Manchester United ended Leicester City’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Saturday thanks to an 8th minute penalty from Marcus Rashford.
Just seven minutes into the game, Rashford was bundled over by Caglar Soyuncu in the box and left referee Martin Atkinson with no choice but to point to the spot.
Rashford had missed a penalty in the last game against Southampton, but coolly slammed in a penalty against the Foxes on Saturday afternoon.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Rashford’s confidence for converting his penalty kick.
Solskjaer said: “He’s been practising penalties and he can go both ways. He can go through the middle, he was calm and we’re going to get more of them, no doubt about it, because we’ve got players in the box with quick feet and, with VAR now, there’s no chance you’re not going to get them, even though we haven’t got every penalty we should have. Going forward, I think we’ll see him slot in a few more.
“Every striker misses a penalty. I’ve seen [Diego] Maradona and [Lionel] Messi do it. I’ve seen Platini against Brazil and Zico – my favourite player of all time – missed in the same game. You’ve just got to be confident enough to step up next time. What’s the worst that can happen?”
However, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers wasn’t too happy as he admitted it was probably a penalty, but suggested Rashford went down too easily looking for the decision.
He said after the game: “It was a soft penalty but I think it was one. Rashford is cute. There is a little bit of contact.”