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Watch: Ali Al-Habsi Commits Bizarre And Cataclysmic Howler And Gifts United A Goal

Watch: Ali Al-Habsi Commits Bizarre And Cataclysmic Howler And Gifts United A Goal
By Gavan Casey Updated

Yesterday, Ali Al-Habsi signed a contract extension with Reading which will keep him at the club until 2019.

Today, he produced one of the most outrageous goalkeeping blunders we've seen in some time, and gifted Marcus Rashford a goal - Manchester United's fourth - on a difficult day for the Royals at Old Trafford.

There seemed to be no danger whatsoever when Liam Moore nonchalantly knocked the ball back towards his goalkeeper, and even with an advancing Marcus Rashford bearing down on Al-Habsi, the Omani goalkeeper had significant time and space to make a clearance.

Instead, he earned himself a cheery chorus of "What the f*****g hell was that?" from United fans, as his standing right foot nudged the ball beyond his flailing left, and Rashford waltzed past him to smash the ball home from, well, centimetres out.

You'll have heard the phrase 'comedy of errors' applied to defensive mishaps in the past, but rarely does one single player pull an entire comedy of errors out of the bag. It was both excruciating and glorious to watch. Even Reading manager Jaap Stam seemed to find it difficult not to laugh.

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