Pogba admits he may have to alter penalty approach after Pickford save

Mae Harvey
October 29, 2018

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised Paul Pogba for having the courage to a take a penalty during his sides 2-1 victory over Everton earlier today.

An upbeat Mourinho also backed Pogba to continue as the club's penalty-taker despite the midfielder admitting his stuttering run-up requires a rethink after Jordan Pickford initially denied him in the first half.

Everton were incensed by the initial decision to give the penalty, with Idrissa Gueye looking to have got a touch on the back before making contact with Anthony Martial.

United endured a nervous end at Old Trafford on Sunday after conceding a 77th-minute penalty from which Gylfi Sigurdsson scored - the 17th goal United have shipped this season and three more than Newcastle who are in the bottom three. Maybe they know how I take penalties.

"Paul wants to take them and that, for me, is fantastic. That is the way I think it is going now".

In his pre-match press conference, Mourinho was happy to speak well of Silva saying, "The only thing I want to say is that I have a very good relationship with him".

The France midfielder had scored the opening goal in the game, converting the rebound to his own saved penalty, before Anthony Martial doubled their lead in the second half.

Everton carved out another good chance when Lookman found Richarlison and he played Coleman into space for a rising shot that cleared the crossbar when he really should have made De Gea work.

"For sure I was lucky", Pogba told Sky Sports.

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"I believe with Lukaku that this will happen, but the reality is that in this moment it's not happening".

But, after Bernard had rounded David de Gea but somehow placed the ball into the side-netting three minutes later, Everton finally claimed a deserved goal after Chris Smalling brought down Richarlison.

This was a United team full of spontaneity, full of enthusiasm and full of attacking intent.

Manager Jose Mourinho, who has criticised the player in the past this season, on this occasion took to the 25-year-old's defence, arguing that he likes to see players be fearless and stating that he has no interest in "Mickey Mouse" players who shirk responsibility in such situations.

The Frenchman has managed to score five goals in all competitions for Manchester United so far this season. Some teams without the ball, can resist and keep a clean sheet all the time.

"I always try to destabilise the keeper". It was hard for us.

"Romelu can score lots of goals, he is under pressure because he known for that.,." added Mourinho, who later replaced Marcus Rashford.on the 65th minute with Lukaku.

Alexis Sanchez did not start for United even as Jesse Lingard returned to the team's line-up after a month-long absence.

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