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United 0-0 Chelsea. 3 Things We Learnt From The Clash With '3'

As we say in Naija parlance, it was ' a draw-draw' against our 'bad bale' rival Chelsea at Old Trafford today. 
In line with Chelsea's sponsor 'Three', here are three things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt today.
1. 'CUT-AND-NAIL' FIRST HALFThe first half was drab and there was a complete lack of creativity. It was just a 'cut and nail' approach although this was not a surprise considering the line up.Just as in the French capital Paris on Tuesday, French midfielder Pogba came on in the second half and added style and creativity to the game.
2. GOALKEEPERS For some unknown reasons, Premier league goalkeepers usually have their best games against United. Once goalkeepers see or hear Manchester United, even baskets will become brick walls!! As we say in Naija parlance, 'Mendy was just showing himself, flying upandan' as if he was told he will not get salary this week if United scored.
3. WAN-BISSAKA 'BUS STOP'Today, it did not matter where a…

Luton 0-3 United: 3 Things We Learnt As United Progressed In The Carabao Cup

Manchester United traveled to Luton town for the third round of the Carabao cup. It ended up as a routine win for Unted after struggles in the first half.
Here are three things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt:1. "JUST TRY YOUR BEST"
It is getting clearer that these words are the summary of United's tactics of play now. For the second game in a row this season, it appears that Olè simply chose the players and told them:  'try your best, and you shall find favour in front of goal" tactical input!!Maybe we are still in pre-season.2. LINGARD IS BACK!
Jesse 'Awilo' Lingard is back to being in the good books of Olè. The beloved one somehow managed to play 90 minutes, while Mata(probably the best player on the pitch) was dropped in the second half. In Naija parlance we would say "wetin Lingard give Olè chop"?3. BRUNO-RASHFORD-MASON
The trio came into the second half and helped to seal the victory for United by combining excellently for the last two goal…

United 1-3 Crystal Palace: 5 Things We Learnt From United's Opening Day Cry

"Ghen Ghen!", it has started- the 2020/21 season. Our dear Manchester United continued from the exact same spot they left off last season with a deserved Old Trafford defeat.
Here are 5 things we learnt from this opening day loss:
Victor Lindelof earned his first career assist hatrick as he gave away two 'plates' of assists to Crystal palace and added a chilled bottle of penalty to wash it down. It was a day to forget for the Swede as Zaha and Ayew kept turning him like 'eba' throughout the game.2. LIST OF NOISE MAKERS.
Manchester United fielded some players and some 'legs'. It appeared that they were there to make the stadium noisy since it was empty and quiet. James(Chief of them all), Rashford, McTominay and Lindelof. How McTominay made it to the starting XI while Fred was on the bench was a mystery.4. DONNY VAN DE BEEK
The new Dutchman made an instant impact after replacing Pogba in the second half with a calm finish to giv…

United 1-2 Sevilla: 3 Things We Learnt At Another Semifinal 'Bus stop'

Manchester United joined her sister Manchester club on the same flight out of Europe after suffering a déjà-vu defeat in the hands of Sevilla. 

Here are 3 things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this crash out:1. HOPING FOR A MIRACLEHow Olè watched United struggle for 85 minutes without a head way before making the first substitution was shocking. It felt like he was hoping for a miracle! Rashford had no business continuing into the second half and Ighalo had no business on the bench till the 93rd minute. No tactical change for 90 minutes!! Olè was a spectator tonight.2. THE ROMERO NEMESIS.Sergio 'Odeshi' Romero has never disappointed United. Why Olè keeps dropping him at crucial stages of the cup competitions is baffling. The same goalkeeper who has played an entire Europa league campaign up to the final and won it, was dropped for a semi-final. 'Maka' why??. It appears that each time he is dropped, it backfires. As it was against Chelsea, so it happened against Sevilla. 3.…

United 2-1 LASK(Agg 7-1): 3 Things We Learnt As United Booked a Semifinal Spot.

Manchester United progressed into the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa league after beating LASK at Old Trafford, setting up a clash with FC Copenhagen. 

Here a 3 things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from the clash at Old Trafford:
1. MATA= FANTA + ALOMO BITTERS Juan 'Bankole' Mata had a good and bad game last night. Most times, he was the only player on the pitch who looked capable of creating something but his final balls were awful back to back especially in the first half.
He however made up with the 2 assists for the 2 goals of the night.....fulfilling his name 'Bankole'. 
2. FRUSTRATED IGHALO Our own Odion Ighalo was consistently frustrated last night by the Mata-Lingard-James trio playing behind him. Creativity was zero. 

