KEY POINTS

  • Paul Pogba received a red card against Liverpool for a nasty foul on Keita
  • Liverpool thrashed Man Utd 5-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday
  • Solskjaer is currently fighting for his job at United

Manchester United "won't miss anything" if they don't play Paul Pogba again, former Red Devils midfielder Paul Scholes has claimed. 

Pogba had a disastrous cameo in Manchester United's 5-0 loss against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Frenchman, who came off the bench, lasted on the field for only 15 minutes in the second half as he was slammed with a red card for a horrible foul on Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, who had to be stretchered off the pitch.  

Liverpool netted four goals even before the half-time whistle and in order to curb the damage, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought on Pogba soon after the second half went underway. However, the former Juventus star only made the situation worse by reducing the Red Devils side to 10 men. 

"Paul Pogba coming on to the pitch at half-time to try to help the team and maybe get a little respectability; tries to stand on the ball, tries to show how strong he is in the middle of the pitch, gives the goal away. Then later on gets sent off with a ridiculous tackle, now you're 5-0 down with 10 men. You'd have to think, if Ole's still a manager there, will we see Pogba again in a United shirt?" Scholes told Premier League Productions, Goal reported. 

Pogba's current deal with Manchester United is due to end in the summer of 2022 and the France national is yet to sign an extension. Ever since Manchester United re-signed Pogba at a club-record fee of $121 million in 2016, the player has been only linked with other clubs, including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). 

"Look, he probably will play [again] won't he? But I don't think they will be missing anything if he doesn't. He's had numerous chances, he keeps saying he lacks consistency, but that is just [a lack of] discipline and disrespect for your manager and your teammates, what he's done today," added Scholes.

The former Red Devils player also backed under-fire Solskjaer, saying Pogba's bad performance against Liverpool was not the boss' fault.

"He's caused mayhem over the last couple of years. Everyone knows what a talent he is, everybody trusts him, every manager trusts him, tried to give him his head and let him be the player he's been. But with all the commotion, not signing his contract, almost holding the club to ransom, and then he comes on and does something like that. It's not Ole's fault, don't get me wrong, but that's part of it that almost summed the United performance up today," added Scholes in the same interview.

Paul Pogba was sent off for a horrible tackle on Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita Paul Pogba was sent off for a horrible tackle on Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita Photo: AFP / Oli SCARFF

Former Premier League defender Michael Gray had also slammed Pogba, saying he brings "bad blood" and Manchester United should get rid of him. 

Manchester United have three big games in a span of a week, starting with an away league game against Tottenham on Saturday. Solskjaer's side will then travel to Italy to face off against Atalanta in the Champions League on Nov. 2 before their big derby league game at home against Manchester City on Nov. 6.