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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes decision on Man Utd penalty taker after Marcus Rashford's miss


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put faith in Marcus Rashford to take the team’s next penalty after his miss against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The 21-year-old made no mistake from 12 yards against Chelsea on the opening weekend and when United were awarded a penalty during their draw with Wolves last Monday – many expected him to assume responsibility.

However, Paul Pogba stepped up and watched as his spot-kick was beaten away by Rui Patricio – leading to questions over who the club’s penalty taker is.

It appears the pair have been sharing the burden and when United were awarded another penalty against Palace on Saturday, Rashford grabbed the ball with confidence – only to see his effort come crashing off the post leading to feelings of deja vu.

Rashford missed his spot kick against Palace

Rashford and Pogba have both missed penalties this season

Consecutive failures to convert from the spot have cost Manchester United points in their previous two games however, Solskjaer is not concerned about the issue, according to the Independent .

“Fine margins,” he said. “We’re disappointed but I’m sure Marcus will look at his penalty again but he’ll definitely step up again.”

Solskjaer is calm about the situation, relating to the pressure of taking penalties from personal experience and appearing to support Pogba and Rashford sharing responsibility.

He said: “The two of them are confident and good penalty takers and I’ve been in that situation myself and missed a penalty for Norway, and when there are two names there it’s the one who’s the most confident.

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“And Paul has scored so many before so absolutely no problem. It doesn’t have to be [one designated taker], no. Because sometimes in a game you do grow in confidence, sometimes ‘I don’t want to take it today because I had a bad day’.

“Absolutely no problem with players walking up and saying, ‘this is mine’.”

United return to Premier League action when they travel to Southampton in the lunch-time kick-off next Saturday and will be looking to return to winning ways on the south coast.





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