Man Utd and Arsenal take part in ‘most pointless penalty shootout ever’ after friendly

Man Utd and Arsenal take part in ‘most pointless penalty shootout ever’ after friendly

Manchester United and Arsenal participated in what was dubbed the “most meaningless penalty shootout ever” following their pre-season friendly match.

Just before the game started in New York, it was announced that there would be a penalty shootout, regardless of the actual full-time result. Both team managers, Erik ten Hag and Mikel Arteta, had apparently agreed to this arrangement.

Reportedly, both managers saw it as a valuable opportunity to practice penalty shootouts in front of a large crowd.

Consequently, after Manchester United secured a 2-0 victory with goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho, they proceeded to take part in the penalty shootout.

Manchester United emerged victorious in the shootout, scoring all five of their penalties, while Fabio Vieira missed his spot-kick for Arsenal. As a result, Arsenal didn’t get a chance to take their final penalty.

Many fans on social media were left baffled by the decision regardless, with one claiming: “This is so American!” A second said: “This makes no sense whatsoever. What’s the point??”

“The reason why football should be banned in America,” joked a third, while a fourth commented: “That was the most pointless and boring penalty shootout of all time.”

A minority of fans did see the benefits, with one saying: “I like the penalty shootout concept at FT in this Man United and Arsenal pre-season game. It’s a good move to practice penalty taking in a stadium setting. Yeah, it’s not high pressure, but it’s still more than the training ground.”

The match, which was observed by Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer at the MetLife Stadium, featured both teams fielding relatively strong line-ups, with Arsenal having a lineup closer to full strength compared to their opponents.

Throughout the game, both managers made multiple changes to provide their players with more playing time and build up their fitness levels. Manchester United’s next match is scheduled against Wrexham on Wednesday, as they continue their preparations for the upcoming season.

On the other hand, Arsenal’s next fixture is against Barcelona on Thursday. However, there is uncertainty surrounding this match as Barcelona had to cancel their friendly against Juventus just a few hours before kick-off on Sunday (July 23) due to a virus spreading among their squad. This situation raises doubts about the Barcelona-Arsenal match-up.

Man Utd and Arsenal take part in ‘most pointless penalty shootout ever’ after friendly

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