Paul Pogba has admitted that he may have to change his penalty routine after seeing his effort saved by Everton’s Jordan Pickford on Sunday.
The Frenchman took 26 steps and more than nine seconds to strike the ball in a run-up that is being routinely mocked.
Pogba’s teammate Luke Shaw took to Twitter to joke that he managed to make a comeback and renew his Manchester United contract in the time it took the midfielder to strike the penalty.
But we may not see the slow, stuttering routine for much longer.
“I may practise to change it because maybe the goalkeepers are starting to know my steps, but the most important thing is when the ball goes in,” the 25-year-old said.
Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Graeme Souness accused Pogba of simply doing it for show.
“I personally think it's a bit ‘look at me, look at me’,” Souness said.
Man United fan mocks Gerrard
Football fans are having a laugh, though, and one has used Pogba’s routine to mock Steven Gerrard.
Using the hashtag ‘Things you can do during Pogba’s penalty run up’, Man United supporter @SemperFiUtd has created a video remembering Gerrard’s sending off against the Red Devils in 2015.
Gerrard received a red card just 38 seconds after coming on as a substitute for a stamp on Ander Herrera.
Liverpool were trailing 1-0 when Gerrard saw red and they would end up losing the match 2-1.
Man United fans haven’t forgotten the moment and they’re sharing it once again on Twitter, all thanks to Pogba.
Poor Stevie. Chelsea fans won’t let him forget about that slip, Man United fans won’t let him forget about that red.
Pogba has seen two of the five penalties he’s taken this season saved and a return to traditional methods could be required.
BBC Sport have studied the numbers and they highlight the varying ways Pogba has struck his spot kicks this season.
He needed eight steps to score against Brighton but 23 to find the back of the net against Young Boys.
In total, Pogba has taken 92 steps across the five penalties he’s taken this season at an average of 18.4 steps per penalty.
Whatever happened to just running up and whacking it?
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