Solskjaer reveals why Pogba didn’t take Man Utd penalty

Paul Pogba didn’t take a penalty for Manchester United against Rochdale on Wednesday night after picking up a knock to his ankle during the match.

The Red Devils beat Rochdale on penalties in the third round of the Carabao Cup after the League One club equalised late on.

Pogba‘s absence from penalty taking duties raised a few eyebrows at Old Trafford despite the positive result.

However, Solskjaer has revealed that the France international took a knock to his ankle during the game and that’s why he was off spot-kick duties.

“The situation is he finished the game, 90 minutes, fantastic,” Solskjaer explained. “But he got a knock to his ankle, which is very swollen, so it was better for him not to go there with the team and he’s in a race for Monday. That’s just the way it is.”

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Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are also doubts for United‘s Monday night fixture against Arsenal in the Premier League.

When asked if he had any positive team news, Solskjaer said: “Er… not really! Luke’s back in training today, so let’s see how he is. He’s getting there so let’s see how he reacts the next couple of days. He’s been working really hard, so we hope to see him before the international break.¬†Maybe Monday, but not too sure.

“Rashford and Martial? I wouldn’t put my life on it but that’s part of this game, you work with what you have and we’re looking forward to this game.”


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