Gary Neville gives latest to reaction to Man Utd penalty woes after Marcus Rashford miss | Football | Sport
Gary Neville is not worried about Marcus Rashford’s penalty miss in Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
The Sky Sports pundit lambasted United’s policy to have two penalty-takers which resulted in Paul Pogba missing a spot-kick against Wolves last Monday when Rashford had scored from 12 yards the previous weekend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained he leaves it to the players to decide on the pitch who wants to take it, which was widely criticised by pundits and fans.
Lo and behold, United were awarded another penalty on Saturday afternoon and this time Rashford assumed responsibility.
The England international smashed his effort against the post, however, and United went on to lose their first Premier League game of the season.
Reacting to the miss on the Gary Neville Podcast, the former United captain said: “It was probably inevitable, created by the situation the other night.
“I don’t have a problem with anybody missing a penalty. They’re so difficult and goalkeepers these days are so agile. They do all their homework.
“I think the confusion the other night creates uncertainty and I think that is the problem.”
Neville was accused in some quarters of inciting abuse on Pogba, some of which was racial, for his failed conversion against Wolves.
The former right-back tried to shed clarity on his punditry, though.
“We didn’t have a problem the other night with Paul Pogba missing the penalty, it was the debate that took place before it actually happened,” Neville said.
“That’s something that is never ideal on a football pitch. Now, Rashford has missed and it’s obviously a bad moment.
“The worst thing is not the penalty miss but the result.”