Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has reportedly put a stop to all talks over a new contract at Old Trafford after blanking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following Sunday’s loss to Liverpool.
Pogba was sent off 15 minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute in the 5-0 demolition at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman’s poor tackle on Naby Keita saw referee Anthony Taylor overturn his initial decision of a yellow card after consulting with VAR.
Pogba started on the bench for the second successive match in all competitions.
He was also left out of the starting XI for the Champions League win over Atalanta last Wednesday.
The midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and can talk to foreign clubs regarding a free transfer as early as January.
United are keen to pen Pogba down to a new deal in order to prevent him from leaving for nothing.
But The Sun says the 28-year-old has decided to abandon all talks over a renewal following Sunday’s match.
The report says Pogba apologised for the red card he received when the score was already 5-0.
However, he did not speak to Solskjaer in the aftermath of the match.
Defeat meant United find themselves eight points off leaders Chelsea after just nine games of the season.
Pressure has increased on Solskjaer following Sunday’s result and former Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte is reportedly interested in the job.
However, Solskjaer is set to be given Saturday’s match at Tottenham at least to try and turn the club’s fortunes around.
Meanwhile, Pogba broke his silence following his red card on social media.
He wrote: “No time to feel sorry for ourselves… Wake up, step up and make the next days better!”
However, United legend Paul Scholes was not impressed with what little Pogba showed on Sunday.
Scholes told Premier League Productions: “Paul Pogba coming on to the pitch at half-time to try and help the team and maybe get a little respectability about it, tries to stand on the ball, tries to show how strong he is in the middle of the pitch… gives the goal away.
“Then later on gets sent off with a ridiculous tackle. Now you’re 5-0 down with 10 men. You’d have to think, if Ole’s still a manager there, will we see Pogba again in a United shirt?
“Look, he probably will play [again] won’t he? But I don’t think they will be missing anything if he doesn’t.”