Yesterday saw Manchester United presented with a golden chance to top their Champions League group. All they had to do was win in Valencia seeing as Juventus lost against Young Boy, but a 2-1 defeat left them 2nd. It could have gone so differently, though, had Paul Pogba managed to find the net from a matter of yards away when the score was just 1-0.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 12, 2018
The Manchester United Twitter account dumbed down the miss a tad in their explanation, but it truly was a shocker. Paul Pogba was waiting at the near post as Andreas Perreira whipped in a delightful corner. The outswinging ball was always going to need two touches to turn it into a goal, and after the initial header found its way to Pogba, unmarked at the front-post with the net gaping, he could only put his half-volley into the side netting.
If Pogba could have found the net and forced United back into the game then he would have gone some way to winning back his critics. The Frenchman looks like he’s playing in shackles at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho has got him under lock and key and when he plays for his national team he’s a different player, although this is all common knowledge for the Red Devils and as far they’re concerned, the miss in Spain just summed up their season so far. Dreadful. Painful. Forgettable.
You can read the United fans’ responses to the horror miss here:
Please sell him
— Lewis (@Lewis21359023) December 12, 2018
“Pogbas effort” that wasn’t even an effort mates…
— Efrain V (@Wiinker7) December 12, 2018
Chance? It was an open net fs
— Stuart McKinley (@StuartMcKinley) December 12, 2018
No mad dogs today. Pogba is awful
— R2KD (@rajinkd) December 12, 2018
Are you serious? ‘Chance….’ he missed a sitter
— Neil Hart (@hartyltd) December 12, 2018
Wow…a miss from 2 yards! Sums up our season
— PaulM1999 (@M3219993) December 12, 2018
Wasn’t offside, should of scored
— • CSW • (@W10CSW) December 12, 2018
He’s a fraud
— Gareth Buttigieg Simiana (@GarethMUFC4life) December 12, 2018
The feeling amongst the fans has been bubbling over for what he feels like months, and it looks like they’ll have to continue suffering for the foreseeable future.