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Maguire: Pogba apologized for giving away soft penalty

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Harry Maguire says Paul Pogba apologised to his Manchester United team-mates after giving away a penalty in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against West Ham.

Paul Pogba could have cost his side precious points in their 1-1 draw against the Hammers on Wednesday night.

A brief loss of concentration saw the Frenchman raise his hands in the air in an attempt to ‘block’ a Declan Rice free-kick. A laughable decision considering he was in his own box.

The West Ham players clamored for a penalty and a look via VAR confirmed Pogba was indeed guilty as claimed.

Michail Antonio scored calmly to give the Hammers the lead at the end of the first half.

Mason Greenwood leveled matters with a brilliant goal early in the second half and both sides had to settle for a draw.

Gary Neville wasn’t pleased with Pogba and labelled him ’embarrassing’ for giving a soft penalty.

But Harry Maguire has come in defense of his teammate. The United captain admits Pogba could have ‘done better’ but was pleased to see him take responsibility for his actions.

“You could say it was a natural reaction from Paul. Should he do it? He probably should take one in the face, but he has apologised, he held his hands up and knew that he shouldn’t do that,” Maguire told Sky Sports.

“It was soft because it’s probably not ending up in a goal, they’ve been given a penalty and got an amazing opportunity to take the lead.”

He added: “We came here wanting three points so we’re disappointed. When we play at Old Trafford we want to win every game.”

Manchester United now have it in their own hands ahead of the final day. Results went their way as Liverpool edged out Chelsea in an eight-goal thriller.

As long as United don’t lose against Leicester City, they would be back in the Champions League.