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Neville fumes at Man United penalty confusion

A bewildered Gary Neville has questioned the Manchester United players’ ‘lack of leadership’ after Paul Pogba’s saved penalty restricted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team to a 1-1 draw at Wolves.

Pogba’s 67th-minute penalty was saved by Patricio as United missed the opportunity to go top of the Premier League table.

Replays showed that Pogba and Marcus Rashford, who scored from the spot last week against Chelsea, having a seemingly-amicable debate before the Frenchman stepped up.

The confusion was branded “embarrassing” by Neville.

Further analysis by Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football team found that a similar discussion took place between Pogba and Rashford, as well as Anthony Martial, before Rashford converted against Chelsea on the opening weekend.

United boss Solskjaer later clarified “the two of them are the designated penalty takers.”

“Why is there a debate on who takes the penalty? I don’t like it,” fumed Neville.

“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.

“Initially, I was fuming with Pogba. But when I looked at what happened with last week’s penalty with Chelsea, it was weird.”

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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