Despite eventually winning the game 3-0, Manchester United will be questioning their ability to convert penalties after missing two against Norwich.
The first penalty, awarded after a suspect foul on Daniel James, was to be taken by Marcus Rashford. The young Englishman hit the shot low and to the keeper’s right, before the ball was smothered by Tim Krul.
The second penalty, given for a handball, was claimed by Anthony Martial. In an attempt to throw the goalkeeper off, the Frenchman went to the opposite side of Rashford, but Krul came up big again with the save.
The pair of misses caused fans to begin suggesting future penalty kick takers. While one fan was more realistic, suggesting veteran Ashley Young should take on the responsibility, others agreed that they may as well hand off spot kicks to their Spanish shot-stopper.
What is it with Man Utd and penalties?
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) October 27, 2019
Next time penalty give to young
— Matthew (@Matthew39928966) October 27, 2019
Ask De Gea to take the penalty next time
— Calvin #FeelSpecial? (@SaidaMo_) October 27, 2019
I think De Gea should take penalties from next time ?
— Sumit (@maguire_sauce) October 27, 2019
Lol just send De Gea to take penalties
— Kevin (@Kevster_Retsvek) October 27, 2019
Unbelievable, give it to De Gea
— DS ? ? (@mufcdxs) October 27, 2019
Many agreed that United should have done much better from 12 yards. Had both penalties been converted, the Red Devils would have won the game 5-0. One fan does admit, however, that the penalty-stopping ability of Krul must be applauded.
2-0 Half Time
Realistically should be 4-0 if it wasn't for the poor penalty taking, but been a great half none the less. Looked threatening the entire half, just need to make sure we keep attacking in the second half. ?
— StretfordPaddock (@StretfordPaddck) October 27, 2019
Tim Krul is unreal. But should have done better with both pens.
— Stephen Howson ?? (@MrStephenHowson) October 27, 2019
What do we think?
Going forward, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have a lot to think about regarding penalty kick takers. With Paul Pogba out injured until December, the Norwegian manager may have to look elsewhere. While De Gea may not be the answer, the likes of Ashley Young could be called upon in the future.