Paul Pogba apologises for handball penalty which dented Man Utd’s Champions League quest

Paul Pogba apologises for handball penalty which dented Man Utd’s Champions League quest

- Paul Pogba had a terrible game on Wednesday night, July 22 against West Ham

- The Frenchman’s howler in the danger area gifted the Hammers a penalty to take the lead

- Pogba has apologised for handling the ball following a Declan Rice strike

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Manchester United’s quest for the qualification for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League suffered setback when the Red Devils failed to defeat West Ham United on Wednesday night, July 22.

Paul Pogba made a very costly error that dashed United’s chances as he handled the ball in the danger area following a ferocious shot from Declan Rice to hand the visitors a penalty.

According to the club’s captain Harry Maguire, Pogba apologised to his team-mates in the dressing room after the game which eventually ended 1-1.

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Ex-United star Gary Neville described the act as “rubbish and embarrassing” that he did not take the ball in his face.

Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Paul held his hands up knowing he should have taken it in the mush.

“But it came flying at him at 100 miles an hour. It was a natural reaction.”

Paul Pogba apologises for handball penalty which dented Man Utd’s Champions League quest

Paul Pogba apologises for handball against West Ham. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Meanwhile, Liverpool and Chelsea produced world class football at Anfield on Wednesday, July 22, with the Reds winning 5-3 in what was a tough Premier League encounter.

Naby Keita scored the first goal for Liverpool in the 23rd minute before defender Trent Alexander-Arnold increased the scoreline in the 38th minute.

Mohamed Salah provided the assist for Wijnaldum to score the third goal for Liverpool in the 43rd minute before Olivier Giroud pulled one back in the 45th minute.

Arnold provided another superb cross in the 55th minute for Firmino to score the fourth goal for Liverpool, but Chelsea responded with two goals from Tammy Abraham and Pulisic.

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Chelsea fans were expecting their players to score the equalizer, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain broke their hearts by netting the winning goal for Liverpool in the 84th minute.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Arsenal could possibly still qualify for the Europa League, but first they have to defeat Tottenham who are seventh on the Premier League standings.

The Gunners must not just gun for a revenge, Mikel Arteta’s men could also still secure a place in the Europa League for next season should they win the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

This would mean fifth and sixth spot in the Premier League would likewise be entering into the European competition.

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