Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has slammed the club for its lack of leadership following their 1-1 draw against Wolves last night.
United had a golden opportunity to snatch a victory, but Paul Pogba saw his penalty saved by Wolves keeper Rui Patricio. Consequently, United had to settle for a point.
Gary Neville slams Manchester United following Paul Pogba penalty miss
In the aftermath of the game, a fuming Gary Neville slammed the Red Devils for their lack of leadership on the field.
Replays of the events leading up to the penalty showed that Pogba and Marcus Rashford had a discussion over who would step up to take the kick.
Rashford netted a penalty against Chelsea last week, but was quite willing to let the Frenchman step up this time around.
Neville accuses United of lacking leaders
Pogba went on to miss the penalty, sparking a furious row among fans and pundits as to why United do not have a designated penalty-taker.
“Why is there a debate on who takes the penalty? I don’t like it. There should never be a debate. Pogba has missed four in the last 12 months. You’d think he has had his chance. Rashford scored last week – take the penalty. But there wasn’t a leader out there. Something wasn’t right. They couldn’t make a decision between them.”
A similar incident occurred in the Chelsea game as well when Martial, Rashford and Pogba lined up to have a discussion about who would take the penalty.
“Initially, I was fuming with Pogba. But when I looked at what happened with last week’s penalty with Chelsea, it was weird. It isn’t right. We don’t come on air tonight and ask each other which pieces of analysis we’re doing – we decide before we come on. They should decide in the dressing room. It’s embarrassing.”
Rashford has never missed a penalty in his professional career, which poses the question as to why he did not step up in the first place.
The fact that Pogba won the spot-kick in the first place might have had something to do with his decision to take the penalty as well.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when quizzed about the incident, admitted that both players are the designated penalty takers.
It will be interesting to see who steps up next time around. However, for now, United will be ruing the missed opportunity to go top of the table.