Paul Pogba has claimed full responsibility for giving away the penalty that saw Arsenal win at Old Trafford despite Mike Dean being in charge.
Although Arsenal were the better team for large portions of the match, their finishing let them down when they did manage to craft chances.
Never fear, this is a new era and 2020 is nothing if not unpredictable.
The clock ticked into the 69th minute and Pogba attempted to make a challenge on Hector Bellerin only to foul his man. Admittedly, that’s not usually enough to get a penalty at Old Trafford under Mike Dean.
Yet, to our amazement, the man in the middle pointed to the spot, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepped up to score his fourth of the season (and 74th for Arsenal), and Arsenal took home all three points.
The win also saw Mikel Arteta’s side move up one place to ninth in the Premier League table, five points ahead of United who sit in 12th place with two wins from six games and a goal difference of minus four.
“I felt like I touched him a bit and I knew I was in the box,” Pogba said after the match. “I shouldn’t have given a penalty away like that.
“I’m not the best defensively in the box but I can learn and work on that.
“We have to do better, the team and myself, but it starts with me.
“I cost us the goal today with the penalty but it was a poor team performance. We need to do a lot better.”
Speaking after his 100th game in charge of United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, “Paul has held his hand up.
“He knows he could and should have done better in that instance. He knows if he stays on his feet it will be OK because the boy isn’t going anywhere.”