Charlie Mulgrew’s clever free-kick for Dundee United is going viral

  • Rob Swan

Dundee United’s Charlie Mulgrew scored an early contender for the most audacious free-kick of the 2021-22 season against Arbroath on Saturday.

The 35-year-old, who returned to his former club last month following a five-year stint with Blackburn Rovers, broke the deadlock in the 21st minute with a moment of individual brilliance.

Situated around 40 yards from goal, Mulgrew shaped up to take the set-piece before producing a dummy.

He then kept his eyes on his teammates before circling back around to the ball.


One of his teammates then pretended that he was going to whip in the free-kick with his right foot before stopping still.

Arbroath goalkeeper Derek Gaston also remained still on the edge of his six-yard box but was caught out by Mulgrew.

The veteran defender, who scored his previous goal for Dundee United 15 years ago, produced a magnificent left-footed strike into the bottom corner of the net.


Mulgrew’s strike had enough pace and precious to beat Gaston, who’d been fooled by the centre-back’s clever tactic.

Video: Watch Charlie Mulgrew’s free-kick

Watch Mulgrew’s free-kick here…

Footage of the goal is being shared across social media and here’s some of the best reaction from Twitter…


Was it better than Borussia Dortmund’s clever free-kick?

Mulgrew’s goal brought back memories of a free-kick that Borussia Dortmund scored against Werder Bremen back in 2018.

Raphael Guerreiro and Marco Reus were involved in a similar situation and it led to a goal scored by Paco Alcacer.

But considering Mulgrew actually scored the goal, we think it’s safe to say that the Dundee United player’s free-kick is even more impressive.

Take a bow, Charlie!

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