What Paul Pogba did in private as Man Utd boss ranted over Marcus Rashford penalty farce | Football | Sport
Pogba had a discussion with Marcus Rashford over who would take the penalty, with the Frenchman ultimately being given the responsibility.
However, the 26-year-old saw his effort saved by Wolves keeper Rui Patricio, which cost United the chance to win the game.
The fact that Pogba, who missed three penalties last season, had taken the spot-kick was a surprise to many as during United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea, it was Rashford who took the penalty and scored.
After the game Solskjaer refused to be drawn into criticising either player publicly as he insisted they were both penalty takers.
“The two of them are designated penalty shooters and last week Marcus was confident enough to go up,” he said.
“Today, Paul was confident enough and that’s just a decision they’ve made out there, same as they did last week.
“Last week it went well, today it didn’t, that’s football.”
However, according to The Sun, the Norwegian was furious with the debate on the field between the pair and subsequently told the dressing room that Rashford is now the penalty taker.
Pogba’s frustrations at the final whistle were clear for all to see and it is claimed the World Cup winner apologised to his team-mates in the dressing room afterwards.
A 2-1 victory for United at Molineux would have been enough to take them to the top of the league after two games, but the draw nows sees them in fourth place.
United started the game well and Anthony Martial gave them the lead after 27 minutes with a sublime left-foot finish.
Although this was cancelled out ten minutes into the second half, when Ruben Neves found the back of the net with a strike from the edge of the box.
Despite Solskjaer looking to put an end to the debate over who United’s penalty take now is, the spot-kick farce between Pogba and Rashford drew criticism from United legend Gary Neville.
“This is not tombola. This is not five a side,” the Sky Sports pundit said.
“Why is there a debate on who takes a penalty?
“Rashford scored last week. Take the penalty.
“But there wasn’t a leader on the pitch. Something is not right there.
“Initially I was fuming with Pogba. I’m holding back on Pogba because he may be the penalty-taker here. It isn’t right. They should decide before they play.
“This is not right. This is a Manchester United penalty.”