Thursday 19 September 2019

'You feel sorry for them, they must have problems themselves' - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blasts racist trolls


Rui Patricio saved Pogba’s penalty during the 1-1 draw on Monday evening (Nick Potts/PA)
Rui Patricio saved Pogba’s penalty during the 1-1 draw on Monday evening (Nick Potts/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed suggestions that has blocked Paul Pogba from taking penalties after his miss at Wolves on Monday night.

Pogba came under fire after failing to convert a spot-kick after he appeared to assert his authority to take the kick ahead of Marcus Rashford, who scored with a clinical penalty against Chelsea the week before.

Solskjaer later confirmed Rashford and Pogba have been given his permission to decide who takes penalties on the field and he has insisted that policy remains in place for Saturday's game against Crystal Palace, despite reports that Pogba will be blocked from taking spot kicks after missing four over the last year.

"I'm sure you're gonna see Paul Pogba score a pen for Manchester United again, definitely. We're practising pens still and Marcus and Paul are still on them," confirmed Solskjaer.

"It's not that I've left it to the players. We've nominated two and throughout the season you'll have games where they are not playing and it's good to know they're there and trusted to take penalties.

"It's not like anarchy and they can do whatever they want. Last year we had Marcus, Jesse and Paul, it's not left to them."

Pogba was on the receiving end of racists abuse on social media platforms after his penalty miss at Molineux, with Solskjaer hitting out at the trolls whose actions have sparked a debate over the anonymity of Twitter users in recent days.

"Paul's fine, Paul's a strong character and... he's a strong character and it makes him stronger," he added.

"When you speak to him he's fine and I just cannot believe we're still sitting here in 2019 talking about these instances.

"Social media is a place where people can hide behind fake identities, it's not down to me to change it but there are so many Ole Gunnar Solskjaers on Twitter. I know it's not me and we've got to do something about it and the authorities have got to do something about it, you feel sorry for them (the abusers), they must have problems themselves.

"We need to protect individuals and protect people. When there are death threats and racism, it's serious allegations, serious incidents, sometimes you get annoyed.

"What can we do about it as Manchester United, we're not gonna ban our players on social media we have to spread the good word instead. We can use it to spread good and have to stop those incidents."

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