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Watch: The Paul Pogba 'dive' that got Jose Mourinho sent to the stands

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Paul Pogba had an eventful first half during Manchester United's home game against West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The world's most expensive midfielder notched up his first ever Premier League assist when he produced a perfectly weighted ball for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to guide into the back of the net.

However, the Frenchman also picked up a yellow card for simulation in the first 45 minutes - a booking that left Jose Mourinho so enraged that he was sent to the stands for his reaction.

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Dive?

The incident occurred in the 27th minute just as the home side were beginning to find some momentum after a sticky start that had seen them fall behind inside the first two minutes.

Pogba was in possession when West Ham's tough-tackling captain Mark Noble came to apply pressure. With referee John Moss in perfect position, Pogba's evasive action to escape his opponent's challenge was deemed worthy of a yellow card for diving.

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To say Mourinho was unhappy with the decision to book the midfielder would be an understatement. 

The United manager ranted at the fourth official before kicking a water bottle in anger - his actions leading to his own punishment from the referee as he was sent to watch the remainder of the game in the stands.

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Whether Pogba was guilty of diving or was simply getting out of the way to avoid Noble's right boot quickly became a hot topic on social media.

As you might expect, the majority of United supporters on social media believe their man was hard done by and, in fact, could have been seriously injured if he hadn't got his legs out of the way in time...

Times journalist Henry Winter offered an update at half-time of Sunday's Premier League fixture - revealing that Pogba himself had made his case to Moss as the two made their way down the Old Trafford tunnel after the first 45 minutes.

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