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Paul Ince settles the Paul Pogba or Marcus Rashford penalty debate

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Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Ince, believes that Marcus Rashford should be the primary penalty taker for the Red Devils ahead of Paul Pogba.

There have been lots of talks and criticism surrounding Paul Pogba’s penalty miss against Wolves’ Rui Patricio in the 1-1 draw at the Molineux Stadium with several pundits and fans claiming that the Frenchman shouldn’t have taken the spot-kick in the first place with Rashford still on the pitch.

It’s worthwhile to note that Rashford scored the penalty against Chelsea in the first game at the Old Trafford and the Englishman has an immaculate record from the spot.

As per the reports, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer berated Paul Pogba in front of the whole squad in the dressing room after the game which left the players ‘shocked’ and ‘concerned’.

However, as per Paul Ince, the Gaffer needs to pose his authority in front of the squad if he wants to be a successful manager at the Old Trafford:

“It’s down to Ole’s management.

“He should be making it perfectly clear before they go on the pitch. He should be saying: ‘If there’s a penalty – Rashford, you’re taking it. If you’re not on the pitch – it’s Pogba, and so on.’

“There’s a list of order there, it makes it transparent, and there’s none of this bickering about who scored when and who missed, it leaves no room for debate.

“That’s where it comes down to Ole. He should be making it crystal clear that there is one penalty-taker and that’s it. He needs to show his leadership and tell the players that it’s the end of the theatricals, there’s one person only for the job.

“There have been people suggesting that Ole is trying to appease Pogba by letting him take penalties, but as the manager at one of the biggest clubs in the world that shouldn’t even be a thought.

“You can’t work like that, you need to show that leadership. There’s no reason why he should feel the need to appease Pogba if anything it should be the other way around.

Paul Ince also pressed on to the fact that Paul Pogba doesn’t want to be at Manchester United anyway after his statement of wanting a ‘new challenge elsewhere’ during the summer transfer window.

As per Ince, Ole should put his trust in the young Rashford who will stay at the Old Trafford for the new few years at least:

“For me, it’s clear who should be chosen, too. Marcus Rashford has never missed a penalty in senior football, he netted in United’s 4-0 opener against Chelsea, there’s an obvious choice here, he should be the penalty taker.

“Look at his record, why would you go for anyone else?

“We all miss them at times of course, but also a major consideration should be Pogba’s future. Will he even be here when the European window shuts? And if he is, will he leave in January anyway? Whereas you’ve got Rashford, who’s going to be around for four or five years, so why not just make him your man?”

Credits: Goal

Do you agree with Paul Ince’s views on the situation?


Karan is the Chief Content Officer at Limit Infinity and has been been one of the major force behind our football communities. As an ardent Chelsea fan, he regularly contributes to Chelsea Season and A biotech graduate, He loves for football, cricket, wrestling. and music. You can connect with him me Twitter and LinkedIn

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  1. Stephen Anderson Reply

    If United had a captain then he should have decided who took that penalty. But as they dont have a captain then it was decided between the players. That is what United need a captain. Could you see Robson or Keane putting up with what happened at Wolves. Not until United get a proper captain will they win anything. That is why City have been successful they had a captain and a strong one at that in Kompany. That was why United were successful when we had Keane we haven’t been since he left.

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