Manchester United slipped to an embarrassing 1-0 home defeat to Premier League basement boys West Brom yesterday, a loss that handed their bitter rivals Manchester City the EPL title.
Jose Mourinho’s men looked laboured and lacked any intensity in their play right from the first whistle, which was in direct contrast to the superb second-half display they had put in just a week earlier to come back from 2-0 and win the Manchester Derby.
The Red Devils record signing Paul Pogba had put in a match winning performance at the Etihad, but yesterday the enigmatic France international was back to his frustrating best and was hooked on the hour mark after yet another ineffective display.
Speaking after the game Arsenal and Premier League legend Thierry Henry hit out at Pogba’s inconsistency and also criticised United for allowing their standards to slip so badly in the space of a week.
‘As soon as the game started, something was weird — the atmosphere of the stadium, the team — it’s so weird from what we saw from that team a week ago.’ Henry told Sky Sports.
‘The commitment, the desire, and I asked if Pogba can do that all the time, the way he played against City. The answer is nope.’
‘[Mourinho] was trying to calm the players down and he has experience. He saw that result way before we saw it. He had a feeling that he needed to speak to the players during the week.
‘He told them be careful it is going to be different against West Brom and I go back to Pogba: why didn’t you and the rest of the team do what you did against City all season?
‘West Brom outworked them; they wanted to go out and hurt them. After 10 minutes, I turned and there was a weird atmosphere and I could only see West Brom scoring.’