Hammers skipper Noble reacted angrily, jumping to his feet and placing his hands on Pogba’s face, the France international pushing away his midfield counterpart. The pair were booked by referee Jon Moss, while Luke Shaw and Andy Carroll also squared off against one another.
Jose Mourinho and David Moyes both moved to play down a fracas towards the end of a drab goalless draw between West Ham and Manchester United on Thursday night.
While the point was enough to secure second place in the Premier League for United, the 0-0 stalemate at the London Stadium will not live long in the memory. A late flashpoint was the main talking point of a forgettable evening as Mark Noble and Paul Pogba clashed following a trip from the Manchester United man.
|Noble and Pogba smile and share an embrace after the final whistle|
Red Devils boss Mourinho, who praised the fight and determination shown by his players to secure the point needed to seal second place behind runaway champions Manchester City, looked to the post-match niceties between Noble and Pogba to sum up the earlier incident
It was handled well,” he said. “I was watching the images and Paul and Noble looked in love. Hugs and kisses and changing shirts (at full-time). It was good. It was competitive.