Solskjaer decides on permanent Manchester United penalty taker after Pogba's miss against Wolves

By Mirror: Wednesday, August 21st 2019 at 08:55 GMT +3 | Football
Paul Pogba, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer [Courtesy]

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly selected Marcus Rashford as Manchester United's permanent penalty taker.

The decision comes after Paul Pogba missed from the spot in Monday night's 1-1 draw with Wolves.

The French midfielder grabbed the penalty after being felled at Molineux but saw his spot-kick saved by Portugal's Rui Patricio.

Pogba's penalty record is shaky at best and many were puzzled by Solskjaer's decision to let him step up, particularly after Rashford scored against Chelsea on the opening weekend.

The Sun reports Solskjaer tore into the two players over the penalty incident in the dressing room at full time.

And it is claimed the United boss told his players that Rashford will take penalties from now on.

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Solskjaer refused to criticise his players publicly when speaking to the media after the game and insisted both Pogba and Rashford are designated takers.

Manchester United's Anthony Martial celebrates scoring their first goal with teammate Marcus Rashford. [Reuters]

The United boss told Sky Sports: "It is up to them, there and then, to decide 'this is mine'.

"Sometimes, players feel that they are confident to score. Paul has scored so many penalties for us but today Patricio made a good save.

Asked if the situation would change, Solskjaer said: "No. The two of them have been very confident before. Marcus scored last week and would have loved to but Paul was confident."

Pogba has suffered racial abuse after missing the penalty with teammates Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire both condemning social media users.

Maguire wrote on Twitter: "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."

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