Manchester United, on the back of a two week break, are entering in to a very busy period of football.
In fact calling it busy is a massive understatement, just like underestimating the service the "I better pass my neighbour" generator has rendered to the 'Naija' populace over the years.
It was a hectic month of MARCH for Manchester united- a month of mixed feelings. United "MARCHED" out of the FA cup at the hands of bad 'bele' rivals Chelsea. However, in the same month, United "MARCHED" out of the infamous 6th position after spending over a 100 days in 'office'.
United also "MARCHED" into the quarter final of the Europa league (our "backyard door" to champions league next season) after beating the Russian 'Mafias' , FC Rostov.
The club finally put forward a trio of warriors who were involved in the MARCH battles for Player of the month award.
The powerful and rugged Argentine was rock solid this month, adapting so well to Mourinho's new 3-4-3 formation, and was rewarded with his 1st ever premier league goal against Bournemouth. He was also rewarded with "Ogede"-Banana on the pitch this month.
The versatile winger was key for United following the loss of several …
Oh how I hate international breaks. They starve fans of football - filled weekends and force us to surrender remote controls all over the world to 'Papa Ajasco' and 'Telemundo' fans.
To add insult to injury, there is hardly an international break that goes by without key players returning with injuries.
1. LINGARD IS NOT JUST AN 'AWILO' DANCER.
Jesse Lingard proved today that his only duty at United is not to dance "Awilo" when Pogba scores. Brilliant performance, creative, full of pace and determination. Arguably his best performance in a United shirt, capped with that brilliant goal, his first league goal in 13months. Man of the match.
Manchester United defeated FC Rostov to completely secure their place in the last 8 of the Europa league yesterday. This was done by the means of a solitary Juan Mata goal, to keep the aggregate score at 2-1
1. IS MOURINHO DOING A CONTE?
The boss set up with a 3-4-2-1 formation today, retaining his back 3 formation similar to his latest arch rival and Successor, Antonio Conte. This was totally unexpected. The lads however looked comfortable. Is this the dawn of a new formation in United?
2. VACANCY AT OLD TRAFFORD
United is in urgent need of a deputy goal scorer. The team's over-dependance on Zlatan for goals is becoming scary. A beautiful and fluid display today was almost ruined by the 'Goal Recession'. Panic had started setting in until Juan Mata 'Okeke' came to the rescue.....assisted "Coke-astically" by Zlatan.
3. MOU NOW REALIZES THAT ROJO IS A TERRIBLE LEFT-BACK
Rojo has constantly pressed the 'vex button' of fans whenever he played as a left back for United. His best performances in contrast, have come from the centre back position. I guess his boss now REALIZES, as he opted to play JONES there after Blind was subbed off
1. A DISPLAY TO BE PROUD OF.
United may have lost, but indeed the Never-say-die attitude of the boys was fantastic. United came as the disadvantaged side and despite further going 1-man down, fought the good fight of "faith".
2. MICHAEL OLIVER WAS THE MAN-OF-THE-MATCH.
The cute-looking ref famous for showing red cards to the reds, spoilt a beautiful game game of football. With it without the red card, Chelsea may have won, but that was simply adding stew to "Jollof rice".
3. MOU CAME WITH WITH A TRUCK LOAD OF DEFENDERS.
Understanding his disadvantaged position, Mou set up with with a 5-3-2 formation, using Ashley Young to switch to a 6-3-1 when defending. Most of the players especially Mikhi struggled to cope with the new formation.
4. DE GEA, SAVING UNITED SINCE 1800
Once gain, the young Spaniard had his magnet gloves on, making crucial saves which kept United in the game. Pity, it didn't count in the end. He was amazing again......Valencia and Rojo also de…
The unprecedented has happened. Manchester United has been hit with the worst injury crisis of the season, less than 24 hours to the quarter final match with 'bad bele' rivals Chelsea.
With our talk-na-do striker , Pa Zlatan " Ekwueme " Ibrahimovic ruled out following his 3-Match ban, all the other striker options in the team have also been ruled out.
Anthony Martial and 'wizkid' Rashford have been ruled out with illness, while the 250-goal legend, Wayne Rooney has been ruled out with injury. And so, United travel to Stamford Bridge without a recognized striker.
Mourinho thus has a selection headache: Who should be his make-shift striker? Is it over for Manchester United?
In the days of 'monkey post' football in Naija, people like Daley Blind are said to have "Ball sense". Happy birthday to one of the most intelligent footballers @ old trafford.
Let's Pop Rostov as our champagne today.
Jose "Uchenna" Mourinho held his customary pre-match press conference in honour of United's match against FC Rostov in the Europa league round of 16 on Thursday.
Some negative news arose quite late however, as Mourinho confirmed upon thorough inspection with his assistant, that the pitch where the match is to hold looks like a place where APC/PDP rally just took place. This implies an
1. SQUANDERED CHANCES. What shall it profit a team if she has all the chances, and refuses to put the ball behind the net? Why do we always throw way every chance to climb up the EPL table? United started