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Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer needs to decide who his penalty taker is, says Matt Le Tissier

Matt Le Tissier slams Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over ‘amateurish’ approach to penalties and hits out at ‘showman’ Paul Pogba

  • Paul Pogba missed his most recent penalty against Wolves at Molineux
  • Former penalty king Matt Le Tissier has branded the Frenchman a ‘showman’
  • Le Tissier has dubbed the current situation ‘amateurish’ and favours Rashford 
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Former penalty king Matt Le Tissier has slammed ‘amateurish’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Manchester United’s spot-kick taker.

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Le Tissier, who has a Premier League penalty record of 25 scored from 26 efforts, said that Paul Pogba needs to step aside and let Marcus Rashford take on the responsibility. 

Pogba, who is known for his theatrics when taking spot kicks, missed his latest effort against Wolves in the 1-1 draw at Molineux, and Le Tissier says that Solskjaer needs to make the situation crystal clear.

Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer needs to decide who his penalty taker is, says Matt Le Tissier

Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer needs to decide who his penalty taker is, says Matt Le Tissier

Speaking to The Mirror, he said: ‘Paul Pogba’s penalty record is far worse than that of Marcus Rashford. I was never overly keen on Pogba’s run-up because it used to take so long, it became a bit of theatre and he wasn’t taking it seriously.

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‘It was all about trying to promote himself as being the big showman and the big “Here I am” without concentrating on the job in hand.

‘The way Rashford takes penalties is actually far better and if I was the manager he would be the designated penalty-taker.’

Marcus Rashford should be the man hitting United's penalties, according to Le Tissier

Marcus Rashford should be the man hitting United's penalties, according to Le Tissier

Marcus Rashford should be the man hitting United’s penalties, according to Le Tissier

And Southampton legend Le Tissier, who won a competition in training to earn penalty-kick duty, said Solskjaer needs to set his stall on United’s spot kick taker. 

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‘It does cause confusion if you have two nominated penalty-takers and you just go, ‘Well, let’s see who fancies it on the day’, he said. 

‘That’s not professional, it’s amateurish, schoolboy stuff and that comes down to the manager.

‘In that situation, the manager needs to be stronger and just go, ‘Right, you’re the best at penalties, you’re my penalty-taker, if you’re not on the pitch then he can take them, but up until that point, you take them’.

Rashford also missed his most recent penalty in United’s 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace last month.  

 

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