Leeds boss Bielsa asked for thoughts on Man Utd penalty debate

Date published: Tuesday 20th August 2019 1:07

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has refused to condemn Manchester United after the penalty storm surrounding Paul Pogba’s miss on Monday night.

Pogba saw his second half spot-kick saved by Rui Patricio after an apparent debate with Marcus Rashford over who should step up to take it in the 1-1 draw with Wolves at Molieneux.

Former United defender Gary Neville claimed the on-field discussion was “embarrassing”,while Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dismissed the penalty confusion, insisting both Pogba and Rashford are designated to take spot-kicks for the club.

Solskjaer said: “The two of them are designated the penalty shooters and it’s up to them there and then who feels ‘this is mine’.

“Sometimes players just feel they are confident enough to score – Paul has scored so many penalties for us and today Rui Patricio made a good save.

“The two of them have been very confident. I like players with confidence and the feeling that ‘I can do this’.”

Rashford added: “Paul wanted to take it – it’s that simple.”

Bielsa, who has three injury concerns ahead of tomorrow, was asked about the incident at his Thorp Arch press conference, ahead of Wednesday’s home clash with Brentford.

Bielsa said: “We have players who are good in this situation. More than one player.

“I don’t know the meaning of the question, but the player who takes the penalties is the best player for it. We think they’re the best player for it. We take notes about how they take penalties in training. You can evaluate this easily. You can take a clear report about who is best for penalties. After, it’s not the same to do this in games.

“During the game, pressure can have an impact. Sometimes you cannot give a simple answer.”


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