Their combination to create a goal was like a Naija man attempting to make eba with ice block and garri!!
3. THE WORST OF JAMES Daniel 'Osondu' James continued his decline in form and confidence against LASK. He was at his lowest ebb last night as he ma…

Leicester 0-2 United: 5 Things We Learnt As United Secured A Champions League Spot

'Las las', as we say in Naija, Manchester United qualified for the UEFA champions league by coming third in the league despite being 15 points behind in January.

Here are 5 things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this victory:

Luke Shaw's absence has surprisingly caused a huge imbalance to the team. Brandon William's has struggled and Rashford's poor form has become even more obvious.

Today as  in the last two games, United's left side was completely 'paralysed'.

Our 'jollof' defender put up another solid performance today in the heart of the defence. He won 100% of his tackles and aerial duels and completed 80% of his passes.

His crucial interceptions ensured Jamie Vardy did not do his usual scoring against United.

Bruno 'Oliseh' Fernandes continued to show signs of fatigue. Today, it was obvious for the blind to see. The Portuguese magician was playing with his …

Leicester City vs Manchester United: EPL 'Last Fight' Preview

Following United's disappointing 1-1 draw against former manager, Oga 'Davido' Moyes, the Red Devils are set to take on the 'fast and furious' Leicester City for the 'last fight' of the EPL 2019/2020 campaign.

Here's all you need to know about the clash
MATCH INFO Date: Sunday 26 July 2020

Kick-off: 15.00 GMT (4pm Naija time)
Venue: King Power Stadium
Competition: English Premier League
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Previous PL Clashes: 27, Man Utd Wins = 18, Leicester City wins= 2, Draws= 7.
Last time we met: A 1-0 Premier League victory at Old Trafford which saw Dr. Marcus 'Rashidi-Yekini' seal all three points with a well taken penalty.
                 DID YOU KNOW?
1. A draw would be enough to cement United's place in the Champions League next season. (May Ole's army cement and paint their place with a win)
2. If Harry 'Okute' Maguire starts the game, he will be the first outfield player since Gary Pallister (1994-95) to start …

United 1-1 West Ham: 3 Things We Learnt As United Slipped But Progressed

Manchester United failed to win for the third consecutive game as they continued the battle for a top-4 spot with West Ham United.

Here are 3 things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from the draw at Old Trafford:
The game tonight lacked bite and pace for most of it. Passes were often casual, runs were lacking and United didnt look hungry for the ball.
Apart from the first few minutes of the first half and the last 10 minutes of the game, United played at a very fast 'keke-na-pep' speed.
It seems Paul 'Ikenna' Pogba decided to teach David De Gea how to be a good goalkeeper today. He made a great save out of Noble's free-kick in the first half which resulted in the penalty and goal.

Who knows, maybe he didnt trust De Gea enough to save it.  Though it seemed like he was trying to save his face from the shot, it was a costly move!!
Our 'Shakiti-bobo', Mason 'Bazuka' Gr…

Chelsea 3-1 United: 3 Matters Arising As United Saw Red In The Hands Of The Blues

Despite beating Chelsea three times previously this season, Lampard's boys had the last laugh as United were given an FA cup red card.

Here are three matters arising from this FA cup exit.

1. 'MAKA' WHY?
Sergio Romero, our 'power bank' goalkeeper has been the FA cup guy and has been fantastic. How and why Olè chose to drop him today is a mystery.

Like a bad omen, De Gea had arguably his worst performance in a United shirt as he was 'chopping goals like akara'. All we can ask is "maka why?"

An FA cup semi-final against Chelsea is not 'yam and beans'as we say in Naija parlance. Olè's experimental squad today was a shocker.

Daniel 'Osondu' James has been poor. Did Olè suddenly expect him to become fantastic today? Why experiment with James in a crucial clash like this? He did not disappoint as he contributed nothing to the attack, not even his pace. Olè BUT WHY?

If the plan was to start wit…

Crystal Palace 0-2 United: Five(5) Things we Learnt as United Broke Crystal Palace

In their quest for a top four position, United invaded Crystal Palace and came out on top with a 2-0 win, thanks to FANTA-bulous goals from Marcus 'Rashidi-Yekini' and Anthony 'Ikechukwu' Martial.

Here are five things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from the clash.

With United crying for a breakthrough in the match today, Marcus Rashidi-Yekini stepped up to the occasion and 'washed' his newly acquired honorary doctorate degree with a performance of class.

