Paul Pogba’s penalty-taking technique is once again under the microscope after the Manchester United star enjoyed a huge stroke of good fortune on Sunday.
After a stuttering run-up that featured 28 mini-steps and took 11.58 seconds – two seconds longer than Usain Bolt’s 100m world record – Pogba’s spot-kick was saved by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Fortunately for the French World Cup winner, Pickford pushed the ball straight back out to him and he was able to score on the rebound.
However, the save has made Pogba reconsider whether his delayed run-up is actually effective and it could well be the last we see of it.
‘I was lucky,’ Pogba admitted after United’s 2-1 win. ‘I always try to destabilise the keeper.
‘Maybe they know how I take penalties, maybe I should practise to change it, if the keepers know my step.’
But Pogba found support from his manager Jose Mourinho, who commended his willingness to step forward and shoulder the pressure and responsibility of the spot-kick.
‘The thing I like is the desire to take it,’ Mourinho said. ‘Let me choose the words, I don’t want to be punished.