Pogba misses penalty in Red Devils draw

Paul Pogba failed to convert from the penalty spot in their 1-1 Premier League draw with Wolves.
Paul Pogba failed to convert from the penalty spot in their 1-1 Premier League draw with Wolves.

Paul Pogba missed a penalty for the fourth time in the past year as Manchester United had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League on Monday.

The France midfielder's 68th-minute attempt was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who dived to his right to palm the ball away.

Pogba, who pulled his jersey over his face when the final whistle sounded, took over spot-kick duties after an apparent discussion with Marcus Rashford, who scored a penalty in the 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season and who has scored other crucial penalties for his club and England this year.

Anthony Martial put United into the lead at Molineux after running onto Rashford's pass and shooting high into the net in the 27th.

United handed Martial the No. 9 jersey for this season, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demanding more goals from the winger he has converted into a striker. It's now two goals in two games for the Frenchman, who also netted from close range against Chelsea.

Wolves were overrun in the first half but improved in the second stanza and scored what proved to be the equaliser through a superb strike from Ruben Neves.

The midfielder received the ball on the edge of the area from Joao Moutinho, took a touch, and curled a shot in off the crossbar.

Wolves also drew their first game 0-0 at Leicester while United dropped their first points after their thrashing of Chelsea.

Ex-United defender Gary Neville described the apparent confusion over the missed penalty as "embarrassing".

"They should decide in the dressing room who is the penalty taker - it's embarrassing," he told Sky News.

"This is a Manchester United penalty, this not a tombola, this is not under-fives on the school field.

"Rashford scored last week - take the penalty. But there wasn't a leader out there. Something wasn't right."

United boss Solskjaer dismissed the penalty confusion, insisting both Pogba and Rashford are designated to take spot-kicks for the club.

"The two of them are designated penalty shooters and it's up to them there and then who feels 'this is mine'.

"Sometimes players just feel they are confident enough to score - Paul has scored so many penalties for us and today Rui Patricio made a good save.

"The two of them have been very confident. I like players with confidence and the feeling that 'I can do this'."

Rashford added: "Paul wanted to take it - it's that simple.

"Everybody can miss a penalty. He's scored countless penalties for us so it's normal to miss one.

"I took one last week so for me it's no problem for him to take one this week. It's unfortunate he didn't score but it's not on him, it's as a team and we take it forward to the next game."

Australian Associated Press