Paul Pogba injury update after Southampton 1 – Man United 1 & what’s going on with Fred

Southampton 1 – Man United 1
Another disappointing weekend for Manchester United.
After the shock defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford last weekend, United travelled to Southampton yesterday.
Daniel James fired the Red Devils ahead with a terrific strike in the 10th minute.
However, a Jannik Vestergaard header just before the hour drew Saints level.
Southampton finished the game with 10-men after Kevin Danso was sent off in the 73rd.

How badly injured is Paul Pogba?
Paul Pogba played 90 minutes at St Mary’s.
However, reports from the south coast confirmed that Pogba was limping at the end of the contest.

Paul Pogba limping very heavily as he leaves St. Mary’s. Twisted ankle.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) August 31, 2019

Paul Pogba limping out of St Mary’s after twisting his ankle in #MUFC’s draw with #SaintsFC pic.twitter.com/HxIv7GQza5
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) August 31, 2019

After the match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the following about Pogba’s injury:
He got a bad knock on his ankle.
He twisted his ankle, I think, but he’ll go away and hopefully it’s not too bad and he can play for France because I know how much he loves his country and playing for them.

Is Paul Pogba leaving Man United?
As the European transfer window is about to close, rumours persist that Pogba could move to Real Madrid.
However, considering how little time is left in the window, one has to assume that Pogba is staying at Old Trafford for now.

Le prime pagine #Times #MirrorSport pic.twitter.com/arhh7Y1HKI
— Giovanni Capuano (@capuanogio) September 1, 2019

What’s going on with Fred?
Man United paid over 50 million pounds for Fred last summer.
However, after four matches this season, Fred’s yet to feature for the Red Devils.
Prior to the weekend, Solskajer said the following about the Brazilian midfielder:
He [Fred] is working hard and at the moment he’s just behind Paul [Pogba] and Scott [McTominay] – who has done really well – and Nemanja [Matic], who hasn’t been involved.
August is the most difficult period to manage a big squad because there’s only one game a week and everybody’s fit because we’ve had pre-season, and everyone’s ready to play.
In September, October, November – when injuries come – that’s when you have most of the games. So, he [Fred] will play plenty of football.
Meanwhile, Fred has posted the following update on Instagram over the weekend.

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🙏🏼 Never lose the focus, doesn’t matter how hard the difficulties are. The best is yet to come. Hard work always pays off! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🙏🏼 Nunca perca o foco, não importa quão grande sejam as dificuldades! O melhor ainda está por vir. O trabalho duro sempre compensa! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #letsgomanutd #cmon #manutd #manchesterunited #manutd #premierleague #pl #fredrodrigues
A post shared by Fred Rodrigues (@fred08oficial) on Aug 30, 2019 at 11:48pm PDT

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The bad calls which went against Bournemouth, West Ham & Watford on Saturday

Aston Villa goal chalked off vs Crystal Palace
Perhaps the biggest VAR talking point on Saturday in the Premier League occurred at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace beat Aston Villa 1-0, as the Eagles moved into fourth place.
Jordan Ayew was the hero for Palace, scoring for a second week running.
However, Villa fans were furious that a goal was chalked off in the dying stages after a foul was called against a challenge on Jack Grealish in the build-up.

“That is one of the biggest howlers you are likely to see, ever.”#VAR is causing controversy…#MOTD pic.twitter.com/SF7z3uNjhh
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) August 31, 2019

Highlights: Crystal Palace 1- Aston Villa 0

Youri Tielemans vs Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson
But Villa fans weren’t the only ones feeling aggrieved on Saturday.
Should Leicester have been reduced to 10-men against Bournemouth?
Fans are sharing pictures on social media of a Youri Tielemans ‘stamp’ on Callum Wilson.
Not only did Tielemans escape a booking, but he scored and assisted in the 3-1 Leicester win.
After the match, Wilson also vented about the Tielemans challenge.

@premierleague @FA are you having a laugh? 🙈🙈😅😂😂😅😂😅 #VAR pic.twitter.com/PN887RHoPv
— Strategy FPL (@StrategyFPL) August 31, 2019

That Tielemans challenge on Callum Wilson looks horrific in the replays. Missed the ball by a mile. Wilson so lucky not to have his ankle snapped. How on earth did he not get a red for that?
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) August 31, 2019

Callum Wilson: “[Tielemans] missed the ball and went over the top on to my ankle. If it’s not clear and obvious then I don’t know what is. I’d like to watch [it] back and see why it wasn’t [a red]. He went straight over the top and on my shin. He almost broke my ankle.”#AFCB
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) August 31, 2019

West Ham’s Sébastien Haller should’ve won a penalty vs Norwich
West Ham beat Norwich 2-0 at the London Stadium yesterday.
But should the margin of victory have been greater?
Sébastien Haller has found his scoring touch in recent weeks.

Sebastien Haller has three goals in his last two games for West Ham 🔥pic.twitter.com/3kelmIODPE
— Goal (@goal) September 1, 2019

After a double against Brighton, Haller scored again in the 2-0 win over the Canaries.
However, the ref turned down a penalty call when Haller was wiped out in the Norwich box.
Why didn’t VAR overturn the call?

If it isn’t a foul, then haller is silly here. He will have a clear shot on goal, and lots of space. I’m unapologetic, but the ref and VAR failed at this time @FA @PLinUSA pic.twitter.com/rmM1gXdMsb
— Scott M Davis (@DenverWestHam) September 1, 2019

Newcastle’s goal vs Watford shouldn’t have counted
At St James’ Park, Newcastle, fresh from winning at Tottenham, came from behind to draw with Watford.
Will Hughes opened for the Hornets, who are still winless this term.
However, Fabian Schar levelled for the Magpies minutes before the break.
The Athletic’s Adam Leventhal has since confirmed that VAR missed a handball in the build-up to Newcastle’s leveller.
Watford were screwed over by human error.

Re the #NUFC goal v #WatfordFC today. Have had it confirmed that VAR did simply miss the handball in build up to Schär’s goal & it should have been ruled out. Too late now obviously, but reminder VAR not immune from human error.
— Adam Leventhal (@AdamLeventhal) August 31, 2019

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