‘It’s not right, it doesn’t feel right… it’s not how you would like a ball in normal play’: Gary Neville criticises Paul Pogba’s penalty technique as Graeme Souness thinks it’s arrogant
- Paul Pogba scored the first goal of the afternoon for Manchester United
- Pogba staggered his run-up for a penalty before it was saved by Jordan Pickford
- But Pickford couldn’t keep it out and Pogba finished off a simple rebound
- Gary Neville and Graeme Souness were both unimpressed in their analysis
Paul Pogba scored the first goal of the afternoon after missing from the penalty spot at Old Trafford on Sunday as Manchester United took on Everton in the Premier League.
But Pogba’s goal wasn’t without controversy. As he went to take the spot kick, he staggered his run-up before wrapping his right foot around the ball.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford guessed the right way – down to his right – but palmed the ball back to Pogba who finished into the open left corner.
Paul Pogba staggered his run-up for Manchester United’s penalty against Everton on Sunday
Pogba took his time to reach the ball 12 yards, which brought a few groans from supporters
Once he reached the ball, he gave one look at Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford
He then struck the ball with his right foot, sending it towards the right corner of the goal
The suggestion was that Pogba had got lucky after not scoring first time from the penalty.
Former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville said he didn’t believe the France World Cup winner should over complicate his technique.
He said: ‘It’s not right, it doesn’t feel right. It’s not how you would kick a ball in normal play – it goes against everything you’re taught.’
Neville went onto say that Pogba is only doing it ‘for show, for theatre’. ‘Cristiano Ronaldo used to do it at Old Trafford but it’s not working for Paul Pogba,’ Neville added.
Pickford made a save but sent the ball back into Pogba’s path and he finished into an open net
Pogba silenced some fans who had reacted with groans when he went up for the penalty
Pogba was then joined by his United team-mates after putting his side into the lead on Sunday
Pogba was also criticised by former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness.
Souness agreed with Neville, suggesting that he should keep his penalties simple, similar to how he sees the game.
He said: ‘I don’t like to see this. I personally think it’s a bit “look at me, look at me”. I just don’t get this penalty.
‘I think he’s moved the ball quickly today, he’s been uncomplicated, but he’s been really good today. If he can do that week in, week out, he’d be a properly top player.’
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