Manchester United were poised to shoot to the top of the table against top six destroyers Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night, before one poorly judged decision meant they had to settle for a point.
Anthony Martial was at hand to score his second goal in as many games and give United the lead in the 27th minute, but long-shot expert Ruben Neves levelled with a sumptuous curled effort from outside the area.
Paul Pogba was then dished up a golden opportunity to put his side ahead when he was toppled in the area, but it seems without the Frenchman’s ten-minute long run-up his penalties are tantamount to useless, and following an unnaturally short and snappy approach, his drilled piledriver was comfortably saved by Wolves ‘keeper Rui Patricio.
The choice to allow Pogba to take the penalty was a strange one. Marcus Rashford, just the weekend before, had smashed his own effort past Kepa Arrizabalaga in such competent fashion that we assumed he’d be the only logical option going forward.
And lest we forget the Englishman’s ice-cold spot kick against Paris Saint-Germain last season; rumour has it that side of the Parc de Princes is still thawing.
Match of the Day presenter and footballing legend Gary Lineker took to Twitter to air his view on the decision, calling it “inexplicable”.
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. Particularly if they miss.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 19, 2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cleared things up after the game, explaining that both Pogba and Rashford are permitted to take spot kicks and were thus left to decide amongst themselves.