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Manchester United and media embarrassingly milk Jonjo Shelvey incident as Paul Pogba set to sit out FA Cup match

3 months ago
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The coverage of the Paul Pogba and Jonjo Shelvey incident is just getting embarrassing now.

The Newcastle player whistled up for a free-kick when challenging the Frenchman during Wednesday night’s match.

The tackle was reckless and could have got a yellow or red card on another occasion but the over the top coverage has been extreme.

It just shows the preferential treatment given to the chosen clubs.

Newcastle United have been the victims of numerous poor decisions and nothing is said.

Indeed, imagine if Manchester United had not had a player sent off against them in a Premier League match since January 2014…

That though is the case with Newcastle United and not a word is said.

The Manchester United manager has reignited the Paul Pogba conversation/hyperbole, by claiming the player could miss their FA Cup match this weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:

“I’m not sure if Paul’s going to be ready, he got a knock against Newcastle.”

This has prompted more headlines such as these:

The Sun:

Man Utd star Paul Pogba to miss Reading clash after Shelvey horror challenge’

Talksport:

‘Paul Pogba set to miss FA Cup game against Reading after reckless challenge by Jonjo Shelvey’

Manchester Evening News:

‘Manchester United give Paul Pogba injury update after Jonjo Shelvey tackle’

They and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are having a laugh.

Never in a million years was Paul Pogba going to be involved in Saturday’s hope FA Cup match against Championship strugglers Reading.

Pogba has started all four of their festive games within the space of 11 days, playing every single minute, including the one at St James Park!

The French international was never going to be risked in the FA Cup, especially when their following game is a vital Premier League game away at Tottenham.

The Shelvey challenge was a poor one but it surely falls into the category of looking a lot worse than it actually turned out to be. Yes, if he had caught his slightly differently it could have caused Paul Pogba serious injury, but it didn’t.

With 20 minutes of the game remaining, Paul Pogba carried on with no problems and as well as being able to get his revenge on Jonjo Shelvey, in the 93rd minute of the game, the Man Utd midfielder was still sprinting up the pitch, rounding Martin Dubravka, and just missing out on a third goal as he put it wide.

If Paul Pogba has indeed ‘got a knock’, it could just as easily have come from one of the occasions when he threw himself to the ground for no reason at other times in the game.

Solskjaer even left Paul Pogba on the pitch when making an 87th minute substitution, taking Rashford off instead.

Rest assured, there will be no talk of possibly missing the Tottenham match next weekend because of Jonjo Shelvey.
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