Ryan Giggs has criticised Marcus Rashford for not ‘demanding’ to take the penalty ahead of Paul Pogba during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monday evening. Anthony Martial scored United’s opener but Wolves equalised through Ruben Neves’ superb strike in the 55th minute.
United, however, had the chance to retake the lead after Pogba was brought down inside Wolves’ box. Rashford, who scored United’s penalty in their 4-0 win over Chelsea, offered Pogba the opportunity to take the spot-kick and the World Cup winner’s effort was well saved by Rui Patricio. ‘[Rashford is a] centre-forward, scores a goal in his first league game, penalty, you get another penalty in the next game, you’ve got to be demanding to take it,’ Giggs told Optus Sport.
‘It’s a shame, he was really disciplined tonight, Pogba. Marcus Rashford offered the penalty to Paul Pogba (BPI/REX) ‘Pogba has not got a great record either of scoring penalties. He doesn’t score every penalty he takes. ‘It seems like whoever wins the penalty gets to take it, I wonder if [Harry] Maguire or [Victor] Lindelof win the penalty, who gets to take it? ‘I was surprised. I’m not surprised that Paul Pogba stepped up, because he’s that kind of player, which is obviously encouraging. ‘I’m just surprised when you’ve scored a penalty the game before, that you get a penalty the next game you don’t take it. So you open up to criticism then, because if Marcus misses it then OK, you can miss a penalty, but now everybody is talking about why Marcus didn’t take it, why did Pogba take it? Paul Pogba missed his penalty which would have given United the lead (AMA/Getty Images) ‘It should have been Marcus. It’s a strange one because before the game you usually have a designated penalty taker and you would think it would be Marcus after scoring last week. Like I say, he’s done it the week before. ‘Again, there’s a conversation. Ole’s said after the game that they have two designated penalty takers and looking at this [last week’s] maybe they do, and again tonight they have the same conversation so it’ll be interesting to see, ‘Do you fancy it? No I fancy it?’