Racist tweets follow another United penalty miss

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 Aug 2019

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer condemned racist tweets sent to Marcus Rashford, after the Manchester United forward missed a penalty in the shock 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

The abuse of Rashford came after United midfielder Paul Pogba was also subjected to racist taunts on social media following his failure to score a penalty in a 1-1 draw at Wolves.

Frenchman Pogba, 26, had taken penalties duties from Rashford, who resumed the job against Palace, only to miss from the spot for the first time in his career.

"I am lost for words if it keeps going," said Solskjaer, when informed of what had happened to Rashford. "We keep having all these campaigns, saying no to racism, but these people keep hiding behind fake identities. It is crazy that we keep talking about this in 2019."

The racist incidents provided a nasty conclusion to a bad afternoon for United, as they lost their unbeaten start to the season following a stoppage-time winner from Patrick van Aanholt. Jordan Ayew had fired Palace ahead in the first half but United equalized in the 89th minute thanks to Daniel James' lovely curling finish into the top corner.

For Solskjaer, there was only frustration as United now have just one win from their first three games. "We have to learn and we have to learn quickly," he said. "The last two games, we should have taken six points from them if you had been watching as a neutral."

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