Solskjaer names permanent penalty taker after Pogba miss

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Paul Pogba of Manchester United looks dejected following his side's defeat during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

After a weekend which saw Manchester United losing two points thanks to a missed Paul Pogba penalty, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named Marcus Rashford as the permanent penalty taker.

According to reports, the Norwegian announced his decision to the players in the Molineux dressing room following the side’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.

While Manchester United had dominated the game for large periods, they were unable to kill the game, thanks largely to a missed Paul Pogba penalty when the Red devils were still leading the game.

After the match, while the pundits were busy criticizing the Frenchman, Solskjaer made it clear to his players that from now on it would be the England International Marcus Rashford who would perform the spot-kick duties.

Solskjaer tore into Pogba and Rashford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 25: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United is seen prior to the International Champions Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at the Shanghai Hongkou Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images )

In addition to naming the permanent penalty taker, it is also reported that the Manchester United boss tore into both Rashford and Poga for their on-field antics. 

After being awarded a penalty when Pogba was brought down insde the Wolves half, there was a heated argument involving the Frenchman and Rashford as to who would take the penalty.

Solskjaer, it is claimed, wasn’t happy to see two of the team’s best performers squabble on the pitch with millions watching the clash on live television.

Consequently, as soon as the game finished, the Norwegian finished no time to settle this issue once and for all by telling Pogba that he won’t be taking penalties from now on.


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during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on January 19, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

This penalty debate has surfaced at a time when the long-term future of Paul Pogba is still unclear, with the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus both watching from the sidelines. 

Having suggested earlier in the summer that he wanted a new challenge, Pogba had some lengthy conversations with manager Solskjaer who tried to convince Pogba that he was in the team’s long-term plans.

While Manchester United claimed to have settled the issue, the constant rumors which are linking the Frenchman away from the club suggest that not everything is right with the World Cup winning midfielder.

Having said that, with less than a fortnight remaining in the closure of European summer transfer window and Manchester United not budging on their 89million valuation of the Frenchman, it seems highly unlikely that Pogba would leave Manchester United in this window.

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