Pogba admits he may have to alter penalty approach after Pickford save

Kristopher Nichols
October 29, 2018

Jose Mourinho highlighted Manchester United's lack of "killer instinct" in front of goal and the low number of clean sheets this season as areas of concern.

It was an entertaining game watched by the young Thai footballers that were rescued from a cave earlier this year - the guests of honour as United won their first match since the worldwide break.

As for apportioning credit for Martial's re-emergence, Mourinho added: "Well if when the players are playing bad it's my fault then when the players are playing well it's my responsibility!" It was good for us and good for me.

Alexis Sanchez did not start for United even as Jesse Lingard returned to the team's line-up after a month-long absence. And to score goals is really hard for us - you can see that in this moment.

The young Frenchman looked extremely lively in the first period and created the opening goal as he was brought down inside the box, allowing Paul Pogba to score from the rebound after his penalty was saved from Jordan Pickford.

The World Cup victor also failed to convert in the victory at Burnley in September and admitted he may have to reassess the heavily debated approach.

Mourinho said: "The thing I like is the desire to take it". That's how I know to take penalties.

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"For sure I was lucky", Pogba told Sky Sports. 'Let me choose the words, I don't want to be punished. If he misses, he misses.

"Can he improve his penalties? But sometimes it's true that I have to clear the ball and just relieve the pressure on the team".

"His performance today without the goal would be a good performance, and what I want from him is exactly that".

Romelu Lukaku's omission from the starting XI afforded Martial a prominent role and it was his quick feet that drew the penalty from Idrissa Gueye, who did get a toe to the ball before the attacker's theatrical fall. Everton manager Marco Silva labelled Martial a diver.

"Of course I don't want to put all my excuses in the referee's decision because we created clear chances to score then it's not the fault of the referee".

It was just the start the hosts needed after the disappointment of the midweek home Champions League defeat by Juventus and a run that had seen them win just one of their previous seven games. When the France worldwide was good, he was very good - but there were moments that had everyone scratching their heads. Until the penalty the game was a balanced game. Rashford did little to stake his claim ahead of the Belgian, however, as he was anonymous for most parts of the game, not being involved heavily despite putting the ball in from an offside position in the first half.

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