Manchester United have expressed “disgust” at the racial abuse received by Paul Pogba after the French midfielder failed to convert a penalty against Wolves following which the match ended in a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.

United took to Twitter to write: ” Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination. #allredallequal.(sic)”

Meanwhile, Pogba’s teammate Harry Maguire wrote: Disgusting. Social media need to do something about it… Every account that is opened should be verified by a passport/driving licence. Stop these pathetic trolls making numerous accounts to abuse people.”

Talking about the penalty kick that drew Pogba the criticism, with both the sides having scored one goal each till the second-half, the Frenchman was fouled by Conor Coady and got up to take the spot-kick, despite failing with three penalties last season and Marcus Rashford scoring from one against Chelsea on the opening weekend.

Pogba executed a powerful shot but was pushed away by Rui Patricio, who saved low to his right.

The problem for Paul Pogba was not in taking the second-half penalty with which Manchester United should have won the match. It was insisting on taking it. And with the miss, United dropped two precious points and re-opened the debate over the lack of leadership in their side and Pogba’s role in it.