Paul Ince, the former Manchester United midfielder has criticized Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s management skills, after the penalty debacle against Wolves on Monday, the UK Mirror reports.
Paul Pogba won a penalty in the second half, with the scores still at 1-1 and saw his kick saved by keeper Rui Patricio.
Marcus Rashford had scored his penalty in United’s Premier League opener against Chelsea the previous week, to lead to confusion over why he hadn’t stepped up against Wolves.
Solskjaer explained afterwards that United don’t have a designated taker and the players choose between themselves on the pitch.
And Ince claims this plan doesn’t reflect well on the Norwegian.
“In my time at Man United, if there was a penalty, Eric Cantona was taking it and that was that.
“There was no room for debate, no arguing between players, no drama – Cantona takes it, full stop.
“It didn’t matter if he’d missed the previous one or whatever, he was the man that would be taking the penalty.
“When Cantona wasn’t there, Dennis Irwin used to take penalties, but unless Cantona had specifically asked Sir Alex Ferguson or Bryan Robson not to take them, he was going to. It meant that we always knew, and it was always clear who would be on spot-kicks.
“It stops all the Oscar-winning theatrics and dramatics that we saw during the Wolves game. The issue is it never should have been a case of either of them two can take it, of course they both wanted to, they want the goal and the glory.
“So, it’s down to Ole’s management. He should be making it perfectly clear before they go on the pitch, he should be saying: ‘If there’s a penalty, Rashford you’re taking it. If you’re not on the pitch – it’s Pogba, and so on.’
“There’s a list of order there, it makes it transparent, and there’s none of this bickering about who scored when and who missed, it leaves no room for debate.
“It comes down to Ole and his leadership – all managers should know who their penalty taker is.
“That’s where it comes down to Ole. He should be making it crystal clear that there is one penalty-taker, and that’s it. He needs to show his leadership – and tell the players that it’s the end of the theatricals, there’s one person only for the job.
“I’d like to think that 99% of managers in the Football League know four things when their players go out: 1. Who they’re marking on set-pieces and free-kicks, 2. Who’s in the wall, 3. Who’s on free-kicks, and 4. Who is our penalty taker.
“I’m not talking just about the top leagues here, I’m talking non-league everyone should know this. Even when my son Daniel played in his Sunday League I and he knew who the penalty taker was. Even the kids weren’t squabbling about it. So, for me, Ole shouldn’t be coming out and saying he’s got two.
“When he spoke after the game, I can see what he was trying to say, but it can’t happen again. United are improving and they don’t need anything which might derail them.
“There’s been people suggesting that Ole is trying to appease Pogba by letting him take penalties, but as the manager at one of the biggest clubs in the world that shouldn’t even be a thought.
“You can’t work like that, you need to show that leadership. There’s no reason why he should feel the need to appease Pogba, if anything it should be the other way around,” Ince said.