Paul Pogba’s days as Manchester United’s penalty taker ought to be numbered if his statistics are anything to go by.

The Frenchman’s latest miss proved costly on Monday night as United were held to a 1-1 draw at Wolves, with Pogba seeing his 68th-minute spot-kick saved by Rui Patricio.

Pogba only took the penalty after an argument with team-mate Marcus Rashford, who scored from the spot for the first time in the Premier League against Chelsea last weekend and is yet to miss a spot-kick in his professional career.

Premier League penalty conversion rates
Premier League penalty conversion rates 

Gary Neville branded the apparent confusion over who should take the penalty “embarrassing”, saying on Sky Sports: “This is a Manchester United penalty, this is not a tombola, this is not under-fives on a school field.”

Neville pointed to Rashford’s success last week and, despite his relative inexperience, the England man might have a better claim to be taking United’s spot-kicks given that Pogba ranks among the worst regular Premier League penalty takers.

After his three misses out of 10 attempts last season, Pogba now has a conversion rate of 63.6 per cent in the Premier League.

Of the 14 current players to have taken at least 10 penalties in the league, only Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez has a worse return rate, having scored seven of the 12 (58.3 per cent) he has taken.

Everton’s Leighton Baines, now largely a back-up to Lucas Digne but in line to start against Aston Villa next weekend following an injury to the Frenchman, has the best success rate, having scored 20 of his 22 (90.9 per cent) Premier League penalties.

Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic is just behind, having scored 19 of his 21 penalties (90.5 per cent).

Pogba is the only current United player to have taken more than 10 Premier League penalties.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the best News.

You May Also Like

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes pulls off jaw-dropping piece of skill one just cannot stop watching

Manchester United fans wondered if Scholesy could come back from retirement as…

Neymar announces return to football with a last minute bicycle kick winner for PSG

The Brazilian was playing his first match of the season for Paris…

Solskjaer says when Manchester United wants players like De Gea to stay, they stay

The goalkeeper’s Old Trafford deal runs out at the end of the…

Key Arsenal defender returns to first team training ahead of Watford clash

In what could only be described as good news for Arsenal, head…