Paul Pogba is statistically the sixth worst penalty taker in Premier League history


Paul Pogba had the opportunity to secure all three points for Manchester United at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

In a thrilling tactical battle at Molineux, the scores hung in the balance at 1-1 after Ruben Neves responded to Anthony Martial's opening goal with the latest screamer for his brilliant collection.

However, United were given an opening to end their recent, torrid run against Wolves when Pogba won a penalty and duly stepped up to take the spot kick himself.

It was a decision that caused great confusion considering Marcus Rashford had assumed responsibilities the week before, firing United into an early lead against Chelsea.

Nevertheless, Pogba stepped up to the plate and left the 3,000 travelling United fans disappointed when he saw his effort saved by Rui Patricio at a very comfortable height.

Wolves 1-1 Man Utd

Supporters had every right to be baffled by the situation, especially as there were to be no more goals in the Black Country, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did little to clarify the situation afterwards.

In fact, he gave more reason to be confused by claiming that both Rashford AND Pogba are the allotted penalty takers and they simply have to decide between themselves in the moment.

Well, when you look at the statistics, you would think that Rashford would win that conversation every time. After all, the Englishman has scored every penalty that he's ever taken.


Pogba's terrible penalty record

Rashford himself pointed out in his post-match interview that Pogba has also scored his fair share of spot kicks, but the data reveals that he's actually one of the worst in Premier League history.

The team at Monday Night Football crunched the numbers to see, out of players who have taken at 10 penalties in the competition, who has the worst conversion rate from 12 yards.

It turns out that former Aston Villa man Juan Pablo Angel has the unwanted distinction of being first, while Pogba joins a sheepish group of players in sixth place. Check out the full list down below:

If there's any reassurance for Pogba, there's also some pretty big names there.

Michael Owen and Kevin Phillips are two players who won the Premier League Golden Boots in their career, but were still liable to losing their nerve when the ball was on the spot.

However, four misses from 11 penalties is certainly nothing to shout about and it will be fascinating to see how Rashford compares when he inevitably surpasses 10 attempts of his own. 

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Besides, something tells us that Rashford will be taking the next penalty United are awarded, having scored in two England shootouts and against both PSG and Chelsea.

Solskjaer is insistent that United will stand by their head-scratching double-taker policy, but surely Pogba will have the courtesy to acknowledge his shaky record and pass on the responsibility.

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