PAUL POGBA threw his hat into the ring with a contender for miss of the season… only to have his blushes spared by a dodgy call from the linesman.
Manchester United were trailing 1-0 to Valencia in their final Champions League group game when the French star missed a total sitter – as the Spaniards went on to win 2-1.
Rex Features2 Paul Pogba somehow missed from three yards out against Valencia
Recalled to the starting XI with United already qualified for the last-16, Pogba couldn't have made more of a hash of his shot if he tried.
After Marouane Fellaini nodded the ball into his path, Pogba somehow conspired to slot the ball wide from three yards out.
The assistant referee had his flag up, but replays showed he was level with the last defender.
Either way, Pogba, 25, looked shocked at the miss as he buried his face in his shirt.
Getty2 Paul Pogba could not believe he'd missed the near-open goal
At half-time of the game pundits Owen Hargreaves and Michael Owen had their say on the incredible sitter miss.
Hargreaves claimed: "It’s one of the misses of the season. It’s a moment that shows how low his confidence is, with that finish alone.
"It’s an easy finish for such a gifted technical player."
Meanwhile, Owen added: "It was never offside, His technique wasn’t bad – the last thing you’re going to do is hit it wide.
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"If he goes over it’s just not concentrating in front of goal. Once you keep it down it’s virtually impossible not to score. To hit it wide is unbelievable."
Now, fans on social media have been quick to slate the under-fire midfielder for the shocking miss, with some claiming it was deliberate.
Here's what Twitter's had to say…
— RFP 18/19 🔥🔥🔥 (@REALFootPronos) December 12, 2018
90million for @paulpogba has got to be the biggest waste of money I’ve ever see! Congratulations @ManUtd #mufc
— Dave Skelton (@daveskelton799) December 12, 2018
Ah thank goodness😂. Pogba saw the flag go up. I am sure of it.
— Nduka (@Daniel_ND_) December 12, 2018
Pogba missed that chance because he wanted to Miss it
— Mo’ (@MalumeMo_) December 12, 2018
Sometimes i feel like Pogba is doing all this intentionally to get jose sacked
— Aayush (@Reus_11x) December 12, 2018
pogba cost 89m looool
— Ellis (@ETDesigns_) December 12, 2018
After that miss Pogba deserves to be benched. Not even on target 😂😂
— Half Man Half Amazing (@CART_BLOUNGE) December 12, 2018
— Nkululeko khulu Ndlovu (@Nkanyezi5) December 12, 2018
Think we can safely say pogba is having a day off on Sunday #mufc
— always a red (@johnny1999_3) December 12, 2018
Paul Pogba….Am not surprised.😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Osagie (@osagieb) December 12, 2018
Tbh that Pogba miss was Jose’s fault 😂😂😂
— Jose Mourinho 💎 (@MouTheTactician) December 12, 2018