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The games that Manchester United’s Paul Pogba will miss after sending off against Liverpool

The games that Manchester United’s Paul Pogba will miss after sending off against Liverpool

Liverpool put Manchester United in their place, and Solskjaer on the ropes

If Sunday’s clash with Liverpool had been a boxing match, the referee would have called it off halfway through.

By that point, Jurgen Klopp’s side had put four goals past a hapless and hopeless Manchester United side, in front of a stunned Old Trafford crowd.

But, it was not a boxing match, and so the torture continued for the Red Devils. Mohamed Salah completed his hat-trick and made it five in the process, before Paul Pogba saw red for an awful challenge on Naby Keita, who had to be stretchered off the pitch.

Liverpool took their foot off the throat of the opposition for the final half-hour, which in many ways proved even more disrespectful than scoring more would have been. They knew Manchester United were not a threat.

The game left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clinging to his job in the Old Trafford technical area by the faintest of threads, with The Telegraph reporting that the Norwegian now has three fixtures to save his job.

Paul Pogba sent off

As already mentioned, Paul Pogba saw red on the hour on Sunday, for a high and out-of-control challenge on Liverpool’s Naby Keita. While the midfielder has hit back at those who suggested that he did so on purpose, his actions will certainly have consequences.

The Frenchman will now miss the next three domestic games, two of which Solskjaer is understood to need a result in to save his job. Pogba will sit out this weekend’s trip to Tottenham, as well as an encounter with Manchester City, before completing his ban by playing no role in United’s clash with Watford after the international break.

Solskjaer will be able to call on the mercurial talents of Pogba for the Champions League tie against Atalanta, but after Sunday’s events, and with his job on the line, will the Norwegian actually want to?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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