Mark Noble sends friendly message to Paul Pogba following bust-up during West Ham United stalemate

by Leo Nieboer

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has taken to social media to insist there was no bad blood with Paul Pogba after their bust-up during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with David Moyes’ side on Thursday night.

A truly mundane affair was slowly drawing to a close when Pogba cheekily tripped up Noble, who then furiously went at the Frenchman, grappling at his face in truly strange fashion.

The pair shared a warm embrace at the end to signal that all was forgotten, and Noble took to social media following the game to emphasise that he had no problems with Pogba whatsoever.

It was, put simply, a bit sad to watch – kind of like when that kid who always gets picked on in class suddenly and inexplicably fights back, his face contorted with rage and hands grappling all over the place in a kind of manic frenzy, years upon years of surpassed emotion pouring out in one embarrassing episode.

Pogba looked down and laughed, probably surprised at the timing and nature of the attack, before Luke Shaw – credit where it’s due – piled in to take on about seven West Ham players including Andy Carroll.

On reflection, these things happen in football. “The heat of the moment” is a thing we hear often in football and indeed life in general, and this was another example.

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