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Anthony Martial clarifies ‘Panenka’ decision in Manchester United’s loss vs Cadiz

Anthony Martial clarifies ‘Panenka’ decision in Manchester United’s loss vs Cadiz

Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial explained his decision to take a ‘Panenka’ penalty against Cadiz in the first preseason match to United Daily (h/t Manchester Evening News).

Although United lost the game 4-2 with numerous academy players playing against a La Liga first team, there were some positives to take away from the game, including the performance of youngster Kobbie Mainoo and the cheeky penalty kick scored by Anthony Martial.

When questioned about his decision to attempt a Panenka, the French forward admits that his teammates were the primary motivation.

He stated: “I’ve executed quite a few during training and people have always said: ‘Well, you’re not going to do that during a match.

So I said: ‘Well, yes I am’, and then the chance arose and I took it and I scored. It all depends [on my technique]. Sometimes, I can wait. Sometimes, well it just depends how I decide to take the penalty.”

Many assumed that Morocco captain Achraf Hakimi’s decisive Panenka kick to eliminate Spain from the FIFA World Cup 2022 could have been one of the contributing factors, however it appears that it was simply peer pressure from his teammates.

Martial is one of the current United squad members who divides opinion among many. Signed by Louis Van Gaal and regarded as one of the top young players in Europe, the forward could not have hoped for a greater debut than against Liverpool, where he truly made his mark on the big stage.

However, the end of the season and the dismissal of Van Gaal severely hindered the Frenchman’s development, as new manager Jose Mourinho had no interest in using him.

Martial was given a second chance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho. He was particularly impressive in the Norwegian’s first full season in command, playing as a number nine and scoring a total of 23 goals in all competitions.

As in the past, he was unable to maintain the momentum and had a very dismal season the following year. He was then loaned to Sevilla, with many believing that we had seen the last of Martial in a United jersey.

Erik ten Hag’s appointment coincided with Sevilla’s decision not to exercise its option to buy him on a permanent basis. This was advantageous for both Manchester United and Anthony Martial, as the latter had a tremendous preseason but was limited by injuries.

Anthony Martial clarifies ‘Panenka’ decision in Manchester United’s loss vs Cadiz

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