Matt Le Tissier slams Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Man Utd penalty system

Date published: Sunday 8th September 2019 4:55 - Jonny Whitfield

Former Southampton striker Matt Le Tissier has slammed Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for operating an “amateurish” system of having two designated penalty takers.

Midfielder Paul Pogba and forward Marcus Rashford have both taken the responsibility from 12 yards for United this season, but the system has had varied success so far.

Rashford netted his first effort in the 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening weekend of the Premier League but missed to save his side a point against Crystal Palace, while Pogba saw his spot-kick against Wolves saved by Rui Patricio.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Le Tissier said that United’s system shows a lack of professionalism within the Old Trafford camp.

“It does cause confusion if you have two nominated penalty-takers and you just go, ‘Well, let’s see who fancies it on the day’,” the 50-year-old said. “That’s not professional, it’s amateurish, schoolboy stuff and that comes down to the manager.

“In that situation, the manager needs to be stronger and just go, ‘Right, you’re the best at penalties, you’re my penalty-taker, if you’re not on the pitch then he can take them, but up until that point, you take them’.

“We had a penalty competition in training to decide who was going to be taking penalties in matches and I won that. I was 20 when I became penalty-taker and there was never any question when I was on the pitch, it was my right and that was my job.”

United return to Premier League action when Solskjaer’s side face Leicester City next Saturday.


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