Manchester United held a disappointing 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Molineux Stadium on Tuesday. The onus of the tie goes to French midfielder Paul Pogba who failed to convert a penalty kick.
Anthony Martial initiated things for the Red Devils in the 27th minute of the game. Owing to a good pass from Marcus Rashford, Martial netted the ball in the blink of an eye. It was Martial’s 50th goal for the club.
The happiness for United didn’t last too long as Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves played a leveller in the 55th minute. The 22-year-old struck from outside the box with extreme precision and power to went past an airborne D de Gea — United’s goalkeeper.
After this, Paul Pogba got a penalty to turn United’s fate but the 26-year-old failed to cash in the opportunity.
Talking about the penalty kick, with both the sides having scored one goal each till the second half, the Frenchman was fouled by Conor Coady and got up to take the spot-kick, despite failing with three penalties last season and Marcus Rashford scoring from one against Chelsea on the opening weekend.
Pogba executed a powerful shot but was pushed away by Rui Patricio, who saved low to his right.
The problem for Paul Pogba was not in taking the second-half penalty with which Manchester United should have won the match. It was insisting on taking it. And with the miss, United dropped two precious points and re-opened the debate over the lack of leadership in their side and Pogba’s role in it.