The altercation happened after the two had helped the English giants earn a hard-fought 3-2 win over Southampton
Romelu Lukaku allegedly brought up Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah’s name while arguing with Paul Pogba after Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Southampton this weekend. The Belgium international reportedly butted heads with his teammate over the latter’s missed penalty against the Saints at Old Trafford.
The Sun has come up with details of the face-off, saying that Lukaku was aggrieved that the World Cup winner didn’t allow him to take the penalty, as he had already scored a brace and was on a hat-trick. Instead Pogba, who is United’s designated spot-kick taker, went on to take the penalty himself, which was saved by the foot of Southampton keeper Angus Gunn.
After the game Lukaku apparently confronted Pogba over the penalty, and the pair got into an arguement. This also led to Lukaku reportedly reminding Pogba that he had supported the Frenchman during the difficult Jose Mourinho period, during which the midfielder regularly found himself on the bench.
The forward also added that had the roles been reversed, he would have happily handed his teammate the ball to complete his hat-trick. It was at this point that Salah’s name was brought up, with Lukaku reportedly using the Egyptian’s goodwill gesture — when he gave up his penalty duties against Arsenal — as an example of how Pogba should have reacted.
Roberto Firmino was on a hat-trick back in December, during Liverpool’s 5-1 demolition of Arsenal. Liverpool had won a penalty, which Salah was entitled to take as the team’s designated spot-kick taker. But last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner decided to hand the ball to his teammate instead, helping him to complete his hat-trick — something Lukaku allegedly feels Pogba should have done as well for him.
“Mo Salah gave the penalty to Bobby (Firmino) and I almost cried because we all know how much Mo wants to score goals,” Reds boss Jurgen Klopp had said to BBC Sport after that game against the Gunners. “It was really nice. Christmas is over but not between the boys!”
It has to be added that Lukaku did refute any lingering feelings of dissent between the two, saying. “I am a striker and I wanted Paul Pogba to score the penalty,” Lukaku said. “He has been on a good run but he has been an important player for us.”
He also had a message for the “haters” on social media, posting this: “When the hate don’t work they start telling lies.”
This incident shows that Lukaku cares about scoring and has that selfish streak that all strikers need to have to thrive at the highest stage, so that is a big bonus. Manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will also be pleased with Lukaku’s second straight double, one that won them three crucial points, and the general feeling around the dressing room will be that the striker and Pogba, who are best friends if the media is to be believed, can put aside this minor hiccup and continue performing and taking United as close to the top of the table as possible with nine games remaining in the season.