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United 4-1 Bournemouth: 5 Things We Learnt As United Burnt Bournemouth

Despite the turbulent year for Manchester United, 2018 ended on a super high as new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became only the 3rd manager in Manchester United history to win his first 3 games.

Here are five things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from the last game of 2018:
1. ''POGBA IS A VIRUS''
The 'Swaggerful' midfielder had been labelled a 'Virus' in the team, earlier this month. Indeed he is now showing that he is a virus, destroying opponents without mercy.

He has scored 4 goals and made 4 assists in the last 3 games. He was denied a hatrick today by Asmir Begovic and the cross bar. A true 'Virus'!!
2. 'ELECTION' WILL BE TOUGH.
United have scored 41 goals in total this season with 12 goals in the last 3 games alone!!
Before now, fans had only 4-5 goals to choose from every month to vote as goal of the month. Now we already have 12 goals scored by 7 players to choose from.  Voting for goal of the month and player of the month of December …

CONFIRMED UNITED STARTING LINE-UP VS BOURNEMOUTH

Ole's starting XI for the last match of 2018 is out.
Some squad rotation as expected. 
Subs: Romero, Darmian, Phil Jones, Pereira, Mata, Fellaini, Lukaku.

Stay tuned to #ManUtdNaijaFM for post-match analysis.



GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED.

PREDICTED LINE-UP vs BOURNEMOUTH AMID OLE'S LATEST TEAM UPDATE

Manchester United are set to close put a final full stop to their 2018 with a clash against Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side. The Cherries started the season brightly, but a run of poor form has seen them lose matches consecutively, including a 5-0 lashing by Tottenham.

In line with customs and traditions, Ole Gunnar Solsjaer delivered the latest team news alongside injury updates in his Friday press conference.
From all indications, it appears the boss is set to rotate his squad once again, with focus on the attack due to the apparent return of Alexis Sanchez from injury, Romelu Lukaku from his compassionate leave, and Anthony Martial who missed the chance to punch Huddersfield on boxing day due to food poisoning from his Christmas Rice.
The boss also revealed that he expects Scott McTominay and Marcos Rojo to return to first team action soon, with Chris Smalling not expected anytime before United's clash against Tottenham on January 13.
With all these in mind, here's how…

MANCHESTER UNITED vs BOURNEMOUTH: MATCH INFO AND GISTS

Following their boxing day clash which saw the Red Devils 'swaggerliciously' jump past the Huddersfield hurdle with a 3-1 win, Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer's men are set to take on Bournemouth for their last Premier League game of 2018.


Here's all you need to know about this clash.👇
MATCH INFO
Date:  Sunday 30th December 2018
Kick-off: 16.30 GMT (5.30pm Naija time).
Venue: Old Trafford
Competition: English Premier League
Referee: Lee Mason
Previous clashes: Total - 15; Man Utd wins - 10, Bournemouth wins - 2, Draws - 3
DID YOU KNOW?
1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to be the become only the third Manchester United manager to win his first 3 league games in charge of the club after Matt Busby and José Mourinho.

2. Romelu Lukaku has scored 7 goals in just 6 appearances against Bournemouth, including 6 in the last 3 against The Cherries....(We hope this is the perfect platform to launch his 'push-and-start' season).
3. Bournemouth have never beaten Manchester at Old …

United 3-1 Huddersfield: 5 Things We Learnt As United 'Hushed' Huddersfield.

Stepping out on the Old Trafford turf this evening, United's new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led his team against Huddersfield for a boxing day clash.


With 3 changes made to the team that thrashed Cardiff, here are five things ManUtdNaijaFM learnt after 90 minutes today:


1. WHERE ARE THE BAD BOYS?
Before now, complaints of 'Poor attitude', 'Players hiding', 'Players are not giving 100%', etc etc filled the air.


 Watching the last two games, one cannot help but ask," Where are the bad boys with the bad attitude"? Where they sacked too?

Special Kudos to Juan Mata for that "Go-and-buy -Gala-for-me" pass that he gave to create Pogba's first goal.

2. FATHER CHRISTMAS
United have now had 6 goal scorers in 2 games. With Matic answering 'Present sir' on that goal scorers list, it appears the goals are being shared like gifts from Father Christmas.


At this rate, De Gea will score a goal before the season ends.

