The Frenchman was awarded a penalty midway through the second half when he was tripped by Conor Coady but he saw his effort saved by Rui Patricio. Pogba spoke briefly with Rashford to decide who should take the penalty and the England international was expected to step up, given he had successfully converted against Chelsea just eight days earlier. Solskjaer claimed after the game that both players are ‘designated’ takers but sources claimed he was keeping up appearances in public and that he was furious in the dressing room.
The Norwegian reportedly tore into both players and said the decision as to who was taking the penalty should have been made before kick-off.
Solskjaer felt ’embarrassed that the squabble was aired and felt it showed him in a negative light, as it suggested that he’d failed to made a decision on such a crucial part of the game.
The 46-year-old then told the dressing room that Pogba had effectively been stripped of penalty duties by proclaiming that Rashford was now the designated taker. Pogba’s missed four of his last nine penalties, while Rashford has converted all six spot kicks that he’s taken in his career.
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