Marcus hints at an exciting knuckle ball hook-up

Wednesday 31 March 2021 12:00

Who is your favourite free-kick taker not named David Beckham?

That question was put to Manchester United hero Marcus Rashford this week during a Twitter Q&A that the striker held with his 4.3million followers.

Our no.10 loves to engage with people online and everybody has seen over the last year how he has used his platforms for good, both in terms of societal change and one-on-one contact with fans. 

When answering the question about set-piece kings, which was put to him by the broadcaster @BTSport, Marcus tagged a former United hero who could strike the ball with unerring power from a set-piece and open play. 


“I used to love to watch @LuisNani,” wrote Rashford on his official Twitter account. 

“He was one of the only ones who could knuckle ball.”

Nani is currently playing in Major League Soccer with Orlando City and the Portuguese forward was quick to appreciate the respect shown by Marcus.

He replied with an invitation that has excited supporters, saying: “Thanks mate. We’ve got to do a shoot around together sometime.”

Rashford’s response of “Bro, you know where I am” and Nani’s sign-off of “You can count on it” offers hope of a legendary hook-up in the future.

Perhaps at the Aon Training Complex one day?


The striking technique was arguably made famous by Cristiano Ronaldo and United team-mate Nani also made it his own, although more commonly when shooting from open play rather than free-kicks. So what is it?

An online definition reads: “The goal is to strike the ball with as little spin as possible to allow the natural asymmetrical airflow surrounding the ball as it travels through the air to generate any movement. The inconsistent nature of the airflow as the ball lifts and travels is what makes the ball’s flightpath so difficult to predict.”

The best and most entertaining way to understand this technique is by watching, so let’s take a look at Nani’s best efforts as a Red…

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The knuckle ball technique is famously hard to execute, but Marcus has become an expert after hours of hard work at the Aon Training Complex. 

His best example from an illustrious career so far is surely the electrifying free-kick that he scored against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season. 

Where does that effort rank among our greatest free-kicks? Watch the video below to find out...

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Make sure you follow @MarcusRashford and @LuisNani on Twitter.