Paul Pogba's challenge on Ruben Neves in build-up to Man Utd's matchwinner against Wolves was 'leg-breaker' says Souness

GRAEME SOUNESS slammed Paul Pogba's unpunished "leg breaker" lunge on Ruben Neves in the build-up to Manchester United's winner at Wolves.

Pogba's studs crashed into Neves' studs but ref Mike Dean waved play on and Mason Greenwood promptly cracked the 80th-mnute only goal.

But as United celebrating setting a Prem record of 28 away games in a row without defeat, Souness laid into Pogba and Dean.

He told Sky Sports: "That's a leg-breaker. Anyone who's ever played the game will tell you that's a dangerous challenge."

And furious Neves said: "Everyone saw my leg. We always do meetings and everything about refs and VAR and I don't know why.

"They say before the season they will look for contact and if the contact is strong enough they will give the foul. I show my leg and it is just their decision.

"Maybe before last game because it was a foul before the Southampton goal, maybe  now they do the opposite."

Dumbfounded Souey was astonished Dean failed to intervene as the official was just fee t away, with a clear view of the incident.

He added: It's a foul..Paul Pogba doesn't make any contact with the ball whatsoever.


"He makes contact with the shin, the shinguard. 

"Watch how high Paul Pogba's foot is here, and look at the referee's position – he just doesn't see it!

"They've got away with one."

Ex-Manchester United hardman Roy Keane felt Pogba was "off his feet" and "out of control" when his tackle sent neve's shinpads spinning round his leg.

But Keane added: "I think it's a foul but I think Neves is almost too honest.


"If he goes down straight away from the tackle I think he (the ref) would give the free-kick. But… he's delayed his reaction."

"If he'd given the free-kick i don't think one United player would have complained."

But Neves insisted he did not respond instantly to the tackle as he was focused on following the action.

He told Sky: "Delay…Of course. I delayed because I did not know where the ball was going.

"If the ball stays there I need to react but because the ball goes away I go down. I was the one who touched the ball. It is a clear foul, there is nothing more to say. "

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