Jose Mourinho warns Paul Pogba to change his penalty-taking technique

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The Belgian striker last found the net in a 2-1 win over Watford in September - his fourth of the season - and his run of eight games without a goal has coincided with a hard spell for United.

The team of young Thai footballers who captured the world's attention after they were trapped in an underground cave for more than two weeks in June enjoyed a day to remember at Manchester United's Old Trafford on Sunday (Oct 28).

Pogba broke the deadlock after 27 minutes but only after converting the rebound when his penalty was magnificently saved one-handed by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

"We are playing OK, we are not as rock solid as I would like", the Manchester United manager said.

The Frenchman took 26 steps before kicking the ball, and he soon trended on Twitter with the hashtag '#ThingsYouCanDoDuringPogbasPenaltyRunUp'. The World Cup victor did his trademark stutter-run to the ball on the spot, but Pickford had done his homework.


"I think one of the best scorers in football had amusing words about it", he told Sky Sports.

After Pogba had given United the lead, Anthony Martial scored a second with a spectacular curling effort from 18 yards, before Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the spot to set up a nervous finish for Jose Mourinho's side.

Mourinho said: "The thing I like is the desire to take it". Maybe they know how I take penalties. "I was unfortunate. You have to go a tad early because he has so much power but unfortunately it just bounced back out".

Pogba said: "I always try to destabilise the goalkeeper".

So is it time to change the technique and go for a more conventional run-up?


Silva was less pleased with United's French connection, as he accused Martial of diving to win the penalty award from Jon Moss.

"The goalkeepers know his running, 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". "That's my opinion. I played the game for a long time".

Fans were disappointed with the result and the performance they saw from some of their players, however, one man appeared to standout for more criticism than others on social media.

"When he did his run-up I knew where he was going to go and I saved it, but unfortunately it went back out", Pickford told Everton's club website. "I think he's a great manager but he's not in the right club".


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