Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed there is no permanent penalty-taker at the club and that the decision is normally based on the confidence of the players involved.

The Norwegian was asked to during the pre-match conference ahead of the Aston Villa clash to shed more light on the matter, with Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford both scoring from the spot in recent matches.

The Englishman was United’s first-choice penalty-taker for much of the season until Fernandes arrived in January, assuming the penalty roles while Rashforrd was out injured.

But with the youngster back in the team, the question has been who will be the first-choice taker, and Solskjaer weighed in.

“It’s going to be a job that they will share again,” he responded to the question. “It’s who feels very confident, there and then,”

“You see Bruno scored against Tottenham. I think Marcus would have taken the next one against Tottenham when we got the VAR call that it wasn’t a penalty, and I’m very confident in both of them.

“So, no worries. They’ve got to make the decision out there and that’s just how we’ll leave it.”

Rashford has converted seven out of the nine penalties he has taken this season, while Fernandes has three out of three.

Penalty-takers’ success rate.

  • Marcus Rashford – 7/9
  • Bruno Fernandes – 3/3
  • Anthony Martial – 1/2
  • Mason Greenwood – 1/1
  • Juan Mata – 1/1
  • Paul Pogba – 0/1


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