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Manchester United Manager David Moyes Reveals His 10 Tips For Penalty Success

by | 23rd, January 2014

PA 18651484 Manchester United Manager David Moyes Reveals His 10 Tips For Penalty Success

WHEN Manchester United lost a penalty shoot-out to Sunderland in last night’s League Cup semi-final, we remembered a 2010 article he wrote for the Times:

David Moyes: How to win a penalty shootout

Things to note:

* As a manager, you can take pressure off your men by making yourself accountable for success and failure.

* You should have a clear idea about what you’re going to do.

 

* How the manager prepares his team is key.

 

* I’m not the guru, but for what it’s worth, this is how I believe preparation for penalties can go: you get everyone in your squad to attempt spot-kicks in training — everyone, because there are some players you don’t imagine will be good at them who turn out to be excellent takers.

 

* You find some players are naturals at it, some just don’t have the knack, and there are some who are coachable — by working with them technically and mentally you can make them good from 12 yards.

 

* Certain things are required to score a penalty, accuracy, power and placement being the main ones. You keep this in mind while you watch and if a player scores a good one in training you say: “I like that. Can you go and practise it? Can you guarantee to take that penalty in a shootout?”

 

Moyes’ Everton defeated Manchester United in a shoot-out:

 

* When we won against Manchester United, all my lads did exactly, from the spot, what we’d said they would beforehand. I feel you take pressure away from individuals that way.

 

* You find some players are naturals at it, some just don’t have the knack, and there are some who are coachable — by working with them technically and mentally you can make them good from 12 yards.

 

 

And goalkeepers:

* The manager has told the keeper what to do and if it goes wrong he knows his boss can have no complaints.

 

And Moyes the player:

* As I said, I’m not the guru. I was only in one penalty shootout as a player and I missed from the spot. It was for Bristol City versus Mansfield in the Freight Rover final, 1987. All week in training I’d been mashing them down the middle and beating the keeper but, having played 120 minutes, I had cramp in both legs and hit my kick as if my foot was a shovel.



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