Not for Pjanic the drudgery of a 40-yard screamer or even a David Beckham-style shot from halfway.
No, the Bosnian was fully 10 yards inside his own half when he spotted goalkeeper Ben Amos off his line.
The shot that followed was powerful and perfectly weighted, dropping over Amos into the top of the United goal.
What made him strike the ball so confidently and instinctively?
Well, perhaps he owes it all to the Denver Broncos? Roma used the NFL team’s practice facilities before facing United on their US tour, and Pjanic decided to pass the time by attempting 50-yard field goals.
How did he get on? Have a guess.
— Sivan John (@SivanJohn) July 27, 2014
United beat Roma 3-2 in the pre-season game, but all the post-match talk was about Pjanic’s exquisite finish – and quite rightly so.
On a night of brilliant goals in pre-season games, Gareth Bale smashed in a 25-yarder for Real Madrid against Inter Milan, while Robert Lewandowski scored a delightful chip for Bayern Munich.
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