Paul Ince told Premier League Productions on Optus Sport that Paul Pogba should have been sent off during Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Tottenham.
The former midfielder felt that Pogba elbowed Tottenham defender Serge Aurier before all the controversy surrounding Manchester United’s opening goal, which was eventually disallowed.
Jose Mourinho stated that Pogba should have seen ‘red’ for his elbow on Tottenham’s right-back during the early stages of their fiery contest, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
And both Glenn Hoddle and Ince agreed with the Tottenham man and how he was hard done by, for that moment.
“He’s got a point but it’s a difficult view for the referee,” said Hoddle. “There is an elbow that goes in. The referee’s assistant has the angle really. She could be able to see that from that angle.
“His elbow does go into Aurier’s face. There’s no doubt about that. But, to be fair to the ref, from the view he has got, he couldn’t see it. But (VAR) that’s why it’s there.”
Ince then responded: “I think they are different ones (compared to McTominay’s). I think McTominay one, obviously they went down the pitch and scored a goal.
“I think that one, the fact that he has put his elbow there (high up), then I can feel where Jose feels unharshly done by because I feel that can easily be a red card.
“I am not sure what VAR are looking at, sometimes. Look at that! He has gone right into the side of him. If that’s not a red card. I don’t know what is.”
It was a game littered with controversy, and in the end, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will feel his team were the ones on the end of the bad calls.
Rather than going into the break 1-0 up, they were 1-0 down and there was more aggression to their game during the second period as they walked away with all three points.
At the end of the day, it’s another damaging defeat for Tottenham and their quest to finish in the Champions League places as that League Cup final edges ever so closer.