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17-Year-Old Paul Pogba Once Got Sent Off For Man United After Scoring Penalty Against Liverpool

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17-Year-Old Paul Pogba Once Got Sent Off For Man United After Scoring Penalty Against Liverpool

A 17-year-old Paul Pogba was bizarrely sent off at Anfield after converting a penalty against Liverpool’s youth players in a FA Youth Cup quarter-final clash in 2011.

Legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson watched on at Anfield as the Reds took a 2-0 lead through an Adam Morgan brace either side of half-time.

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Stephen Sama was sent off for a challenge on Ryan Tunnicliffe in the penalty area, with Pogba stepping up for the spot-kick in front of the 12,000-strong crowd.

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Pogba performed his trademark penalty run-up and managed to beat Tyrell Belford after fooling him with a fake shot, but the Frenchman was in for a rude awakening.

Referee David Coote brandished a second yellow for the United superstar for stopping midway through his run-up.

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With Pogba sent off, Larnell Cole stepped up and converted the retaken penalty to pull one back for United.

The once highly rated Ravel Morrison scored a brace for United’s youth team to seal a 3-2 win.

However, both sides finished the match with nine men as then-Liverpool captain Conor Coady and former United defender Tyler Blackett were also shown red.

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United and Liverpool’s heated clash also resulted in three Red Devils supporters being arrested and six were chucked out of Anfield.

According to reports, police were called into action against United supporters who set off a flare and sang songs about the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters.

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Belford, who was released by Liverpool and signed for Swindon Town in 2013, insisted that the FA Youth Cup tie “had everything” a derby needed.

“The thing that sticks with me, obviously, is the penalty with Paul Pogba,” he told the Manchester Evening News.

“I remember it all kicking off with the players and it getting quite ferocious with Conor Coady and a couple of their players.

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“Then obviously, the Ravel Morrison overhead kick to finish the game off. That is what you would [associate] with a proper derby. It had everything, it showed everything a derby means.”

Featured Image Credit: FA Cup/YouTube

Topics: Paul Pogba, Liverpool, Manchester United, FA Cup, Premier League, England, Football

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