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
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoJohn Clay was frustrated after he lost a fumble in the first quarter Saturday. He did a good job making up for it.After a 27-yard run on Wisconsin’s game-tying drive, Clay took three straight carries in overtime, the last of which scored the touchdown that allowed Philip Welch to kick the game-winning extra point.“They gave me the nod to finish the game off, and that’s what I did,” Clay said.“They just kept feeding me the rock and they knew I was going to get positive yards.”Clay was put in the game to start the overtime after P.J. Hill suffered an injury on his two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.“I woulda went in,” Hill said, “but I didn’t want to put my team in a tough situation.”With Clay in the game, the Badgers kept the ball on the ground.“What we wanted to do was play basic power football,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said, “and John, for those runs, was probably a better option at that time for us.”In the first quarter, Clay had a lost a fumble on the Badgers’ opening possession that led to a Mustang score.“I had to make up for that fumble,” Clay said, “so every opportunity I got a made a positive out of it.”“They told me they was going to need me, so I just stepped up and did my job.”Despite the injury, Hill was fine watching Clay finish off the game.“He was able to make plays when it was time to make plays,” Hill said. “It was a real crucial situation, and he made something out of it.”Clay finished the game with 107 yards and two touchdowns while Hill finished with 61 yards and a pair of scores. Toon scores first touchdownIt may have been unconventional, but Badger wide receiver Nick Toon scored his first career touchdown late in the first half.Toon had a ball thrown his way at the Mustang goal line, but the ball was knocked high in the air after two Cal Poly defenders converged on him. The freshman stayed with the ball and caught it on the rebound in the end zone.“It wasn’t the prettiest thing, but it feels good to get the first one, and hopefully there are many more to come,” Toon said. “I think it hit the defensive backs helmet — I tried to jump up and grab it and it bounced in the air and I tried to concentrate on it and come down on it.”Bielema was impressed with the play.“Tremendous concentration by Nick Toon to close out the half there when the ball got deflected and he stayed with it and ended up with a touchdown,” Bielema said.Toon finished the game with two receptions for 40 yards and the touchdown. He did miss on a fourth-down catch in the fourth quarter that gave Cal Poly the ball in good field position.“I should’ve had it — it was kind of a weird ball,” Toon said. “I should’ve caught it.” Bowl location still up in the airWith the win, the Badgers are now 7-5 on the season, but the team isn’t sure yet which bowl game it will end up receiving an invitation from to close out the season.Bielema said he didn’t yet have information on where the team would be heading.“I told the guys in the locker room, ‘All I know is we won the football game, and that’s definitely not going to hurt us,’” he said.