Manchester United have two players with a flawless penalty record
Paul Pogba saw his spotkick saved against Wolves in the second match of the new Premier League season, while Marcus Rashford hit the post during the weekend defeat to Crystal Palace.
No matter how good a player is any can crumble under the pressure of facing a decisive penalty kick in a top-flight match, but unfortunately for United their failings have been amplified by the dropped points which have followed.
United’s penalty imperfections have also been highlighted by the fact they became only the second team to win a penalty in each of their first three matches of a Premier League season, Chelsea in 2012-13 being the other. However, the Blues scored all three of theirs while United missed two.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown his faith in Pogba and Rashford by insisting they will be the club’s two designated penalty takers for the upcoming season, but the stats show that another duo might be a safer bet.
That is because United actually have two players in their first-team squad who have never missed a penalty in their career so far.
The four goals in normal time all came in his youth career, however Pereira was the only United player to find the net when they crashed out of the League Cup against Middlesbrough four years ago.
Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missed, while Pereira netted his in a 3-1 shootout defeat.
The only other player at the club with a flawless record is Daniel James. The summer signing netted his first penalty while playing in the Premier League 2 for Swansea, and also netted the winner as United defeated AC Milan in their final pre-season fixture earlier this year. Two from two might not be mind blowing, but it is certainly impressive.
If United get a penalty against Southampton this weekend then the young duo both have a fair argument to suggest they should take it.