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Paul Pogba says he gave away penalty to Arsenal because he was 'a bit out of breath'

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba gave away another clumsy penalty as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer'...



Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba gave away another clumsy penalty as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side lost 1-0 to Arsenal at Old Trafford.

After conceding a penalty in Manchester United's 6-1 defeat to Spurs, Paul Pogba failed to learn his lesson, as the World Cup winner's clumsy foul on Hector Bellerin was punished by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Arsenal's 1-0 win.

Pogba has now conceded three penalties in the Premier League under Solskjaer, while no other Manchester United player has conceded more than one.

Ultimately, Aubameyang's goal from the penalty spot proved to be the difference as Mikel Arteta's side got their first win at Old Trafford since 2006.

Pogba 'out of breath'

After the match, Pogba said that he was "a bit out of breath" while making the “stupid” tackle on Bellerin.

"We know it's a poor performance. Myself, I cannot give a foul away like this," Pogba told BBC Sport.

He added: "I thought I would touch the ball but I didn't. [I] cost us the goal today with the penalty. Like I say, details.

"We have to do better, the team, myself, it starts with me. I felt like I touched him a bit, I knew I was in the box, I shouldn't have given a penalty away like that.

"Maybe I was a bit out of breath, it made me do this stupid mistake I will learn from that, I'm not the best defensively in the box, I can work on that."

Prior to the match, Roy Keane was critical of the 27-year-old's form during his second spell at the club, but the former Juventus midfielder also believes that United have problems going forward.

"We also need to do more with the ball creating chances. We didn't expect to be man for man, but after this, we can adapt, we have to find a solution but we didn't. That's why we weren't dangerous with the ball. But like I say, the team performance needs to be a lot better," said Pogba.

Pogba might have an immediate chance to make amends when United host Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday.

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