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What Happened When A 17-Year Old Paul Pogba Did The Same Penalty Run-Up

What Happened When A 17-Year Old Paul Pogba Did The Same Penalty Run-Up

SPORTbible http://www.sportbible.com/assets/images/theme/logo-blk.png 1 hour ago 0  Shares What Happened When A 17-Year Old Paul Pogba Did The Same Penalty Run-Up Sat Aug 11 2018 13:36:32 GMT+0100 (BST) Sat Aug 11 2018 13:37:26 GMT+0100 (BST) Josh Lawless Josh Lawless in  Football Powered by Paul Pogba's bizarre 'slow motion' run-up for his penalty may have come as…


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What Happened When A 17-Year Old Paul Pogba Did The Same Penalty Run-Up

Paul Pogba’s bizarre ‘slow motion’ run-up for his penalty may have come as a surprise to Manchester United fans at Old Trafford last night but a few may have remembered it’s a technique he regularly uses – notably doing it in an FA Youth Cup quarter final away at Anfield as a 17-year old with a very different outcome.

Against Leicester, the World Cup struck his spot-kick brilliantly despite taking about half an hour to take it – setting the tone for what was a very complete midfield performance from the former Juventus man.

However, back in 2011 Pogba tried to be cocky in front of the Kop and it went horribly wrong. Again, he took an age to approach the ball and coolly slotted home.

But referee David Coote deemed his fake shot, which fooled the goalkeeper midway through his run-up, to be an illegal move – and so Pogba was shown a second yellow and subsequently given his marching orders.

Larnell Cole then retook the second penalty and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way before Ravel Morrison struck twice to give United a massive 3-2 win in a game where four players saw red.

Pogba assumed penalty-taking duties ahead of Alexis Sanchez last night, despite the Chilean’s best efforts. Commenting on their discussion after the game, the Frenchman toldSky Sports.

“We don’t really have one [a designated penalty taker]. The manager has names but after, it’s how we feel.

“I decided to take it, I was one of the names and in the next game, I can leave it to Alexis, it’s not a problem. It is just the win that is the most important.”

Image: PA
Image: PA

He also provided an explanation for his unorthodox run-up for the opening goal, saying:

“It’s my style of taking penalties, I’ve always done. I know it’s long, it can disturb the goalkeeper, but that’s how I take it. The most important thing is that the ball goes in, because if I miss, I know what I will hear afterwards”

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field – including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He loves a Meatball Marinara from Subway on a Friday.

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