Facundo Pellistri scores.

Pellistri revives the art of rounding the keeper

Tuesday 20 July 2021 15:24

When Facundo Pellistri went around the goalkeeper to score our second goal at Derby County in Sunday's pre-season friendly, it prompted a discussion as to why it's a finish that perhaps is not seen as regularly in the modern game.

Some players seem to prefer a dinked finish to shimmying past the goalie but Facundo kept his cool and was rewarded with a simple tap-in to double the Reds' lead during the 2-1 triumph.

It was something he had done before, when showing a similarly calm head when netting in the Papa John's game against Accrington Stanley last term.

Which of these goals is your favourite? Video

Which of these goals is your favourite?

Facundo Pellistri's effort reminded us of other finishes after rounding the goalkeeper...

The strike got us thinking about goals from former Reds, who rounded the keeper before finding the net, and these were the first five that came to mind...

George Best v Benfica (1968)
The bewitching Northern Ireland wing-wizard was still running on full steam when the European Cup final reached extra-time at Wembley. Alex Stepney's long punt downfield led to the opening and Best raced through to score with aplomb. He later cheekily said he thought of getting down on his knees to head the ball over the line.

Lee Sharpe v Leeds United (1991)
In the most hostile of territories, United were clinging on to a 2-1 first-leg advantage in the Rumbelows League Cup sem-final second leg at Elland Road. Left-winger Sharpe had been given a rough ride by his marker Mel Sterland but had the last laugh as the game moved into injury time. With Leeds piling forward, Mark Hughes fed Brian McClair and he released Sharpe, who had the freedom of the entire half. The speed merchant danced around John Lukic to belt in from an improbable angle and then boogied in front of the jubilant away fans as the home players and supporters wrongly complained that he was offside.

Ryan Giggs v Tottenham (1992)
One of Giggsy's all-time classic solo efforts as he beat Dean Austin to the ball and nutmegged Jason Cundy at Tottenham. He sprinted onto the ball, getting there ahead of keeper Ian Walker. The Wales international was taken a little wide but composed himself to whip a left-footed finish into the inviting net, just before half-time during the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

Lee Sharpe outstrips Mel Sterland at Elland Road in 1991.

Andrei Kanchelskis v Norwich (1993)
The Reds roared out of the blocks at Carrow Road to blitz Norwich with a spell of devastating attacking football that will forever live long in the memory. The Ukrainian got on the end of a quite brilliant move down the right, which included a perfectly timed through ball by McClair. Although Eric Cantona powered into the middle, hoping for a centre, the right-winger had admitted he wanted more goals to show his worth to the team and he decided to go it alone, skipping past Bryan Gunn before slipping the ball home in style.

Ruud van Nistelrooy v Aston Villa (2002)
We also recall Ruud rounding the keeper on his debut in the Charity Shield against Liverpool but, to be honest, it's impossible to leave this one out. The deadly Dutchman capped the most stirring of comebacks at Villa Park in the FA Cup by making it 3-2 and the keeper he jinked past before touching in the winner was none other than Peter Schmeichel. It would be remiss of us not to give a shout out to the man who provided the assist either - a certain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Which of our five classic rounding-the-keeper goals was your favourite?poll

Which of our five classic rounding-the-keeper goals was your favourite?

Watch Facundo Pellistri in action when United face QPR on Saturday at 15:00 BST, live on MUTV.