Ole Gunnar Solskjaer forced to break up dressing room bust-up between Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku after Southampton win Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Mar 2019 11:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Romelu Lukaku was furious with Paul Pogba (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to intervene to break up an argument between Manchester United team-mates Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku after the side’s win against Southampton on Saturday.The Belgian scored the winner – his second of the game – in the dying stages against the Saints and had the perfect chance to complete his hat-trick when United were awarded a penalty in injury time.However, Pogba – who is the club’s designated penalty taker – refused to give Lukaku the spot kick and the Belgian was even more furious when the midfielder failed to convert from 12 yards.United hadn’t recorded a hat-trick since Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s treble against St Etienne in 2016 and Lukaku felt Pogba should have given him the opportunity to boost his confidence with the spot kick.ADVERTISEMENT Lukaku scored a late winner but was denied the chance to get his hat-trick (Picture: Getty)The pair are close friends off the field and Lukaku initiated the blazing row in the dressing room by telling Pogba he supported him when he fell out with Jose Mourinho, according to the Sun.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe striker told Pogba he would have given him the ball if the roles were reversed and cited Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, who gave up his penalty duties for Roberto Firmino when he was on a hat-trick against Arsenal in December, as an example.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsPogba hit back by claiming he was only doing his job as the designated penalty taker and Solskjaer is said to have stepped in to calm the argument down after what was a pivotal win for the side.The Norwegian told the pair to forget about the incident and was able to calm tensions between the players. Advertisement Advertisement Solskjaer was forced to intervene in the dressing room (Picture: Getty)United can ill-afford to lose their focus as they travel to Paris this week seeking to overturn a two-goal defecit against Paris Saint-Germain.Pogba will remain in Manchester as he’s suspended for the second-leg and Lukaku is expected to start as Solskjaer deals with having ten injured first team players.MORE: Juan Mata pinpoints Manchester United youngster James Garner’s two biggest strengths
Clonoulty Rossmore and Mullinahone meet at 2 followed by the clash of Kildangan and Drom & Inch at 3.30The winners then join Thurles Sarsfield and Killenaule in the draw later for the last four encounter.Tipp FM will have live updates from both matches at Semple Stadium this afternoon.
Draft Day 2 in the booksThe Dodgers took seven players on Day 2 of the amateur draft, one each in rounds four through 10.Fourth-round pick Philip Pfeifer, a left-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt, is a teammate of first-round pick Walker Buehler.The others were Yavapai College (Ariz.) infielder Willie Calhoun (fourth round), Lakewood High School infielder Brendon Davis (fifth round), Florida International University first baseman Edwin Rios (sixth round), Gonzaga University right-hander Andrew Sopko (seventh round), Haverford College (Pa.) right-hander Tommy Bergjans (eighth round), Cal State Dominguez Hills right-hander Kevin Brown (ninth round) and University of Texas Pan American outfielder Logan Landon (10th round).Bergjans is a graduate of Los Angeles’ Loyola High School. Brown is a graduate of Newbury Park High School.Injury updatesOutfielder Scott Van Slyke said he will go out on a rehab assignment before returning from the 15-day disabled list. He is eligible to be activated Monday, when the Dodgers visit the Texas Rangers, and might do so if he completes his rehab stint this weekend.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Carl Crawford (oblique) has resumed running at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., a significant step forward for the veteran outfielder.“Unless he has some kind of a setback, he’s probably going to be doing more and more every day,” Mattingly said.Pitchers Brandon League (Wednesday) and Joel Peralta (Thursday) are scheduled to make rehab appearances for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga this week. Pitcher Brandon Beachy is scheduled to throw a simulated game Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.All-Star voting updateDodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is second to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt in the latest fan voting update for the 2015 All-Star Game. Gonzalez — who had been in the lead since the first votes were released to the public — now has 1,882,725 votes to Goldschmidt’s 2,010,049.After a scorching start to the season, Gonzalez now trails Goldschmidt in all of the most widely used statistical categories: home runs (16 to 11), RBIs (47 to 39), batting average (.340 to .329), on-base percentage (.466 to .407) and slugging percentage (.650 to .589). Goldschmidt even has a better WAR (3.8 to 2.7)The next vote tallies will be released June 23 and June 30. The game is July 12.Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal moved into fifth place among National League catchers, while Howie Kendrick is fourth among second basemen. Joc Pederson is 10th among outfielders. Baffert is also riding a different wave since his last ceremonial first pitch in 2002, a wave no trainer has experienced in a generation. American Pharoah, who won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, is the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.This horse did not make Baffert a household name; he already was one. American Pharoah has merely made him speechless.“I really didn’t realize the impact of it until it hit me, probably, yesterday,” he said. “Since this happened, it’s totally different … I’m still waiting for it to die down.”Horse racing and baseball don’t overlap much, but Baffert conversed with the umpires prior to the game. Apparently, he also knows enough about baseball to know which Dodgers player is nicknamed the “Wild Horse.”“(American Pharoah) is the nicest horse you’d ever be around, but then when he gets to the racetrack he wants to dominate,” Baffert said. “I guess he’d be like (Yasiel) Puig. When he gets out there he’s gonna dominate.” Bob Baffert has done the baseball crossover publicity tour before. He threw a ceremonial first pitch in Baltimore in 1997, after Silver Charm won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Since then, Baffert has thrown enough first pitches (and trained enough champion horses) that it hardly seemed like a first when he did so Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.But this one was different for a few reasons. Like many Arizona natives, Baffert grew up rooting for the Dodgers, and this was his first time on the mound at Dodger Stadium.“There was no Diamondbacks when I grew up,” he said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error