Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has stated that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be protecting Paul Pogba with his claims of the team having two penalty-takers in the form of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.
The Frenchman failed to convert a penalty against Wolves in United’s last match, which ultimately cost them the win. And according to Neville, he can understand the team having two spot-kick takers as Marcus Rashford gets substituted more often than Pogba.
"I can understand having two penalty takers if one’s the penalty taker and the other is if there’s a substitution - to be fair, Marcus Rashford does get substituted, Pogba not as much but could get substituted. So I could understand that maybe you have a first penalty taker and a second,” he was quoted by Goal.
Rashford and Pogba in the locker room after the game: pic.twitter.com/aIhD9KrtdN— IG@manesagent (@manesagent) August 20, 2019
Neville then went on to state that the World Cup winner is a confident man and will always be ready to step up take penalties but that doesn’t change the fact that he has missed four penalties in the last year and that while he believes Solskjaer is telling the truth regarding have two spot-kick takers, there is also a chance he is saying that to protect the Frenchman.
"I think the problem is that Pogba has missed four in the last 12 months. He will always be confident because he’s confident in his own ability. But if it’s been left to the players, surely the guy who scored last week is the person who should take the penalty. He scored last week.
"I think Ole’s telling us the truth. The only thing I would say is, he may be protecting Pogba. I don’t think he is, but he could be.”