Man Utd legend reveals what Pogba, Fernandes can do that he could not

Date published: Sunday 17th May 2020 5:29

Ryan Giggs: Looks concerned

Ryan Giggs has hailed the qualities of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba from the penalty spot for Manchester United.

The midfield duo have both shown cool heads when taking penalties, and former United winger Giggs does not believe he could replicate their technique.

The Wales manager scored 168 goals for United, making him their joint-seventh top scorer of all-time, as well as their leading appearance maker – and he has now shared insight into how his approach to penalties was different from the one he sees in Fernandes and Pogba.

He told beIN Sports (via The Mirror): “My technique with penalty taking was – you know you see players looking at the goalkeeper?

“Eden Hazard – I mean he’s amazing, he just goes up so slowly, and even Bruno Fernandes now with a little hop.

“I could never do that. My philosophy was: ‘I’m putting it low into the corner – even if the goalkeeper goes the right way, he’s not going to save it if I execute it right.’

“That was my philosophy, so it doesn’t matter if he went the right way or not. If I do low, side-netting, he shouldn’t be able to save it.

“That was my philosophy, rather than looking at the goalkeeper, trying to play mind games and having the confidence which Hazard and Bruno Fernandes [have].

“Pogba did for a while that slow run up. I could never do that.”

Giggs has already hailed Fernandes’ impact from open play, praising the Portugal international back in March for the quick start he made to life at Old Trafford following his January transfer from Sporting CP.

And while Pogba’s injury struggles have meant he has been unable to line up alongside his new teammate, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that the duo could form a vital partnership when they can get together.


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