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’


‘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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  • Wezza

    and not a word said about Pigba’s (Yes Pigba) bad retaliations! As usual!

  • Paul Patterson

    Overrated midfielder vs overrated midfielder . .

    • Rabid Dog

      And look at the value and wage gap…..

      • Paul Patterson

        Pogba’s yearly wage alone would cover the loan fee’s and transfer fee’s of Rondon, Kenedy, Perez, Diame and Ki.

  • toonterrier

    Well done Jonjo. Keep up the good work.

  • Carl Marks

    And don’t we recognise embarrassment when we see it !!!

  • degs01

    Where’s the evidence that MU are milking this? The media yes, but there’s no mention that MU have linked the injury and Shelvey’s reckless challenge – which should have resulted in a red card. Not the first time Shelvey has targeted better midfielders like that. We’re better off without him in the team, a few Hollywood balls doesn’t compensate for his inability to track back and score goals

    • MadMag83

      Exactly. The author is no less embarrassing than those media outlets.

      Newcastle are a better team with Ki rather than Shelvey.

    • Ruel Intentions

      There’s no way that challenge was a red card. Football has eaten itself.

      Could and should have been booked. Foul, free kick, end of story.

      Same as Sky saying that Jamaal Lascelles was being dirty. Total rubbish. Made one bad tackle when he overran the ball and got rightly booked. Free kick, end of story – carry on the game.

      I don’t think there were any moments of controversy in the game. Everything was dealt with, but the media need to drum up a narrative.

  • MadMag83

    I hate Man Utd, but I don’t see how you get from Solksjaer’s quote of Pogba missing the game due to a knock, to Solksjaer claiming it was from the Shelvey challenge? Unless he has said so previously​? Besides, if you’ve played football you’ll know that sometimes you don’t feel knocks etc until after a game. So it’s entirely plausible that Pogba could have picked up a knock and continued to play.

  • 5floorshigh

    ’embarrassingly milk’ says Dean Wilkins whilst embarrassingly milking other reports….pathetic

  • Billmag

    Pogba is a disgrace to football having been the architect in the sacking of his former manager, and now suddenly he’s the best thing since sliced bread, it was a poor challenge by Shelvey and was lucky not to get a red.

  • Wor Lass

    Dean, I normally like your articles but “I’m not sure if Paul’s going to be ready, he got a knock against Newcastle.” is a simple matter of fact. Solskjaer is hardly reigniting anything – just answering a simple question with a simple answer. The embarrassment for me is when people have to try so hard to manufacture an argument. You`ll be bringing up the Villa bedsheet next!

  • Sumit Sengupta

    Attention grabbing headline but not much inside. OGS never said it was Shelvey’s challenge that injured Pogba. In what way are MUFC milking this? It is not that the whole world is against you all the time, conspiring evil things. The malice is inside and that needs the cure. Once this owner is gone and the team starts doing well, this negativity will be gone. I hope.