Paul Pogba pulled away by Michael Carrick after clashing with a West Ham fan after Manchester United’s controversial win on Sunday afternoon.
Carrick, a first team coach for the Premier League giants, was forced to drag his former teammate down the tunnel at the London Stadium after the Frenchman began mocking a small collection of Hammers fans in the crowd.
The midfielder was keen to provoke the angry supporters after the Red Devils’ late triumph in the capital as they was heard giving abuse to Pogba as he left the field of play.
Pogba dealt with abuse from West Han fans so well
— Alexei (@MUFC_redarmy99) September 19, 2021
Man Utd made hard work of the three points but the result was all the mattered in the end for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as they bounced back from the midweek defeat to Young Boys in their Champions League group stage opener.
Jesse Lingard, who excelled on loan at West Ham in the second half of last term, struck a late winner for the visitors but the game wasn’t secured just yet.
Referee Martin Atkinson, who has a questionable afternoon, pointed to the spot in the dying seconds following a VAR review after Luke Shaw stopped a cross with his arm.
Mark Noble was then dramatically subbed on from the bench – only to see his spot-kick saved by David de Gea – with pundits then questioning Moyes’ decision.
That sparked jubilant scenes after the full time as Man Utd really felt they had dug out a crucial victory in the face of adversity.
In the stands, West Ham supporters were bitterly disappointed that their side hadn’t managed to come away with at least a point after a dramatic end to proceedings.
Although there had been reports of a disagreement between Pogba and Carrick in the past, the pair have a close professional relationship at United having shared the dressing room together.
“He always talks to me, even since I arrived. He helps me on the position,” Pogba said on Carrick back in 2018.
“It just came naturally, when he saw me in training running with the ball, I could do better without the ball.
“That can make the difference in the game. I call them the long power runs, getting in the box and it’s helped a lot.”
Twitter users reacted as a video of Pogba being pulled away by Carrick after clashing with a West Ham fan, see what they said below…
@Utd_Brown: man looks high 😭
@TINYDAPO: Yeah that’s why he was substituted, too much weed in his system 🤣🤣
@Ferd_Victory: Pogba always funny 😄
@sowagui: was probably Graeme Souness up in the stands 🤣
@lewisutd1808: Cries into his millions whilst they go back to their Ford Fiesta in the car park
@UtdRedssss: West Ham fans are so tinpot, sang “one of our own” for Lingard only for him to dunk on their heads and they’re chatting to pogba like he’s not bigger than their whole club
@hdzx_1: One strand of Pogba’s pubes is bigger than that entire club
@JGarnerUtd: This is officially the greatest video on the internet
@KhizerYZ: My midfielder boiling the piss off those bubble blowers 😭
@UTDStimpyy: Wolves fans were the same but as soon as he gave them his shirt they changed their tone 😂😂 he’s just too good that’s why their pissed
@NightscribeLog: The FA getting ready to ban Pogba for 10 games
@FaruqSufyan: Pogba acting like that one drunk mate who doesn’t want to go home at the end of the night and trying to chat up birds in the taxi queue
@Jonvader: Starting to like him even more. Showing a bit of passion and care.
@CosmoKhan: Pogba had them rattled there hahaha, embarrassing from the fans
West Ham: Fabianski (8), Coufal (6), Zouma (7), Ogbonna (7), Cresswell (6), Rice (7), Soucek (6), Fornals (6), Bowen (7), Benrahma (7), Vlasic (5).
Subs: Yarmolenko (5), Lanzini (n/a), Noble (n/a).
Man Utd: De Gea (8), Wan-Bissaka (6), Varane (5), Maguire (6), Shaw (6), McTominay (6), Fred (6), Greenwood (6), Fernandes (6), Pogba (6), Ronaldo (7).
Subs: Lingard (7), Sancho (5), Matic (n/a).
Man of the Match: David de Gea.
West Ham manager David Moyes: “It was a proper game; the two teams went at it. In the end, it was very close to a draw. The thinking behind it [bringing Noble on for the penalty] was simply his record. I’d have been more disappointed if I hadn’t made the decision. I made the decision, and it didn’t quite work today. I was more influenced by Noble’s record, rather than West Ham’s record [of four misses in the last five penalties]. We’ve given Manchester United a run for their money, the more we do that at this level against the top teams, the more we will improve as well.”
Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Ronaldo’s first and last penalty appeals were stonewall penalties. Hopefully it’s not going to be a case of Cristiano never getting a penalty. I’ve seen Noble score so many penalties, but David has saved two points for us today. I was pleased with the attacking football and movement, we have to work better defensively, that is something we will work on.”