Michail Antonio was caught mocking Paul Pogba on digicam after the Manchester United midfielder’s handball gifted West Ham United a degree on Wednesday night time
United nudged into the Champions League locations for the primary time since September after teenager Mason Greenwood sealed a hard-fought level in opposition to West Ham within the penultimate match of the season.
After seeing a 19-match unbeaten run come to an abrupt halt in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet needed to mud themselves down for a key conflict with the relegation-threatened Hammers.
Paul Pogba’s unnecessary handball allowed Michail Antonio to provide David Moyes’ guests a shock lead from the spot, however United hit again by way of teenage star Greenwood to safe a 1-1 draw at an empty Previous Trafford.
There have been factors on Wednesday night time when it regarded like they might blow this opportunity – no extra so than when Antonio scored late within the first half after the video assistant referee picked up a blatant Pogba handball.
Former United captain Gary Neville mentioned in his position as a Sky Sports activities commentator it was ‘embarrassing’ to guard his face when Declan Rice took goal and homegrown expertise Greenwood saved his blushes with a low strike early within the second half.
And when the 2 sides got here out for the second half, Antonio was caught joking with Bruno Fernandes about Pogba’s handball.
But when the digicam panned spherical to see the France worldwide behind him, his stony-faced expression revealed simply how upset he was at his mistake.
The purpose ensures West Ham’s Premier League survival and was sufficient to make sure Solskjaer’s Reds are in a top-four spot for the primary time since mid-September.
All eyes can be on Sunday’s fascinating encounter on the King Energy Stadium, the place United solely must keep away from defeat to fifth-placed Leicester to safe a return to European soccer’s prime desk.