Michael Carrick was forced to drag Paul Pogba down the tunnel at the London Stadium after the Frenchman began mocking a small collection of West Ham fans in the crowd. The Manchester United midfielder was keen to provoke the angry Irons fans after the Red Devils’ late triumph in the capital as they showered Pogba with abuse as he left the field of play.
United made hard work of the three points but the result was all the mattered in the end for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men as they bounced back from the midweek defeat to Young Boys in their Champions League group stage opener.
Jesse Lingard, who thrived on loan at West Ham in the second half of last season, struck a late winner for the visitors but the game was not in the bag just yet.
Referee Martin Atkinson, who has a questionable afternoon, pointed to the spot in the dying embers following a VAR review after Luke Shaw stopped a cross with his arm.
Mark Noble was then dramatically summoned from the bench – only to see his spot-kick saved by David de Gea.
The World Cup winner appears to be laughing and mocking supporters as they shower him with abuse as he heads off the field.
Pogba cannot resist engaging with the West Ham fans and he makes a visible effort to wind them up during the clip.
Carrick and another member of the United coaching staff then take physical action to get him down the tunnel and away from the scene.
Although there had been reports of a disagreement between the two in the past, Carrick and Pogba have a close professional relationship at United having shared the dressing room together.
The former Juventus man has previously detailed his respect for his former team mate, who is helping him master his game.
“He always talks to me, even since I arrived. He helps me on the position,” Pogba said on Carrick back in 2018.
“It just came naturally, when he saw me in training running with the ball, I could do better without the ball.
“That can make the difference in the game. I call them the long power runs, getting in the box and it’s helped a lot.”