Marcus Rashford defends Paul Pogba as Manchester United missed the opportunity to get to the top of the Premier League as Wolves fought back to win a 1-1 draw.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has defended his team-mate Paul Pogba after the later missed a late penalty that could have secured a win against opponents, Wolves in their second Premier League game of the season.
Pogba missed a clear penalty to put his side 2-1 ahead late in the game after he was brought down in the box by a Wolves defender, Conor Coady.
After the game, Pogba’s poor taken penalty was regarded embarrassing by former United defender Gary Neville insists that he should have left it for Rashford.
Rashford had scored from the spot against Chelsea last weekend but Pogba decided to take the penalty, despite missing three last season.
Speaking after the match, Rashford said that there is no particular penalty taker for United but rather them (players) choose who takes it.
“It’s unfortunate he didn’t score but that’s football. The confidence that you’re going to score is always the same. We practice all week and we score the majority of them,” Rashford said before adding,
“We decide who wants to take it. There is no reason why we shouldn’t score. It’s not on Pogba, it’s on the team.”
Rashford also added that missing a penalty is part of football and any player can easily miss it on a bad day.
“Paul wanted to take it, it’s that simple, anyone can miss a penalty, he has scored so many penalties and it is normal to miss one,” he said.
“It is simple, if you want to take it, you take it. I took one last week so for me, it’s no problem that he took it,” Rashford added in an interview.
Meanwhile, after the game, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that both Pogba and Rashford share penalty duties for the club.
Pogba’s miss deprived Solskjaer of his first win over Wolves in three attempts, after Ruben Neves’s spectacular equaliser.
Appropriately, Wolves head coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, remains unbeaten in six games this season but he was left to reflect on the VAR system for the second time already.
There was a delay after Neves’s excellent goal from outside the box when referee Jonathan Moss took instructions from the video referee over an alleged offside, with the goal eventually given.
Wolves also had a ‘goal’ ruled out by VAR in their first league game at Leicester and Nuno insists a solution must be found.
“I was hoping to stay happy. I don’t know how they will solve it – it’s the emotion, you celebrate a goal so much and then you stay in silence. Don’t take that away from the people,” he said.
“What is worrying me is that we will be afraid to celebrate the goal. You cannot lose the energy and the atmosphere. They have to find a solution to it. Please do it.”
By John Dalton Kigozi