Manchester United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has asked Paul Pogba not to take penalty for now, a report says. According to Mirror Sport, Solskjaer has told Marcus Rashford that he is now the club’s designated penalty taker.
Pogba missed a spot kick against Wolves away in the Premier League on Monday, which cost United all three points.
The Frenchman decided to take the kick awarded midway in the second half, when he was brought down by Conor Coady. His effort was saved by goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Pogba spoke briefly with Rashford to decide who should take the penalty, and the England international was expected to step up, giving that he had successfully converted against Chelsea eight days earlier. Angry United fans posted racist abuse of the former Juventus star after the game ended 1-1.
Solskjaer claimed after the game that both players are “designated” takers, but The Sun claimed he only played down the incident in public, and that he was furious in the dressing room.
The Norwegian was said to be angry with both players, and said the decision as to who was taking the penalty should have been made before kick-off.
The Mirror further reported that Solskjaer felt “embarrassed” that the squabble was aired, feeling it showed him in a negative light, as it suggested that he had failed to made a decision on such a crucial part of the game.
The 46-year-old then allegedly told the dressing room that Pogba had been stripped of penalty duties. Pogba has missed four of his last nine penalties, while Rashford has converted all six spot kicks he has taken in his career.