Marcus Rashford backs Paul Pogba to score next penalty after costly miss at Wolves

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Marcus Rashford has played down Manchester United‘s penalty controversy after Paul Pogba’s latest miss.

Rui Patricio saved Pogba’s second-half spot-kick in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves.

The midfielder has now missed four penalties since the start of last season after failing to convert against Burnley, Everton and Southampton.

After the miss Pogba was the subject of racial abuse on Twitter, with United issuing a statement saying they were disgusted and working to identify those responsible.

Rashford has a perfect record from 12 yards having netted in the 4-0 win over Chelsea last week, but he does not blame Pogba for wanting to take the penalty at Molineux.

“I think if you ask anyone in the team, they’ll feel confident to take the penalty. Paul wanted to take it, I took the one last week and it was no problem,” said the 21-year-old.

“But he’s scored countless penalties for us, countless penalties in his career and it’s normal for somebody to miss a penalty.

“We don’t need to make a deal of it; if we had another penalty, I’m sure he’d score.”

Anthony Martial’s 50th United goal opened the scoring only for Ruben Neves to curl in off the bar from outside the box to earn Wolves a draw before Pogba’s penalty miss.

United lost twice to Wolves at Molineux last season – going down 2-1 in the FA Cup and Premier League in a matter of weeks.

Solskjaer’s side were vastly improved from those defeats and after four points from their opening two games, Rashford is satisfied with their development.

“We still have things to work on but it was a decent performance,” Rashford told MUTV. “We were unlucky to come away with a point. It feels like we’ve lost the game.

“I’ve compared it to last time we were here and it’s a million miles off that performance.

“We know that we’ve improved individually and as a team. The result is disheartening but we brush ourselves down and go again.

“We see the improvement, we feel it – but 100 per cent we need to show it. That’s the most important part of it.”

Wolves have drawn their two opening Premier League games of the season and head to Turin to face Torino on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League play-off.

Victory in the tie would take them into the group stage and captain Conor Coady is relishing the task.

“It is amazing. We wanted to finish seventh to have these nights,” he said.

“We have these games coming up. We are going to Torino and is something we are looking forward to.

“We want to play as many games as possible.”

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Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has no problem with two penalty takers

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to blame Paul Pogba after the Manchester United star missed a penalty in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves after taking spot-kick duties from Marcus Rashford.

Pogba wasted a chance to give United their second successive Premier League win when his penalty was saved by Wolves keeper Rui Patricio.

It was the fourth missed penalty by Pogba since the start of last season. The France midfielder appeared to tell Rashford that he wanted to take it, even though his United team-mate had scored from the spot against Chelsea last weekend.

United manager Solskjaer said he allows both Pogba and Rashford to take spot kicks.


“The two of them are designated the penalty shooters and it’s up to them there and then who feels ‘this is mine’,” he said.








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Gary Neville criticises ’embarrassing’ Man United penalty confusion

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Gary Neville described the apparent confusion over the missed penalty that cost Manchester United three points against Wolves as “embarrassing”.

Paul Pogba saw his second half spot-kick saved by Rui Patricio after an apparent debate with Marcus Rashford over who should step up to take it.

Former United defender Neville told Sky Sports: “They should decide in the dressing room who is the penalty taker – it’s embarrassing.

“This is a Manchester United penalty, this not a tombola, this is not under-fives on the school field.

“Rashford scored last week – take the penalty. But there wasn’t a leader out there. Something wasn’t right.”

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dismissed the penalty confusion, insisting both Pogba and Rashford are designated to take spot-kicks for the club.

Solskjaer said: “The two of them are designated the penalty shooters and it’s up to them there and then who feels ‘this is mine’.

“Sometimes players just feel they are confident enough to score – Paul has scored so many penalties for us and today Rui Patricio made a good save.

“The two of them have been very confident. I like players with confidence and the feeling that ‘I can do this’.”

Rashford added: “Paul wanted to take it – it’s that simple.

“Everybody can miss a penalty. He’s scored countless penalties for us so it’s normal to miss one.

“I took one last week so for me it’s no problem for him to take one this week. It’s unfortunate he didn’t score but it’s not on him, it’s as a team and we take it forward to the next game.”

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