Oh, well if Hoddle and Michael fecking Owen said it, it must be true. Honestly.I have seen what Hoddle and Owen said that same thing. You are right. He can't dive to the right because of his starting position. I have seen it numerous times from different angles.
You have to make the ball travel the longest distance to give you the best chance of making a save.
Remember if he was aiming for the far post he would have to get it over the wall and then bend it into the far post. That's a heck of a long time in the air than just putting it in the near post.
This is just basic.
People talking otherwise has no clue about goal keeping. The same way they blame him for the first goal. Nothing much he can do about it. Even if he was commanding in the air he is not going to save it probably. This is why near post corners are so difficult to defend against. This is why United rarely scores from corners because we don't know how to take a near post corner.