Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, insists Paul Pogba has proven himself on several occasions that he can be clinical from the spot despite his crucial penalty miss in Manchester United’s 1-1 stalemate with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.
United were looking for a first victory at the Molineux since 2012, and were presented with a chance to win it with less than 20-minutes on the clock as Pogba was brought down in the box by Conor Coady.
Despite failing to convert his last three penalty kicks, the Frenchman decided to go for glory himself, and saw his effort saved by Rui Patricio; leading to him being subjected to vile racist abuse on twitter by some disgruntled fans o twitter.
Rashford, who scored from the spot in United’s win against Chelsea last Sunday, has however come to the defense of his teammate, asserting that Pogba was the right man to take the spot kick.
“I think if you ask anyone in the team, they’ll feel confident to take the penalty,’ Rashford said. Paul wanted to take it, I took the one last week and it was no problem.”
“But he’s scored countless penalties for us, countless penalties in his career and it’s normal for somebody to miss a penalty.
“We don’t need to make a deal of it; if we had another penalty, I’m sure he’d score,” Rashford added.
The 21-year-old England international also expressed his thoughts on his team’s performance, revealing that there were plenty of positives to take away from the single point gained.
“We still have things to work on, but it was a decent performance,” Rashford admitted to MUTV.
“But [we were] unlucky to come away with a point. It feels like we’ve lost the game.
“I’ve compared it to last time we were here and it’s a million miles off that performance.
“We know that we’ve improved individually and as a team. The result is disheartening but we brush ourselves down and go again.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men opened the scoring after 27 minutes courtesy an Anthony Martial strike; but a beauty from Ruben Neves in the second half cancelled it out and ensured that the points were shared.
Despite not getting on the scoresheet, Rashford registered an assist with a neatly threaded through ball to send Martial through to score his 50th goal for the club.
“Beautiful goal. It’s something that we spoke about, especially against a team like Wolves that try and defend so narrow.
“There’s spaces as a number nine to the sides of the box. He was making those runs all game, we have to do better to try and find him. That just comes at the tempo we play.
“If we play it a bit quicker through the midfield then into the number 10s or the wingers, we can get him on the ball more and start to make things happen.”