Dimitar Berbatov’s penalty for Manchester United v Everton was “the worst penalty taken by an international footballer”

With the second FA Cup semi-final failing to hit the heights, attention has once again turned to the penalty shoot-out.

After a season which has split many fans and pundits, Dimitar Berbatov took a particularly woeful penalty when he stepped up for Manchester United’s first spot kick yesterday after Tim Cahill had blazed over.

Speaking on ITV, Joe Royle described the Bulgarian’s effort as “the worst penalty I have ever seen by an international footballer.”

(Analysis from ITV on the game and Royle’s verdict on the Berbatov penalty can be seen here.)

Following the match, Berbatov was asked by an interviewer about his “unusual” penalty, which seemed to irk the former Bayer Leverkusen and Spurs striker. Berbatov’s explanation of his miss can be seen here.

The Bulgarian simply explained: “I was looking for the goalkeeper and in the last moment he took the angle I was going for, so he saved it.”

Dimitar Berbatov’s woeful penalty miss can be seen at 0.30 on this video.