Marcus Rashford scored the winner with a well-taken penalty, and his shooting technique proves why Buffon was forced into making mistakes.
Manchester United defeated Paris Saint Germain in a dramatic game at Parc des Princes in the second leg of the round-of-16.
Marcus Rashford scored the winning penalty in the injury time after VAR awarded the visitors a spot-kick inside the box, as Presnal Kimpembe committed a handball offence.
Rashford took the kick calmly and beat Gianluigi Buffon with the power on the ball.
Sqauwka noticed Marcus Rashford’s shooting technique, which made it difficult for Buffon – not only during the penalty, but also for the second goal where Buffon fumbled up.
Rashford’s shooting technique:
The Manchester United youngster uses a ‘knuckle-ball technique’ while taking the shot.
Rashford’s hyper-extends his knee and shoots with a fully flat foot. This way, he can exert full power on the shot, which makes it difficult for goalkeepers to take full control of the ball.
This happened during the first half when Romelu Lukaku gave Manchester United the lead for the second time in the game.
Rashford took the shot from outside the box and exerted enormous power, forcing Buffon to make a mistake while collecting the ball.
During the penalty in the injury-time, which gave Manchester United the win, Rashford replicated a similar technique. This ensured that Buffon had little chance to save the ball even when he dived correctly.
“The way these balls moved nowadays, I was at the training ground a little while ago, last week it was, and I saw him hitting these balls from around this distance, dead balls,” Rio Ferdinand said about Marcus Rashford during his stint with BT Sports for the PSG clash.
“And he does make the ball move wonderfully and it makes it almost impossible for any goalkeeper on the planet to make a clean save. Buffon just tries to get his body behind the ball.”
In a video with the England football team’s official YouTube channel, Rashford explained his shooting style.
“I’d say from repetitions, you just get what works best for you. I just repeated similar finishes and then you get better at it.
“I’d say it’s more about technique. Like I said before about repeating the same action, now I don’t have to put much effort into striking the ball as much as what I was used to. In terms of the power, once you get the technique you can play with it.”
How Twitter reacted..
We need to talk about Marcus Rashford’s technique…
Anyone else in love with the way he strikes the ball? 😍🤤 pic.twitter.com/lp7GJ1p6m6
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 7, 2019
Marcus Rashford’s shooting technique is a sight to behold in itself.
It’s similar to that of the left-footed ‘slap’ technique we’ve seen from the likes of Marco Asensio.
On display, causing trouble, yet again last night. pic.twitter.com/YRdIQ46TTS
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) March 7, 2019
Marcus Rashford will return to action on Sunday night as Manchester United take on Arsenal in the Premier League.