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Manchester United u21 vs Arsenal, Sunday 28/2 (14:05) watch

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    Dat "mental strength". I think I'm going to be sick.
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    Anyone else's stream broken? Mine isn't showing any defenders
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    Rashford's performance is all the more impressive because he had the weight of expectation on him this time.

    It's easy to perform if you're thrown into the first team with little warning and no time to get nervous, as he was in midweek, but he was up against many people's pick to be PL champions and he took his goals exceptionally well.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Rashford's performance is all the more impressive because he had the weight of expectation on him this time.

    It's easy to perform if you're thrown into the first team with little warning and no time to get nervous, as he was in midweek, but he was up against many people's pick to be PL champions and he took his goals exceptionally well.
    This doesn't make sense. The fact that there was no expectation on him to perform against people's pick to be PL champions is what made his performance all the more impressive. Have to say I thought his movement was fantastic, especially for the third goal. Created that chance out of nothing.
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    (Original post by AliRizzo)
    This doesn't make sense. The fact that there was no expectation on him to perform against people's pick to be PL champions is what made his performance all the more impressive. Have to say I thought his movement was fantastic, especially for the third goal. Created that chance out of nothing.
    There was pressure in the sense that everyone was wondering if he could do it against a big club, therefore many people were questioning him putting more pressure on him.

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    There was pressure in the sense that everyone was wondering if he could do it against a big club, therefore many people were questioning him putting more pressure on him.

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    It was literally his first PL start and second game, the guy had his wiki page created like 4 days ago. Don't think it would have proved anything if he failed to score yesterday.
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    (Original post by AliRizzo)
    This doesn't make sense. The fact that there was no expectation on him to perform against people's pick to be PL champions is what made his performance all the more impressive. Have to say I thought his movement was fantastic, especially for the third goal. Created that chance out of nothing.
    After scoring two goals, all eyes were on him. Everybody was watching him. That's pressure.
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    I'd agree that a debutant has no pressure at all to deliver, which ironically makes him perform better. We're keeping our u21s under wraps too often at times, while other clubs have their 18- year - olds knocking on the first team door.
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    Debutants are exceptional cases I think and their performance will generally regress to the mean (so: they either start really well and then their performance goes down a bit or they start badly and then improve; PS. I know it's not rocket science but I think it's an interesting case of statistics).
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    (Original post by llys)
    Debutants are exceptional cases I think and their performance will generally regress to the mean (so: they either start really well and then their performance goes down a bit or they start badly and then improve; PS. I know it's not rocket science but I think it's an interesting case of statistics).
    Completely agree. Look at some of the youngest scorers in PL history. Aside from Owen and Rooney, very few were real trailblazers who set the division alight. James Vaughan, Macheda, Welbeck etc.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Completely agree. Look at some of the youngest scorers in PL history. Aside from Owen and Rooney, very few were real trailblazers who set the division alight. James Vaughan, Macheda, Welbeck etc.
    Yeah, interesting compilation here:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/foo...d-starlet.html
    It's exactly 50/50, not sure if they did that on purpose.
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    (Original post by llys)
    Yeah, interesting compilation here:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/foo...d-starlet.html
    It's exactly 50/50, not sure if they did that on purpose.
    Harsh on Forssell that. Sure, he wasn't Chelsea level, but he carved out a good PL career and shone for the likes of Birmingham.
 
 
 
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