Paul Pogba now know how it feels to lose a Manchester derby after United came unstuck by rivals City at Old Trafford.
Pep Guardiola handed Jose Mourinho his first defeat as United manager, goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho helping the Citizens to an impressive 2-1 win.
There was no better stage for Pogba to show just why United paid a world-record fee of £89 million for him in the transfer window. It’s these types of games that Mourinho will be expecting him to dominate.
Unfortunately, the Frenchman was largely anonymous. United needed a spark when they fell two goals behind inside 36 minutes but Pogba certainly didn’t provide it.
The 23-year-old was by no means terrible but with a price tag of £89m, opposing fans will not hesitate to mock him on social media whenever he fails to perform. Pogba can’t complain about it, either. It’s just what comes from being the most expensive player in football history.
The midfielder proved his penchant for social media during his lengthy summer transfer saga, and he responded to United’s defeat with a rather inspirational message on Twitter.
“We don't lose we learn, United we stand," reads the caption.
Philosophical stuff from the former Juventus man.
Pogba's post led to a barrage of criticism from fans, who couldn't help but laugh at the comment that United's didn't "lose".
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard both produced below-par performances in the first half but Mourinho could also have been referring to Pogba when he admitted that “two or three players” left him disappointed at half-time.
“Look, I have two or three players in the first half who if I know what was going to happen I would not play them,” Mourinho reflected. “Sometimes players disappoint managers.
“They didn’t give me what I want. It’s their fault, it’s my fault.”