Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Paul Pogba could have done better against Arsenal.

The Frenchman was at fault for the only goal of the game having given away a penalty for a clumsy tackle on Hector Bellerin.

Pogba held his hands up for the incident, saying: "We know it’s a poor performance. Myself, I cannot give a foul away like this. 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.

Paul Pogba gave away a penalty as Man Utd lost to Arsenal at the weekend
Paul Pogba gave away a penalty as Man Utd lost to Arsenal at the weekend

“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.”

Though Solskjaer is remaining positive amid plenty of criticism for World Cup winner Pogba.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure again at Man Utd
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure again at Man Utd

The United boss said: “Paul knows that exact incident he could have dealt better. That is how it is in football, high tempo.”

“Every player is frustrated after the defeat. We need consistency from every one of our players.

“Paul has had a difficult period with injury, with COVID, so I think we have seen plenty of positives.”

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On the penalty itself, Solskjaer had said: “Paul knows if he stays on his feet and he shuffles the boy… because he was on his way out of the box, it’s a soft penalty to give away. Those things happen.

“I know he touched him enough to give away a penalty and that went against us. Paul held his hand up and he knows he could and should have done better in that instance.

“That was the difference between the teams today. It always looked like a 0-0 to me.”