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Solskjaer explains Pogba-Rashford penalty-taking decision

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed Manchester United’s decision to allow Paul Pogba to resume penalty duties at Wolves, after the midfielder missed a crucial spot kick in the club’s 1-1 draw at Molyneux on Monday night.

Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio saved from Pogba as United were held by the Midlands side, with many surprised the 26-year-old took the kick after Marcus Rashford had scored from the spot against Chelsea last weekend.

Pogba was United’s designated penalty taker last season but speaking to Sky Sports, Solskjaer has now revealed that the duo will share the responsibility this season, and says it is up to the pair to decide who feels confident in stepping up.

“The two of them [Pogba and Marcus Rashford] are designated penalty takers, it’s up to them there and then – ‘this is mine’.

“Sometimes players just feel they are confident to score. Paul has scored so many for us and today it was a good save. You can see the slides on the Powerpoint [to prove they were both designated penalty takers].

“The two of them have been confident before. Marcus scored last week but Paul was also confident. I like players with confidence.”

The French midfielder was criticised after the game for taking over penalty duties, most vociferously by former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville.

The Red Devils’ next fixture in the league is a home tie against Crystal Palace, who have yet to register a win this season.

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