Sports Cricket 21 Aug 2019 Manchester United, P ...

Manchester United, Paul Pogba pay the penalty

AFP
Published Aug 21, 2019, 2:13 am IST
Updated Aug 21, 2019, 2:13 am IST
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead through Anthony Martial’s second Premier League goal of the season in the first half.
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba (right) reacts after his penalty was saved by Wolverhampton goalkeeper Rui Patricio in the English Premier League match at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton on Monday. (Photo: AP)
 Manchester United’s Paul Pogba (right) reacts after his penalty was saved by Wolverhampton goalkeeper Rui Patricio in the English Premier League match at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton on Monday. (Photo: AP)

Wolverhampton: Manchester United were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Wolves after Paul Pogba’s penalty was saved by Rui Patricio at Molineux on Monday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead through Anthony Martial’s second Premier League goal of the season in the first half. Ruben Neves hit a brilliant equaliser for Wolves after the interval before France star Pogba was denied by Patricio.

 

It was a curious decision for Pogba to take the spot-kick as Marcus Rashford had scored a penalty in last weekend’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea and also memorably netted the Champions League last-16 winner from the spot against Paris Saint Germain last term. Pogba has now missed four Premier League penalties since the start of last season.

United would have gone top of the table with a win, but instead they were left to reflect on an inconsistent performance that underlined why Solskjaer still has a lot of work to do to turn his team into title contenders.

While there were moments of promise in attack and defence, United didn’t take their chances and crumbled too easily when they came under pressure in their second game of the season. At an average of 24 years and 173 days, Solskjaer had picked United’s youngest Premier League starting line-up since the final day of the 2016-17 campaign.

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