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Gary Neville Angry Over Paul Pogba's Penalty Miss And Says "Something Is Not Right" At Manchester United

Gary Neville Angry Over Paul Pogba's Penalty Miss And Says "Something Is Not Right" At Manchester United

Sky Sports pundit was lost for words at Manchester United's policy for choosing a penalty taker and called it a lack of leadership.

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Gary Neville was angry at Manchester United for a "lack of leadership" that led to Paul Pogba taking and missing their late penalty at Wolves.

Pogba consulted with Marcus Rashford before taking the penalty in the 1-1 draw at Molineux despite the English forward scoring from the spot against Chelsea last week.

Former United right-back Neville was lost for words and thinks there's a deeper problem for Ole Gunner Solskjaer to deal with.

He told Sky Sports: "Initially I was fuming at Pogba, I thought 'it's typical you, it's selfish, why are you even thinking of taking a penalty off a player?'

"But actually even last week's one, I'm looking at it and it's weird, something's not right.

"They have a long chat and I don't like it. Why is there a debate on who is taking the penalty?

"There should never be a debate but there wasn't a leader out there and they couldn't make a decision between them.

"Rashford scored last week - take the penalty. Pogba has missed four in the last 12 months."

United were the better side for much of Monday's game but found themselves level at 1-1 with just over 20 minutes to go. Pogba burst into the area in the 68th minute and was fouled by Conor Coady.

The Frenchman stepped up to take the penalty, despite team-mate Rashford converting a spot-kick the week before, and his effort was saved.

In the studio Neville and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher looked back to United's opening-weekend win over Chelsea when Pogba and Rashford also spoke before the latter fired in the penalty.

And the 'conspiracy' was soon sorted out when manager Solskjaer revealed that both men are the designated taker and they get to sort it out on the pitch.

Solskjaer explained: "The two of them are designated penalty takers, it's up to them there and then.

"Sometimes players just feel they are confident to score. Paul has scored so many for us and today it was a good save. You can see the slides on the PowerPoint [to prove they were both designated penalty takers].

"The two of them have been confident before. Marcus scored last week but Paul was also confident. I like players with confidence."

Sky poured over the footage of the conversations between the two takers from both games and spotted that Rashford had thrown the ball to his teammate on Monday and not looked too pleased with the chance to score being taken away from him.

After the game the forward seemed at ease with the decision though and refused to blame the former Juventus midfielder for costing the side.

United had taken a first half lead through Anthony Martial and looked much the stronger but Wolves came out in the second half with renewed vigour.

Ruben Neves' excellent strike from outside the area in the 55th minute levelled the score but Solskjaer's team were still back in the ascendancy.

Unfortunately for them the missed penalty denied the Red Devils the chance to go top of the Premier League for the first time in 695 days.

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Topics: Paul Pogba, Football News, Ruben Neves, Manchester United, Monday Night Football, Premier League, Marcus Rashford, Sky Sports, Wolves, Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher