Gary Neville reacts to Paul Pogbas weird penalty after Manchester Uniteds win over Leicester


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Manchester United star Paul Pogba scored the first Premier League goal of the season (Getty Images)

Gary Neville was worried Paul Pogba would miss his penalty during Manchester Uniteds Premier League curtain raiser against Leicester at Old Trafford.

Pogba scored the first league goal of the season from the spot after only three minutes following an inexplicable handball by Daniel Amartey inside the Foxes box.

The Frenchman stuttered in his run-up towards the ball before eventually firing a shot past Kasper Schmeichels net to open the scoring for United.

His method, though, concerned Neville who predicted that a lack of speed in the run-up would result in failure from 12 yards.

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When he started, I dont know what he was doing actually, just moving up towards the ball, you thought, “Oh no, start running quickly, youre not going to get enough power in it”, the United legend said on Sky Sports.

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But hes so confident and he started the game brilliantly, Paul Pogba. (It was) weird. I was thinking, “Youve got to score”. I was thinking, “How do you get the power into it?”

But he just lifts it over Kasper Schmeichel and when they lift it to the upper part of the net, keepers never get them.

Gary Neville worried Manchester United star Paul Pogba would miss the penalty shot (Getty Images)

United kick-started their campaign on the right foot with a 2-1 victory over Leicester as Luke Shaw followed up Pogbas opener with a second goal in the 83rd minute before Jamie Vardy scored what turned out to be a consolation goal for Leicester.

Pogba was named captain for the match despite only returning to training on Monday following an outstanding World Cup campaign with France.

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The midfielder was linked with a move to Barcelona during the summer transfer window and rumours suggested he was keen to join Ernesto Valverdes side.

However, the Red Devils managed to keep hold of Pogba as transfer deadline day passed and it looks increasingly likely that he will stay in Manchester for the season ahead.

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