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'NOT A TOMBOLA' Neville slams 'embarrassing' Man United as 'selfish' Pogba misses penalty
Catherine mansaray|Aug. 19, 2019
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.
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."
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."
One fan added: "How on earth is Pogba allowed to take that penalty. This is absolute nonsense."
While one claimed: "He is an absolute waste of time. Please get rid of Pogba."
The game at the Molineux Stadium ended as a 1-1 draw after Ruben Neves' screamer cancelled out Anthony Martial's opener.
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