PAUL POGBA thumped his locker repeatedly before saying sorry to team-mates after his Champions League red card.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer then turned his own hairdryer on for the first time — in dramatic scenes in the Old Trafford dressing room on Tuesday night.
They came in the moments after a crushing 2-0 home defeat to Paris Saint-Germain that all but ended their Euro dreams.
Superstar Pogba was sent off in the 89th minute for a second yellow and will now miss the March 6 return in Paris.
But Solskjaer was more concerned with how his team had lost their composure as his run of ten wins and a draw ended. And he let rip at his players on Tuesday night.
A United source said: “Ole told them that they tried to play the game as if it was a one-legged tie. He had told them to remain patient and not to concede easy goals.
“And they then went and conceded from a relatively easy set-piece and everything just went downhill from there.”
United now have a mountain to climb, particularly without Pogba who is banned for the second leg, and the World Cup winner was furious with himself.
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The source said: “Pogba was distraught and he apologised to all of his team-mates.
“He felt as if he had let them down and he is now gutted to be missing the second leg. He banged his locker in anger several times.”
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It was the first time the United players had felt the pain of defeat since the 3-1 loss away to Liverpool on December 16, which finally triggered Jose Mourinho’s dismissal.
But Solskjaer left his players with a message of hope for the second leg.
The United source said: “The players were so deflated after the game — they have not felt that bad since the time Mourinho was in charge.
“Ole tried to keep them optimistic about the second leg. He told them that they have to remain positive because in football anything can happen.”