Pogba.
“I think it’s a red card,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s a tremendous spot by the referee. I didn’t expect a red card until I saw the replay. It’s serious foul play. Where he went was dangerous with excessive force, without doubt it’s a red card.”
Undeniably, the incident will continue to raise serious debate regardless of what current and former referees think, and it will hurt Pogba specifically given that the former Juventus midfielder will be suspended for the visit of Manchester City on Sunday.
It’s a hugely important clash between the two Manchester clubs as they’re fighting hard over the Premier League title this season, and while it may not be decisive, if Pep Guardiola’s side go 11 points clear with a win, it’s hard to see the Red Devils clawing their way back.
During Pogba’s spell on the sidelines in October and November, it was evident how much the Red Devils missed his presence and the Frenchman’s power in the middle of the park, and Man United will have to make do without him for the next three domestic games now too.