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Unseen Footage Shows Bukayo Saka Was Impervious To Scott McTominay's Mind Games

Ryan Sidle

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Unseen Footage Shows Bukayo Saka Was Impervious To Scott McTominay's Mind Games

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Bukayo Saka showed he's got elite levels of composure by slotting home a penalty against Manchester United on Saturday, even after Scott McTominay tried to put him off.

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Saka scored his second penalty in a few days on Saturday, when he scored against United, after Alex Telles had fouled the English forward in the box.

The 20-year-old had scored from the 12 yard spot just days before, as the Gunners earned a surprise win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Those two goals suggested that there was no hangover for Saka from his penalty miss in the final of Euro 2020 last summer, and there was further proof of his mental strength before his goal against United.

Previously unseen footage ahead of the spot kick showed McTominay trying to play mind games with his opponent by knocking the ball out of his hands before taking it, but it obviously didn't work at all.

McTominay, who was honest in his assessment of the team after the loss, was only just coming back from three games out with an injury to start against Mikel Arteta's team, and things really didn't go well for him and his teammates.

Comical defending allowed Nuno Tavares to score after just three minutes, and it looked like Eddie Nketiah had doubled the lead just past the half hour mark.

That goal was ruled out for offside but VAR then picked up on the foul by Telles on Saka, which led to the forward scoring his penalty.

Cristiano Ronaldo's goal two minutes later got United back in the game and when Bruno Fernandes stepped up to take a penalty in the second half it looked like the game would be level.

The Portugal forward missed his effort, leading to questions of why Ronaldo wasn't taking it, and Granit Xhaka then ended the game as a competition with his effort from outside the box.

Topics: Bukayo Saka, Scott Mctominay, Manchester United, Premier League, Arsenal

Ryan Sidle
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