Gary Neville slams ’embarrassing’ Man Utd as ‘selfish’ Paul Pogba misses penalty after pulling rank on Marcus Rashford

GARY NEVILLE slated "embarrassing" Manchester United after Paul Pogba took the penalty against Wolves instead of Marcus Rashford – and missed.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had the perfect opportunity to regain the lead after Pogba was fouled by Conor Coady inside the box.

Gary Neville slams ’embarrassing’ Man Utd as ‘selfish’ Paul Pogba misses penalty after pulling rank on Marcus Rashford5 Gary Neville slated Paul Pogba after he missed a crucial penalty against WolvesCredit: Getty – Contributor

Supporters expected Rashford to step up to the spot after he scored a penalty against Chelsea last weekend.

But after he had climbed back to his feet, Pogba decided to take the responsibility upon himself.

He has missed four penalties in the Premier League since the start of last season – which is the most out of any player in the competition in that time.

The French World Cup winner struck the ball well, but Rui Patricio made a good save, parrying it away to keep the score locked at 1-1.


After the match, Neville raged: "Before he took the pen I was fuming. I was thinking it's typical Pogba, selfish.

"Why are you even thinking of taking a penalty off of a player?

"The only reason I'm holding back from calling it treacherous is that before before the one against Chelsea, Pogba and Rashford had a long chat and maybe it was Rashford who took it off Pogba against Chelsea.

"Despite that, I don't like it. Why is there a debate about who should take a penalty? There should never be one.

"Pogba has taken and missed penalties so you think he has had his chance. Rashford scored last week so let him take the pen.

"There wasn't a leader on the pitch. They couldn't make a decision. Something wasn't right.

"This is a Manchester United penalty. This is not a tombola or Under-5s on the playground. It wasn't decisive.

"It was like 'go on mate you have it'. They should be deciding this in the dressing room."

This takes it too VAR

By Graeme Bryce

WOLVES have invested millions in state-of-the-art lighting at Molineux.

Yet it could not prevent 31,314 fans being left in the dark at the most critical moment last night.

TV viewers watched another VAR drama unfold, while those at the match were sadly treated like second-class citizens.

The drama centred around Ruben Neves’ sensational leveller for Wolves after 55 minutes.

Joao Moutinho worked a smart short corner one-two with Diogo Jota before pinging the ball to the edge of the box for Neves.

The Portuguese midfielder took a touch, then steered a brilliant effort which beat David De Gea and crashed in off the bar.

But in the bedlam that followed, Wolves fans’ celebrations were cut short as ref Jon Moss consulted with dreaded VAR…

TV viewers were shown a series of grids and lines proving Moutinho was just onside when passed to.

Meanwhile, both sets of fans in the stadium stared at a screen which said, “VAR checking,” and a ref with a finger poked in his ear!

We entered the 21st century with VAR — but   supporters at games sadly remain in the dark ages.

Gary Neville slams ’embarrassing’ Man Utd as ‘selfish’ Paul Pogba misses penalty after pulling rank on Marcus Rashford5 Pogba reacts at full-time of the 1-1 draw at MolineauxCredit: Getty – Contributor
Gary Neville slams ’embarrassing’ Man Utd as ‘selfish’ Paul Pogba misses penalty after pulling rank on Marcus Rashford5 Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said it's up to Pogba and Marcus Rashford to decide between themselvesCredit: Getty – Contributor

Solskjaer said after the game: "The two of them are the designated penalty shooters. It's up to them there and then to decide that 'this is mine'.

"Sometimes players feel they are confident enough – Paul has scored so many penalties for us, today Patricio made a good save."

Fans went wild on social media after Pogba decided to step up to the spot.

Gary Lineker even tweeted: "Inexplicable that Pogba should take the penalty after Rashford took one and scored last week. As a striker that would absolutely do my head in."

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