'You're selfish': Football greats rage over 'embarrassing' Paul Pogba moment

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor

Paul Pogba has been widely condemned after a horror penalty miss in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton.

The France midfielder's 68th-minute attempt was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who dived to his right to palm the ball away.

Pogba, who pulled his jersey over his face when the final whistle sounded, took over spot-kick duties from Marcus Rashford.

Rashford had scored a penalty in the 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season and has scored other crucial penalties for his club and England this year.

Paul Pogba, pictured here before he missed his fourth penalty in the last year. Image: NBC
Paul Pogba missed his fourth penalty in the last year. Image: NBC

However Pogba pulled rank and missed it - the fourth penalty he’s missed in the past year.

A number of former players were fuming that he’d taken the spot kick over Rashford.

“Why bother changing?” Owen Hargreaves said on commentary for Optus Sport.

Ryan Giggs added: “I don’t understand it. When a player scores a penalty (the week before) he should be the one taking it.”

Paul Pogba, pictured here after his missed penalty. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Paul Pogba was dejected after the game. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Ex-United defender Gary Neville described the apparent confusion over the missed penalty as "embarrassing".

"They should decide in the dressing room who is the penalty taker - it's embarrassing," he told Sky News.

"This is a Manchester United penalty, this not a tombola, this is not under-fives on the school field.

"Rashford scored last week - take the penalty. But there wasn't a leader out there. Something wasn't right.

“I thought it’s typical you, you’re selfish” he said.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Pogba’s call to take the penalty.

"The two of them are
are designated penalty shooters. It's up to them in that moment,” he said.

“Sometimes players feel that they’re confident enough to score. Paul has scored so many for us."

Fans were scathing in their reactions.

United can’t hold lead

Anthony Martial put United into the lead at Molineux after running onto Rashford's pass and shooting first time with his left foot high into the net in the 27th.

United handed Martial the No. 9 jersey for this season, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demanding more goals from the winger he has converted into a striker. It's two goals in two games for the Frenchman, who also netted from close range against Chelsea.

Wolves was overrun in the first half but improved in the second half and scored what proved to be the equalizer through a superb strike from Ruben Neves.

The midfielder received the ball on the edge of the area from Joao Moutinho, took a touch, and curled a shot in off the crossbar. The video assistant referee checked the goal for offside against Moutinho but the goal stood.

Wolves also drew its first game, 0-0 at Leicester.

with AP