Red Devil’s boss Jose Mourinho has urged Pogba to change his spot kick technique, even though he netted the club’s opening goal against Everton on Sunday.
Pogba took 28 steps and more than nine seconds before hitting the ball in Manchester United’s penalty of the first interval. Despite such moves, Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kept the ball from crossing the lines, only for the Frenchman to tap a simple rebound into the bottom corner.
Although Jose Mourinho was full of praise for the 2018 World cup winner for stepping up to take the sport kick, he fears that Pogba style of taking spot kick could be predictable as goalkeepers are able to read which way he will hit the ball based on the steps he takes.
Pogba after the game admitted that he would need to rethink his run-up as he believes Pickford read through his ball.
“The thing I like is the desire to take it,” said Mourinho. “But maybe he needs to change his approach. Let me choose the words carefully because I don’t want to be punished. I don’t like Mickey Mouse, those who say ‘I don’t take penalties.’ I like the player that says ‘I want to take it’. But Paul, can he improve? I think he can. Goalkeepers know his run-up style, they don’t move and they are waiting for his decision, so he has to learn from that.”