Micah Richards has pointed out on Match of the Day on BBC One (11:02pm, September 25, 2021) what Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was doing to Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford during the penalty incident.
United were awarded a late penalty in the Premier League game against Villa at Old Trafford yesterday.
Both Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were on the pitch.
Fernandes took the penalty and missed, handing the Villans a 1-0 win in the Premier League game.
Just before the penalty, United and Villa players were near the spot.
Martinez was caught on camera telling United and Portugal international forward Ronaldo to take the spot kick.
Former Villa right-back and Match of the Day pundit Richards enjoyed Martinez’s antics, both before the penalty and after.
Richards said on Match of the Day on BBC One (11:02pm, September 25, 2021): “Look at Martinez here. He is saying to Ronaldo, ‘You take this’. Look at him. He has so much confidence. Look at his jiggy here.”
Martinez is a very good goalkeeper who has taken to his game to another level since leaving Arsenal in the summer of 2020.
The Argentina international is very confident and is a key figure in manager Dean Smith’s side.
Martinez won the Copa America with Argentina in the summer, and that has certainly made him more confident.
After all, not many goalkeepers would invite Ronaldo to take a penalty.