Paul Pogba admitted he must change his penalty technique as Jose Mourinho praised the Manchester United midfielder's mentality.
Pogba's dithering 28-step run-up did not fool Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during United's win at Old Trafford. He scored the rebound to spare his own blushes.
The stutter drew severe criticism from both Gary Neville and Graeme Souness but Mourinho has no issue with the 25-year-old continuing to take United's spot kicks.
'The thing I like is the desire to take it,' Mourinho said. 'Let me choose the words, I don't want to be punished. I don't like Mickey Mouses, the fragile, afraid to go, "I don't take penalties". I like the player that says: "I want to take it."
'Paul, can he improve? I think he can. The goalkeepers know his running, they don't move and they are waiting for his decision so he has to learn from that. But for me the most important thing is he wants to go again.'
Pickford claimed he had telegraphed exactly what Pogba was planning and the Frenchman is ready to tinker with his style in future after also missing at Burnley earlier in the season.
'I was lucky,' Pogba said. 'I always try and destabilise the keeper, maybe they know how I take penalties, maybe I should practise to change it, if the keepers know my step.'