Manchester United fans are still in shock after their team’s dramatic Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona. The Red Devils were leading 1-0 in the second leg of their quarter-final tie, but a late Lionel Messi goal saw them crash out of the competition.
The most talked-about moment of the match, however, was when United forward Anthony Martial failed to pass the ball to three of his teammates who were free in the box. The Frenchman had the chance to put the game beyond doubt, but instead opted to shoot and his effort was blocked.
The incident has been the subject of much debate among United fans, with many still unable to believe that Martial didn’t pass the ball. The fact that there were three players free in the box made it even more baffling, as it would have been a simple tap-in for any of them.
The incident has been compared to a similar situation in the 1999 Champions League final, when United were leading Bayern Munich 1-0 in the dying minutes. Teddy Sheringham had the chance to pass to Ryan Giggs, who was free in the box, but instead opted to shoot and his effort was blocked.
The difference between the two incidents, however, is that Sheringham’s shot was blocked by a defender, whereas Martial’s was blocked by a teammate. This has made it even harder for United fans to accept, as it was a wasted opportunity to put the game beyond doubt.
It’s a moment that will haunt United fans for a long time, and it’s one that they will never forget. Martial had the chance to make history, but instead he chose to shoot and his effort was blocked. It’s a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his career, and one that United fans will never forget.