3. REBORN PAUL 'IKENNA&#…

CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED STARTING XI vs HUDDERSFIELD

The team sheets are out! The lineup sees Ole Gunnar Solsjaer make three changes to the side that mesmerised Cardiff City in United's last clash, with a key attacking star missing entirely from the lineup.



Will this team pick up from where United left off?
We'll find out soon enough.
Stay tuned to ManUtdNaijaFM for post match analysis.


GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED.

United vs Huddersfied: MATCH INFO AND GIST

Manchester United and will host Huddersfield for the 2018  boxing day clash.  It will be the 1st home game for new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who got United to a flying 5-star performance against Cardiff.

Here's all you need to know about this boxing day fixture:
MATCH INFO
Date:  Wednesday 26th December 2018
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT (4pm Naija time)
Venue: Old Trafford
Competition: English Premier League
Did You Know?
1. Manchester United have not lost a boxing day league game at home since 1978/79 season.


2. United are currently 6th on the EPL table. Under 'Igwe' Alex Ferguson, United were never outside the top five on Christmas day....We hope we can return to the glory days again.
3. Huddersfield are hoping to have their 1st away win against Manchester United since September 1930.....'Tufiakwa'! They shall not have it.
OPINION POLL:
Predict the scoreline for this clash






GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED.

Cardiff 1-5 United: 5 Things We Learnt From The 5-Star Victory .

Cardiff city played host to a new and refreshed Manchester United side led by Sir Alex Ferguson's super-sub and  baby-faced assassin, Ole Gunar Solskjaer.


Here are five things ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this this five-star victory.

1.....LONG TIME NO SEE
For the first time in a long time, United had 75% possession, outran her opponents, and scored three goals in 1st half.

More interestingly, the last time United scored 5 goals in the Premier league was in Sir Alex Ferguson's final match against West Brom....Indeed, Long time no see!!

2. FREEDOM AT LAST
Watching Martial, Lingard, Rashford, and Pogba, it was obvious to see that the boys had been given license to express themselves and rattle the opponents.


Little wonder, there were 17 goal attempts with 9 shots on target.

3. TRAINING HAS CHANGED
It was crystal clear that during the week, the team did not focus on the abilities of Cardiff. Rather they focused on their weaknesses which were maximally exploited today.

That's the w…

Confirmed Manchester United Starting XI vs Cardiff City

And it's out! Ole Gunnar Solsjaer first ever starting XI is here. Check out the players who make up the starting XI and bench.



What are your expectations for Ole's first game in charge?
Stay tuned to ManUtdNaijaFM for post match analysis.

GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED...OLUWA IS INVOLVED.

895 DAYS: FROM JOSÈ 'UCHENNA' TO JOSÈ 'AMAKA' MOURINHO.

It has finally happened, "e Don happen" as we say in Naija. After 895 days in charge, José Felix Mourinho has been shown the exit door by Manchester United FC. The official statement regarding the Portuguese's sack was released by United on Tuesday morning.

Following his announcement as United manager in 2015, the boss quickly won over many United hearts with the signings of 'prodigal son'  Paul Pogba and 'talk-na-do' striker, Zlatan Ekwueme Ibrahimovic.
With some smart moves to concentrate efforts on winning silverware for United, which turned out successful as he won the Carling Cup and Europa League, the Special one was duly nicknamed José 'Uchenna' Mourinho by ManUtdNaijaFM.

The ex-Chelsea man followed up his double winning season with a 2nd placed finish in the Premier League, being denied an FA cup trophy by former team Chelsea, who used his 'park the bus' tactic against him to full effect to seal a 1-0 win at Wembley.
Along came th…

Liverpool 3-1 United: 5 Matters Arising From The Defeat At Anfield

After 5 years, 3 months and 15 days, Liverpool finally beat Manchester United at Anfield in the Premier League in a very embarrasing manner with another 3-1 scoreline (Like Manchester city).


