Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not decide who takes penalties for his team, but he has told his players that whoever feels most confident should step up. Earlier in the season, United endured difficulty converting spot-kicks but that has all been forgotten following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes.
Back in August in the 1-1 draw at Wolves, Paul Pogba was heavily criticised after taking a penalty away from Marcus Rashford, who had scored from 12 yards on the opening day of the season against Chelsea.
The Frenchman was adamant that he was the man for the job before Rui Patricio saved to leave Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer red-faced.
Days later against Crystal Palace, Rashford was back on duty but also missed as the Eagles ran out 2-1 winners at Old Trafford.
Then in October, both Rashford and Anthony Martial were denied in the same match by Tim Krul at Norwich.
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Rashford took and scored from the spot in the 5-2 win over Bournemouth last Saturday and the duo seem to be happy to share responsibilities.
Pogba missed three last season but he too could enter the fray now he is fit and firing.
Referee John Moss and VAR faced plenty of criticism last night for the manor in which United were awarded the penalty.
Fernandes seemed to plant his foot into Ezri Konsa’s ankle, yet it was the Aston Villa defender who was penalised.
The Premier League has since admitted that VAR got the decision wrong, whilst also accepting they made similar mistakes in two other Premier League matches.
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Villa boss Dean Smith was infuriated at the full-time whistle and he believes the decision changed the course of the game.
“It all changed around on the penalty decision,” Smith said. “I can understand Jon (referee Jonathan Moss) getting it wrong, he’s on the pitch, but that goes to VAR and I don’t know what they’re looking at.
“It’s a disgraceful decision but I can’t really tell you what I think about it because I’ll get fined. It’s a poor, poor decision.
“They’ve got a screen over there they can go and look at but they don’t seem to be bothered.
“Anybody who has been in football knows Fernandes is trying a double drag back and his first foot is on top of the ball and his next foot is on Ezri Konsa’s shin.
“That (a Villa free-kick) is what I thought he was going to give, the VAR official. And that’s why I was … I won’t tell you what I was thinking at the time.”
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