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Lukaku sends cryptic message after report of bust-up with Pogba over penalty miss

09:57 WAT 05/03/2019
Romelu Lukaku Paul Pogba Man Utd 2019
The Belgian was reportedly angry with his team-mate for not letting him to take the spot-kick against Southampton but he's seemingly denied the story

Romelu Lukaku has posted a cryptic message where he appears to deny a report that had claimed he had a row with Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba over the Frenchman's penalty miss against Southampton.

A report in The Sun newspaper claimed that the pair had to be separated by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the game, with Lukaku apparently unhappy that Pogba had denied him the chance of scoring a hat-trick.

United had fallen behind in Saturday's Premier League clash, with Yan Valery's stunning strike having given Ralph Hasenhuttl's side a shock lead at Old Trafford after 26 minutes.

Andreas Pereira levelled shortly after half-time, however, before two goals from Belgium international Lukaku, either side of an equaliser from James Ward-Prowse, put the hosts in front.

Then came the penalty incident that saw Pogba, the club's designated taker, have his effort saved by goalkeeper Angus Gunn to stop United moving further in front in the game.

And The Sun claims that Lukaku was apparently unhappy not to have been allowed to take the spot-kick to complete his hat-trick, and that he let Pogba know how he felt at full-time.

The 25-year-old has now seemingly denied the story, however, posting on Twitter: "When the hate don’t work they start telling lies..."

Pogba's penalty record in 2018-19 had been positive before Sunday's miss, with the French World Cup winner having scored six of his eight previous spot-kicks this season.

Indeed, he had scored from his last three attempts, against Brighton, Burnley and Fulham, although his miss against Southampton means his record now stands at six scored from nine.

The result against Southampton means United are still very much in the hunt for a top-four finish, with Solskjaer's side currently occupying fourth, one point ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal.

They will turn their attentions to the Champions League next, however, and their crunch last-16 second-leg meeting with PSG in Paris.

The French side hold all the aces in the tie having claimed an impressive 2-0 win over the Red Devils at Old Trafford - Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe grabbing the goals in the first leg back on February 12.

And United's task is all the more difficult bearing in mind that Pogba, who has been so influential for the club since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager, is suspended for the game after his second yellow card for a foul on Dani Alves.