Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo misses a tap-in after dazzling Paul Pogba skill
Cristiano Ronaldo missed a tap-in right in front of the goal after Paul Pogba produced a piece of world-class skill to create the chance during Manchester United and Leeds’ Sunday afternoon Premier League match.
It came in the 25th minute with the match deadlocked at 0-0.
Pogba found himself isolated on the left-hand side of the pitch, one-on-one with Adam Forshaw.
The French World Cup winner fancied his chances, first producing a few body feints before weaving his foot around the ball.
Pogba waited until Forshaw made his move, knocking it past the midfielder when the Leeds player committed to a challenge.
The 28-year-old then shrugged off Forshaw’s challenge before firing a ball across the Leeds goal, sending it through Marco Llorente’s legs in the process.
It came to Ronaldo who failed to score from barely a yard out, kicking it against Illian Meslier.
The ball was slightly behind the Portuguese international, but it was nevertheless a stunning miss from United’s talisman.
Ronaldo is one goal away from equaling FIFA’s recognised highest ever goalscorer in men’s senior football Josef Bican who reportedly scored 805 goals, although that record is contested.
He has never scored against Leeds.
Manchester United broke the deadlock shortly after Ronaldo’s miss however, Harry Maguire heading home from a corner in the 34th minute to give United the lead and their first goal from a corner all season.
Bruno Fernandes then doubled their advantage just before halftime when he headed Jadon Sancho’s cross underneath Meslier.
The match between Manchester United and Leeds is known as the Roses Derby, with the two being seen as representatives of historic rival counties Lancashire and Yorkshire.
The two cities lie on opposite sides of the Pennine hills, but not everyone seemed to be aware of the historic rivalry.
“I didn’t know that [the rivalry] until a week ago,” Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick said before the match.
“But most of my colleagues have indicated this is probably one of the biggest rivalries in the Premier League.”
Leeds 0 – 0 Manchester United
Ronaldo missed 😱
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