Video emerges comparing Paul Pogba's penalty run-up to Usain Bolt running the 100m

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Paul Pogba once again stole the limelight during Manchester United's 2-1 win over Everton on Sunday - for various reasons.

A goal and assist capped a fantastic midfield performance from the Frenchman, who even received praise from his biggest critic, Graeme Souness.

However, his missed penalty against Jordan Pickford was a black spot.

Pogba took 28 steps and over nine seconds in his run-up before shooting to Pickford's right, with the England goalkeeper guessing the right way.

Luckily for Pogba the ball rebounded straight back to him to tap home, but Jose Mourinho has urged him to change his controversial penalty-taking technique.

"The thing I like is the desire to take it," said United's manager. "I like the fact he wants to take the penalty, but maybe he needs to change his approach.

"Let me choose the words carefully because I don't want to be punished. I don't like Mickey Mouses, fragile, afraid to go, those who say I don't take penalties.


"I like the player that say, 'I want to take it.' But Paul, can he improve? I think he can. Maybe he has to change his approach, but I don't want him to change his mental approach.

"The goalkeepers know his running up style, they don't move and they are waiting for his decision, so he has to learn from that. But, for me, the most important thing is he wants to go again."

Pogba also suggested he could change his run-up, saying afterwards: "I always try to destabilise the goalkeeper. I always shoot like this and that's how I know how to take penalties.

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"I may practice to change it because maybe the goalkeepers are starting to know my steps, but the most important thing is when the ball goes in. Today I was lucky."

Pogba has often been mocked for his penalty run-up and now a hilarious video has emerged showing just how ridiculous it is.

It turns out Usain Bolt can run the 100m in less time than it takes Pogba to take a penalty - no, seriously. Check it out below.

Sorry Paul, but you definitely need to change your run-up now.

There's an argument to be made that longer run-ups give goalkeepers more time to prepare and pick their corner, whereas shorter run-ups catch them by surprise.

It would certainly be in Pogba's best interest to come up with a new penalty-taking technique - or shorten his run-up at least.

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