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  • Patrice Evra has slammed Marcus Rashford for 'poor performance'
  • Pogba has been slammed for his handball during 1-1 draw vs West Ham
  • Mason Greenwood scored for Man Utd against West Ham

Paul Pogba has received backing from Manchester United great Patrice Evra, who has singled out Marcus Rashford for his "poor performance" during the Red Devils’ recent 1-1 draw against West Ham in the Premier League.

Pogba’s handball gifted West Ham a penalty that let them go 1-0 up at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Mason Greenwood’s lone goal rescued Man Utd as the match ended in a 1-1 draw and the hosts remained alive in the top-four race. Pogba, who was criticized for the offense by many including former Man Utd player Gary Neville, found some support from former Red Devils captain Evra.

Evra has singled out Rashford for producing a below-average performance in a game that was crucial for Man Utd, considering the close fight for the top-four finish.

"He’s in trouble, Paul Pogba, he’s in big, big trouble. He’s given a penalty away, he’s put his arms up and pretended it’s hit his head. Rubbish, rubbish from him. To think, I felt a little bit sorry for him, I thought he took a whack in the head. Embarrassing. You don’t do that, you take it in the grid," said Neville while commentating on Sky Sports when replays confirmed the handball.

While speaking on Football Daily, Evra backed Pogba and said, "People are pointing at Pogba, using harsh words but I didn't see any harsh word on Rashford, he had a poor game today."

Dynamic duo: Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba have instantly formed a potent midfield partnership for Manchester United
Dynamic duo: Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba have instantly formed a potent midfield partnership for Manchester United POOL / Alastair Grant

Michail Antonio, who has been in a fine form for West Ham this season, scored just before the half-time whistle, and that marked his 10th goal of the 2019-20 season. On the other hand, Man Utd’s teenage talent Greenwood also continued his impressive run as he netted his 17th goal of the current campaign and equaled a record in the process that was previously set by Man Utd legends such as Wayne Rooney, George Best and, Brian Kidd.

Man Utd next faces Leicester City in their Premier League season’s final game at the King Power Stadium, which is being treated as a winner-takes-all fixture to seal the top four of the Premier League table.

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