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Viewers of this evening’s clash between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion have taken to Twitter in numbers to slate Paul Pogba, following his sub-par hour-long showing.

Matchup

The two sides went head to head at Old Trafford, with United having come into proceedings fresh off the back of their morale-boosting 3-2 comeback victory over Manchester City in the derby last weekend.

Chris Smalling after Man United winner vs City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 07: Chris Smalling of Manchester United celebrates scoring his side’s third goal with Paul Pogba during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

West Brom, meanwhile, had failed to pick up all 3 points in a Premier League outing since the middle of January, with the Baggies’ last match having seen them throw away a second-half lead to draw 1-1 with Swansea City.

Teams

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The early exchanges of this afternoon’s clash saw hosts United control the vast majority of possession, but West Brom look surprisingly dangerous on the break through the likes of Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez.

The best chances of the opening 45 minutes fell to Jake Livermore and Romelu Lukaku, with David De Gea and Ben Foster both subsequently producing impressive stops to keep the scores level heading into the interval.

Coming up short

The second 45 started out in a similar vein, with United once again struggling to break down the stout backline of their opponents.

As such, the struggles of his side soon forced the arm of Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho, who, after introducing Jesse Lingard for Ander Herrera at half-time, opted to haul off Paul Pogba, the difference-maker in last Saturday’s derby, replacing the midfielder with fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial in the 57th-minute.

Pogba, who many had hoped would kick on following his brilliance versus Manchester City, looked largely disinterested during his hour on the pitch this evening, providing little in terms of cutting edge, losing possession too easily and even picking up a booking for a bizarre Maradona-esque hand-ball attempt at goal during the first-half.

Slated

Unsurprisingly, the reaction online to Pogba’s showing and subsequent substitution has since been typically ruthless, as showcased below:

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Incredibly, in the end, the lack of cutting edge on the part of the Red Devils proved extremely costly this evening, as Jay Rodriguez’s headed finish in the 73rd-minute sent Darren Moore’s bottom of the table Baggies home with all 3 points, resulting in Manchester City being crowned the champions of the Premier League.

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