Paul Pogba could find himself in hot water after being spotted encouraging cheating in Manchester United ’s game with Aston Villa.
The Red Devils’ £89m record signing played an important role in the New Year’s Day victory at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men narrowly beat Dean Smith’s high-flying Villa 2-1.
Anthony Martial headed home an opener prior to the break before Bertrand Traore equalised from close range in the second half.
Shortly after Villa’s leveller, though, Pogba was awarded a penalty after a small trip from Douglas Luiz in the box.
VAR checked it but stuck with Michael Oliver’s on-field decision and Bruno Fernandes converted the spot-kick as United held out to win 2-1 and go level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.
But one moment from the game caught the attention of some eagle-eyed fans.
During the second half, United left-back Luke Shaw made a burst into the Villa penalty area.
He evaded a challenge from Matty Cash but lost control of the ball as it was collected by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, much to the frustration of Pogba.
The World Cup winner was caught on camera, with Sky Sports broadcasting the match for fans at home, shouting at Shaw.
Pogba then gestures to him with his arm to go down and flop to the deck, despite Cash’s effort to win the ball being fair.
Football supporters and most involved in the game want to see diving and cheating irradicated, and Pogba’s attitude won’t please many.
Shaw made little of Pogba’s plea, heading back into position afterwards, but the incident certainly does not paint the United midfielder in a good light.
Manager Solskjaer was asked about Pogba after the New Year’s Day victory and his performance, and the Norwegian said: "He's getting better and better.
“I think he played well today. They are a physical side and Paul's one of these guys who can get hold of it for us.”
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