What Paul Pogba Said About His ’26-Step’ Penalty Against Everton

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Paul Pogba was scintillating at Old Trafford on Sunday, as Manchester United took Everton to task in a simple 2-1 victory. The win will come as a big relief to Jose Mourinho, who is eager to reengineer United’s rise to the top, which already seems like a questionable affair.

The game’s opener came through a penalty from Paul Pogba, whose spot-kick was saved by Jordan Pickford, but the lucky rebound fell back to the Frenchman, who calmly netted the goal.

The miss is only the second time that Pogba has failed to convert from the spot this season, with 3 goals having resulted from penalties alone. However, what has remained consistent in each of these ploys is what Pogba does immediately before going ahead with the kick.

An intentional slow run-up is initiated by the talented midfielder, who takes quick steps before finally kicking the ball at the goal. This has become somewhat of an iconic Pogba move, and the player himself provided clarity on why he does that.


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After the match, Pogba revealed: “I was lucky with the penalty, but most important is the goal went in it was good for us and for me. We had other chances but most important was the win.”

As to why he does the run-up, he replied: “I always try to destabilise the keeper. I always shoot like this-this is and that’s how I take penalties. I might practice to change because the keeper starts to know what I am going to do.”

Mourinho, on the other hand, seems to have no problem with Pogba’s technique, as he states: “Pogba is a better penalty taker than myself. I admire players who have the courage to take them. He wants to take them. Maybe he has to change his approach but I don’t want him to change his mental approach.”

The entire game was a positive show from the controversial midfielder, and supporters will be eager for more of the same.