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Paul Pogba: Pundit defends Man Utd star's ‘red card’ Dele Alli tackle but delivers warning

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United earned a huge 1-0 win over Tottenham at Wembley yesterday with Pogba supplying an excellent assist for Marcus Rashford's first-half goal.

Looking to shield the ball away from Alli as the two competed for possession, Pogba's studs raked down his opponent's stretching right thigh.

Referee Mike Dean spotted the incident and issued a yellow card - but the nature of Pogba's tackle was widely condemned and he was fortunate not to face stricter punishment.

Fletcher - appearing on Match of the Day 2 - felt that because Pogba was focused on the ball, the challenge did not warrant a dismissal.

Fletcher did acknowledge Pogba was not in control of his challenge - and declared it a fault with the star's brand of football.

"I'm only joking. At the time I'll be honest, I thought Pogba was trying to plant his foot and roll Alli.".

"It was only a couple of weeks ago I saw Jonjo Shelvey do pretty much exactly the same thing to Pogba and I said Shelvey should've got a red card. Pogba was probably fortunate to get away with that one."

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