Ex-Premier League referee: Pogba faces extended ban as controversial Man United picture emerges
Man United can have no complaints with Paul Pogba’s red card as he prepares for a three-match ban, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee praised VAR for forcing Anthony Taylor to change his initial decision in the 5-0 thumping by Liverpool.
Pogba jumped into a challenge with Naby Keita on the hour mark which Taylor showed a yellow card for.
VAR intervened and the referee reviewed the incident on the pitchside monitor before overturning the decision and giving Pogba his marching orders.
The midfielder will now miss Man United’s Premier League games against Tottenham, Man City and Watford.
He was only introduced at the interval and became the only third substitute to be sent off in a Premier League game between Man United and Liverpool.
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Asked for his view on the incident after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, Hackett said: “I reckon he [the referee] had one view to explain it.
“On that one view, he didn’t have the clarity that’s required and issued a yellow, thinking it’s reckless.
“This is exactly what VAR is there for. VAR comes in, recommends a review and he looks at the review. He didn’t take much looking because he was now afforded a different angle.
“Pogba’s challenge used excessive force and endangered the safety of his opponent so it was a spot-on decision to dismiss and he will now face an extended ban.”
The result means Man United have now won just one of their last seven games across all competitions.
They are now eight points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after nine games.