Upon receiving the ball swiftly from Bruno 'Oliseh' Fernandes, Dr. 'Rashidi-Yekini' sent the defenders to go and buy Lacasera and gala, and the keeper to go and photocopy handouts before slotting the ball into the back of the net for the opener. He also added 'shaki' to his peppersoup performance with an assist for Martial's winner. #ManUtdNaijaFM's man of the match.👏🏾

Despite the assist today for Rashford's goal, Bruno Oliseh Fe…

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Match Info and Gists

Following the 2-2 'gallop' in United's top four race encountered against Southampton, the Red Devils are set to continue their quest for a Champions League spot with a match against Crystal Palace on the cards.

Here's all you need to know about the clash
Date: Thursday 16 July 2020
Kick-off: 19.15 GMT (8.15pm Naija time)
Venue: Selhurst Park
Competition: English Premier League
Referee: Graham Scott
Previous PL Clashes: 21, Man Utd Wins = 16, Crystal Palace wins= 1, Draws= 4.
Last time we met: A Premier League clash at Old Trafford which saw the eagles condemn United to a 2-1 defeat; their first of the 2019/2020 campaign.
1. Crystal Palace's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in August ended a run of 22 top flight games against United without a win - they now seek to complete a first ever league double over the Red Devils.
2. United have won just one of their last five Premier League games in London (D1, L3), with the sole win coming against 'bad b…

United 2-2 Southampton: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

With Manchester United up against Southampton, Chelsea and Leicester in one night, it was no surprise that climbing to 3rd on the EPL table tonight was 'Mission impossible'.

Here are three things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from the heartbreak:
Martial and Rashford gave one of their finest performances as a pair tonight. Rashford who had been poor since return from injury played his best game today.

Martial's hold up play and assist for Rashford's goal as well as his own 'bullet goal' were fantabulous. It was his 50th Premier league goal. Kudos to him.
Paul 'Ikenna' Pogba started the game on a sloppy note and was responsible for the first goal. He made up for it though, being involved in the set up of both goals. He had to come off.
Mason 'Bazuka' Greenwood was not given any space to load his 'bazuka' not to talk of shooting any shot! Southampton came for the young lad and locked him with a rusted padlock.
3. ...AND T…


Manchester United will welcome Southampton to Old Trafford for a 'Monday Night Raw' football clash. The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw


Date:  13/07/2020

Kick-off: 19.00 GMT(8PM Naija Time)

Venue: Old Trafford

Competition: English Premier League

Center Referee: Chris Kavanagh.

Did You Know?

1. Manchester United have never won any match officiated by Chris Kavanagh. We have lost two and drawn one from the 3 previous games he has officiated. (We 'bind and cast' any bad-bele referee from Old Trafford)

2. Manchester United have won just two of their last six games against Southampton at Old Trafford......As we say in Naija parlance, "the play don reach". Its time to do the needful.

3. Manchester United have won 13 penalties this season. No team has won more penalties in a single season in the history of the Premier league. Only Crystal Palace and Leicester have had 13 in 2004/05 and 2015/16 respectively.
(We wouldn't mind another one on Monday n…

Aston Villa 0-3 United: 5 Things We Learnt As United Locked Down Villa Park.

Manchester United paid a courtesy visit to Villa Park and locked it down with three goals from Fernandes, Greenwood and Pogba.

Here are five things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from the stroll in the park:

United's 'Shakiti-bobo', Mason 'Bazuka' Greenwood was on target again with another 'bazuka' shot into the back of Pepe Reina's goal.

It was his second on target as his first was luckily parried off. He now has 9 premier league goals and 16 in total this season. A wonder kid indeed.

The 'embarraser-in-chief' of right backs and goalkeepers has been a new man for United in recent weeks. His attitude and hunger for  goals has been fantastic. In Naija parlance we say " e don de hustle ball".

His anger when he was substituted was interesting to see. Martial is no longer content with just a good game without scoring. That's the spirit of a true No9!!

The 'sw…


Following United's 'Five-Chester United' display, which saw the Red Devils set Bournemouth ablaze with a 5-2 victory, the Red Devils are set to return to their top four race with a match against Aston Villa on the cards.

Here's all you need to know about the clash

MATCH INFO Date: Thursday 9 July 2020

Kick-off: 19.15 GMT (8.15pm Naija time)

Venue: Villa Park

Competition: English Premier League

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Previous PL Clashes: 49, Man Utd Wins = 34, Aston Villa wins= 3, Draws= 12.

Last time we met: A Premier League clash at Old Trafford earlier in the season, which ended in a 2-2 'okro' result.

                 DID YOU KNOW?
1. If United win by a margin of 3+ goals, they would become the first team in Premier League history to win four consecutive matches by a margin of 3+ goals.

2. Aston Villas's 2-0 defeat at Liverpool was the 20th time that the Villans had shipped in two or more goals in an EPL game - no side has done so more often (level with …

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