Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his decision to have two designated penalty takers, after Paul Pogba’s missed spot kick denied the Red Devils victory against Wolves.
After being brought down in the area by Ryan Bennett, there were discussions between Pogba and Marcus Rashford as to who would take the penalty, with the Frenchman eventually taking responsibility following Rashford’s success last weekend.
The midfielder missed, however, and after the game Solskjaer also defended Pogba for having confidence to shoot from 12 yards.
“[Pogba took it] because the two of them are the designated penalty shooters, and it’s up to them, there and then, who feels that it is theirs,” the manager said.
“Sometimes, players just feel that they’re confident enough to score. Paul’s scored so many penalties for us, and today Patricio made a good save.
“There is a system, you can see the slides on the PowerPoint. That doesn’t change after tonight, the two of them have been very confident before and last week, Marcus scored a goal.
“I’m sure [Rashford] would have loved to [score tonight], but Paul is also confident and plays with confidence and has the feeling of ‘I can do this’.”
Next weekend, United will attempt to return to winning ways when they host Crystal Palace on Saturday.
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