Paul Pogba had a glorious chance to score another goal in the Premier League via a penalty in Manchester United‘s 3-2 win over Southampton on Saturday. However, the Frenchman saw his effort being saved during injury-time.
Pogba is United’s usual penalty taker, and has been doing the honours this season. Even Romelu Lukaku, who was on a hat-trick, stated afterwards that he was happy in letting Pogba go for it.
The Frenchman’s slow penalty run-up style has been a topic of discussion since a while now, but he has done an able job most times. But on Saturday, Pogba shot straight down the centre of goal, and Southampton goalie Angus Gunn managed to save the same with his feet.
After the match, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about Pogba’s penalty, but the boss played it down, and insisted that the 2018 World Cup winner is still his main man.
He was also asked if he would be encouraging Pogba to change his slow-running style, to which he responded: “I just said to him there, just get ready for the next one because you’re going to take that one as well.”
This shows the element of trust Solskjaer has in Pogba’s abilities, and how he sees the star midfielder as the talisman of this side.
Solskjaer further highlighted: “I’ve missed penalties. He’s a confident boy, he wants to go and take the next one. You want that character in boys. Today was one of the ones he really blasted, normally he just places them, so he’ll be okay.”
The 3-2 win helped United get to the fourth place in the Premier League table, and they are now just three points adrift of Tottenham.