Paul Pogba gave Manchester United the lead in their game against Everton on Sunday, after tapping home the rebound from his own missed penalty at Old Trafford.
Despite Pogba’s tremendous first-half performance in which he ran Marco Silva’s men ragged, all the talk from the first half in Manchester surrounded the World Cup winner’s unorthodox run-up before taking his penalty.
Pogba seemed to take an age as he slowly stepped up to the spot in what was certainly an attempt to get into Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s head.
The fans booed and Pickford eventually made an excellent save but Pogba was alert and managed to slot home his own rebound to give Manchester United a 1-0 lead at half-time.
The 25-year old’s strange run-up seemed to cause quite a stir on Twitter with many ridiculing Pogba’s technique which is now quickly becoming infamous.
That Pogba run-up just makes you want him to miss every time, doesn't it.#MUNEVE
— BetVictor (@BetVictor) October 28, 2018
— thesportsman (@TheSportsman) October 28, 2018
2 minutes added on in the first half at Old Trafford!
Strange because I'm 99% certain Pogba's penalty run-up took at least 7 hours.
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) October 28, 2018
— FPL SW🌹T (@FPLSWOT) October 28, 2018
Went out for 20 minutes. Has Pogba finished his run-up yet?
— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) October 28, 2018
Hate to go all Graeme Souness, but that Paul Pogba penalty run-up is quite possibly the most infuriating thing in the history of football.
— Coral (@Coral) October 28, 2018
Pogba took 140,000 steps in the run-up. https://t.co/bKyaUuyEmj
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) October 28, 2018
During Paul Pogba's run-up to that penalty kick I managed to:
1) Change baby's diaper
2) Cook lunch
4) Take a nap
5) Watch 20 minutes of El Clasico
— Roger Gonzalez (@RGonzalezCBS) October 28, 2018
A negative reaction certainly but the publicity that Pogba is receiving will surely be welcomed by the Frenchman and considering the quality of his performance at Old Trafford it’s unlikely that he will let the critics affect him.
Manchester United currently lead 2-0 against Everton at Old Trafford with the aforementioned Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial scoring the goals.