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Friday 20 September 2019

United pay for Pogba penalty

Missed change: Manchester United's Paul Pogba (r) has his penalty saved by Wolverhampton Wanderers' Rui Patricio which would have sent United to the top of the table
Missed change: Manchester United's Paul Pogba (r) has his penalty saved by Wolverhampton Wanderers' Rui Patricio which would have sent United to the top of the table

Paul Pogba was under fire after Manchester United paid the penalty and dropped valuable points in the Premier League title race with a 1-1 draw away to Wolves.

And boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer has been forced to defend his policy on penalty taking after admitting that it's left to players Pogba and Marcus Rashford to decide who takes the spot kicks.

In-form Rashford admitted: "Paul wanted to take it" and allowed the Frenchman take the kick which was saved.

"The two of them are designated penalty takers," Solskjaer said.

"It is up to them who take it there and then. "We won't change it after this week. The two have been confident. Last week Marcus scored a goal and today Paul was confident."

United had the opportunity to go ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal on goal difference if they had won at Molinuex. But Wolves' home ground proved to be tough terrain for them yet again as the draw puts Solksjaer under pressure.

United went in front through Anthony Martial on 27 minutes, Rashford with the assist, a boost for Solskjaer to see his forwards on form as he prepares to allow the want-away Alexis Sanchez leave on loan.

But Ruben Neves levelled for the home side five minutes into the second half. João Moutinho sent in the corner and Neves was on hand to get the home side level with a stunning finish.

United had the chance to go back in front on 67 minutes when Conor Coady fouled Paul Pogba in the box.

Pogba took responsibility for the kick after a 'debate' with Marcus Rashford but saw his effort saved.

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