Manchester United's Paul Pogba Sent Off for 2nd Yellow Card; Out for PSG 2nd Leg

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Paul Pogba of Manchester United is shown a red card during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Manchester United star Paul Pogba had an evening to forget on Tuesday after he was sent off in the dying minutes of his side's 2-0 first-leg loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League last 16.

The night started brightly for United, but goals from Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe saw PSG waltz away as clear victors, and Pogba's second yellow of the match provided a sour end to the encounter, via B/R Live (U.S. only):

His 89th-minute foul on Dani Alves means Pogba will miss the trip to the Parc des Princes in Paris on March 6, when United will attempt to pull off what would be a historic European comeback.

Pogba received his first yellow after referee Daniele Orsato judged the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner to have fouled Marco Verratti, who was one of the main PSG players being pressured in the first half.

While the burden to get a goal at home was great, journalist Oliver Holt questioned Pogba's decision-making after the went in on Alves for his second caution of the night:

German football writer Raphael Honigstein asked whether the challenge warranted a red on its own:

It's a miserable way for Pogba's Champions League campaign to end if United do head out before the quarter-finals. His form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived at the helm in December has been sensational, but Tuesday's match ended as one performance he'll want to forget.

There was plenty of promise from the Frenchman and his team-mates before they went in scoreless at half-time, but Squawka highlighted one stat that stood out:

Solskjaer's run of 11 matches unbeaten as United boss also ended against Les Parisiens, who could hope to have Neymar and Edinson Cavani back for the second leg after they missed Tuesday's clash through injury.

Still, broadcast journalist Bill Rice noted the Red Devils could hardly hope to have a more inspirational figure as their boss if it's a comeback they're hoping for:

Pogba will be eligible to face Chelsea in Monday's FA Cup fifth-round meeting at Stamford Bridge, and he'll have a prime opportunity to make up for his errors against PSG.

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