- May 14, 2017
It's easier to look and say in a picture, but in real time you can see Rashford was onside until the half circle and you can see Sancho slowing down a bit when reaching there. It's very hard to time when another player will slow down.Sancho using Mendy's awareness of Rashford to fake a pass, is of course very plausible.
Another thing that is very plausible is the fact that in the first image I posted (posted again below), you can clearly see that Sancho is looking directly at Rashford as the ball is about to enter the box, and at that point Rashford's foot was already inside the box - and therefore he was ahead of the ball and in an offside position.
It is not disputable that Rashford entered the box before the ball did.
So it could well be that Sancho was fully aware that Rashford was in front of the ball and offside - which ruled out Sancho being able to pass to him.
I think the shimmy and solo goal was always his plan, and looking at Rashford was only part of the faking.