Solskjaer Names Rashford As Manchester United’s New Penalty Taker

MUFC interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives instructions to Marcus Rashford.

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Manchester United lost a chance to make a positive run in the Premier League when they drew 1-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.

The Red Devils were unable to capitalize on the game as they had against Chelsea, especially in the second-half when the home side appeared to be a radically transformed team and kept pressurizing the Red Devils.

The crucial moment arrived when Ruben Neves was able to translate a free-kick into the back of the net in superb fashion.

However, United could have still redeemed themselves, later on, had Paul Pogba’s penalty not been saved by Rui Patricio.

Ahead of taking the spot-kick, there seemed to have been a disagreement between Pogba and Marcus Rashford over who would fulfill the duty.


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Now, the Sun claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken express action and assigned Rashford as the primary penalty-taker for United. This decision was allegedly taken in the dressing room itself after the draw and the Norwegian gaffer is believed to have reprimanded the duo for not having made decided amongst themselves about who would take the kick before the match.

As of such, it now seems that as long as Rashford is on the pitch, it will be him and not Pogba that will rise to the all-important task.

Pogba’s record in penalty-kicks is quite sordid as the French midfielder was unsuccessful in burying the ball into the back of the net on four occasions in the last year alone.

This choice, if true, appears to be a positive one for the club and the players.

A win against Wolves would have placed United amongst the top-two as Manchester City drew against Tottenham prior to the Molineux fixture.

Nevertheless, Solskjaer’s lads certainly have a fresh look and are apt to pose a serious challenge this campaign.