Marcus Rashford was denied a goal against Tottenham, and Thierry Henry reminded the Manchester United striker that “strength is not always the answer.”
With goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes in the second half, United defeated Spurs 2-0 to move within striking distance of the top four. Erik ten Hag’s team dominated the game.
Hugo Lloris has to make many outstanding stops to deny the home team despite United’s 19 shots on goal in the opening period.
In one of those instances, Rashford was denied after being passed through by Fred and hitting low and across the goal, but Lloris dived to stop the shot.
A similar opportunity was missed by the 24-year-old in the second half when he cut inside and the Tottenham goalkeeper once more turned away his shot.
Henry, a former Arsenal player, criticized Rashford’s first-half performance for favoring strength over skill, saying that all strikers should learn how to “freeze” the goalkeeper before releasing the trigger.
Henry acknowledged that he could have done better for Amazon Prime.
He advises you to glance at the goalkeeper to freeze him as the ball approaches you. Strikers don’t do that frequently; you know the ball is heading your way and you need to glance at the goalkeeper to stop him, but he never did.
He simply shoots low and across, as you would normally. Not all problems are solved by power.
Additionally, Henry questioned Rashford’s strategy for his second-half try, in which the England international cut inside his defender to slam the ball into the far corner.
As instructed by Henry, simply finish the ball after opening it, then set it down in this location. Why make it difficult? The goal on the outside of the goal, bye. The goalkeeper, however, took it directly. but Hugo made a fantastic save.
Cristiano Ronaldo will not start against Tottenham because Rashford, United’s leading scorer this year with five goals, has been chosen.
However, despite leaving the tunnel while the game was still in progress, the 37-year-old still managed to grab some headlines.