Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Paul Pogba following his poor performance in Manchester United’s 2-1 loss at Wolves on Tuesday night.
Chris Smalling’s own goal condemned 10-man United to a 2-1 defeat – their third in four games – as they missed the chance to climb back into the Champions League spots.
Scott McTominay’s first United goal put the visitors ahead but Fred’s mistake allowed Diogo Jota to level in the first half and Ashley Young was sent off mid-way through the second half for two bookings in five minutes.
United remain fifth in the Premier League, behind Tottenham on goal difference, with six games left and face Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final first leg next week.
Pogba has contributed just one assist and no goals in his last six Premier League matches following on from a string of brilliant performances when Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December.
“Well today he could have easily had an assist when the great play with him and Rom [Lukaku] so that’s just figures and numbers,” Solskjaer told reporters when asked about Pogba.
“Paul’s working as hard as any of the players in the team. Some days it just doesn’t come off.”
Defeat came just over two weeks after United lost 2-1 in the FA Cup quarter-final at Molineux.
Ander Herrera, who has been linked with a move away from the club, was injured while Marcus Rashford was sidelined with an ankle problem.
United, though, should have been 3-0 up inside 16 minutes as Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard missed glorious chances either side of McTominay scoring his first goal for the club.
Jota levelled after 25 minutes after Joao Moutinho robbed Fred following David De Gea’s short pass and it got worse for United when Young saw red after 57 minutes for his second foul on Jota – referee Mike Dean’s 100th Premier League dismissal.
Solskjaer added: “When you’re on a yellow you’re always in danger if you go down, it’s a yellow card. It was probably a bad decision (from Young).”
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