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Shortly after Mason Greenwood converted, Neves darted over to the fourth official to highlight the damage to his shin.
Should Paul Pogba have been sent off for this 50/50 with Neves?#WOLMUN pic.twitter.com/90UAeCkW0Y
- The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) August 29, 2021
Wolves fans went on to express their fury at Pogba after the full-time whistle, chanting "cheat, cheat, cheat" as Pogba left the field of play, according to Manchester Evening News writer Samuel Luckhurst.
That being said, the Frenchman decided to give his jersey to one of the home supporters who stayed behind; a gesture that was applauded by members of the crowd.
Wolves were fans chanting 'cheat,cheat,cheat' at Pogba. He then gifted his shirt to a Wolves fan and they all applauded him pic.twitter.com/LgASTE9DfT- RiZzy:red_circle: (@RiZzyUTD) August 29, 2021
After the full-time whistle, Pogba maintained his innocence. "I didn't touch him [Rúben Neves]. This is the Premier League, it was a 50-50, every weekend that is happening," he told Sky Sports. "We win the ball and we scored."
Neves, meanwhile, was unhappy with Mike Dean's decision during the build-up to United's goal.
"Everyone saw it," said the Portuguese. "Everyone saw my leg. I don't know why, to be honest with you. We always do meetings about everything - referees and VAR - I dunno why.
"They said before the season starts that they'll look for contact. If the contact is strong enough they'll call the foul.
"I showed them my leg. Just their decision now.
:speaking_head:"Everybody saw it. Everyone saw my leg, we always do meetings about refs and VAR but I don't know why this happens..."- Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 29, 2021
Ruben Neves is very unhappy with the refs decision during the build up to Man United's goal pic.twitter.com/vhXuDpz3cW
It didn't take Graeme Souness long to have his say, either.
"That could have been a leg breaker," he claimed after the game. "I was guilty of some daft things and some cruel things. That is a classic case of looking to do someone. I'm not saying Paul Pogba meant to do it but that's how it ended up looking.
'You have to say Neves has been naïve in kicking the ball as hard when someone's coming at him on the ground like that. He's nowhere near the ball in the end. How does the referee not deem that a foul?
"For me, it's more than worrying. It's alarming when a so-called senior, good referee doesn't see that as a foul."
Featured Image Credit: @samuelluckhurst/PA
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