Here are 5 matters arising from this Defeat at Anfield.
1. LIVERPOOL 6-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
Though it ended 3-1, it felt like 6-0 as United were 6 times less than Liverpool in various stats.
Liverpool had 6 times more shots in total (36 vs 6), 6 times more shots on target (12 vs 2) and 6 times more corner kicks (13 vs 2).
2. 'EKENE-DILI-CHUKWU' BUS
As expected, Josè played the park-the-bus formation against Liverpool. It was a very big Coaster bus the bus broke down as Liverpool kept knocking on the door of United's defence.
Interestingly, apart from Allison the goal keeper, every Liverpool player had a shot against Manchester United today.
3. FATHER CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MANÈ
Before today, Sadio Manè had gone 8 matches  without a goal.
In the Spirit of Santa Claus, Manchester United gif…

CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED STARTING XI vs LIVERPOOL

This 'kyn' lineup against Liverpool, take a good glance at the bench. Long story short...Surprises are never far from José Mourinho.


Will Manchester United survive this?
We'll find out soon enough.
Stay tuned to ManUtdNaijaFM for post match analysis...

GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED...OLUWA IS INVOLVED.

CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED STARTING XI vs VALENCIA

The team sheets are out. Check out the exciting team José has put forward to see out UniyedsU last group stage game against Valencia.

Can this squad deliver a win to see United finish their UCL group stage campaign with a 100% win ratio away from home? We'll find out soon enough.
Stay tuned to ManUtdNaijaFM for post match analysis.


GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED.

VALENCIA vs MANCHESTER UNITED: MATCH INFO AND GISTS

Following the Red Devils' 'four-chester' United performance at the weekend which saw them beat Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford, José Mourinho is set to take his side to Spain where they will face Valencia for their last UEFA Champions League group stage game.


Here's all you need to know about this clash.👇

MATCH INFO
Date:  Wednesday 12th December 2018

Kick-off: 20.00 GMT (9.00pm Naija time).

Venue: Mestalla

Competition: UEFA Champions League

Previous clashes: Total - 8; Man Utd wins - 2, Valencia wins - 1, Draws - 5

DID YOU KNOW?
1. Valencia have failed to score in six of their last 8 games in the Champions League....Hope the 'shaky shaky daddies' in our defence will not decide to do Father Christmas for them.




2. A win against Valencia will see Manchester United win all of their three away games of the group stage, for the first time since doing it consecutively in the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 seasons.

3. Paul 'Ikenna' Pogba has been directly involved in thre…

United 4-1 Fulham: 5 Things We Learnt As United Hammered Fulham.

Manchester United hosted Fulham at Old Trafford for a Premier league clash. It turned out to be an unexpected 'four-chester' display as United attacked Fulham like they stole something from them.


Here are five things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this clash:
1. MATA @ 50!
Today, Juan 'Bankole' Mata made his 150th EPL appearance for United, scored his 50th EPL goal and gave his 50th EPL assist!!!

In addition, he became the 5th Spanish player to score 50 EPL goals. What a milestone for Mata!!
2. JUST 3 MINUTES MORE
Prior to Lukaku's goal today, he had played 997 minutes without scoring a goal at Old Trafford. He was just 3 minutes away from hitting 1000 minutes when Mata's assist came through which he gratefully tapped in.


We can only thank God he did not hit 1000. That would have been some record for a United Striker.
3. 'OLD' ASHLEY YOUNG
Ashley Young gave a performance today reminiscent of his younger days as a left winger. He constantly provided an attac…

CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED STARTING XI vs FULHAM

The team sheets are out. The lineup sees Jose Mourinho make four changes to the side that shared the spoils in the midweek draw against Arsenal.


Stay tuned to ManUtdNaijaFM for post match analysis...


GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED.

MANCHESTER UNITED vs FULHAM: MATCH INFO AND GISTS

Following their third consecutive Premier League 'okro' result which saw them share the spoils with high flying Arsenal in midweek, the Red Devils are set to welcome Claudio Ranieri's Fulham for their next league meeting.


Here's all you need to know about this clash.👇
  MATCH INFO
Date:  Saturday 8th December 2018
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT (4pm Naija time).
Venue: Old Trafford
Competition: English Premier League
Referee: Lee Probert
Previous PL clashes: Total - 26; Man Utd wins - 48, Fulham wins - 3, Draws - 5
DID YOU KNOW?
1. United have made 46 changes to their starting XI this season, including seven in their midweek draw with Arsenal - more than any other PL side....('Kolomental' everywhere. How did we get there?)




2. Man Utd have won 21 of their last 23 home matches against Fulham in all competitions, with their only defeat in this sequence coming in the PL in October 2003.

3. Fulham have not won any of their last 10 Premier League away games (D1 L9), losing the…

United 2-2 Arsenal: Five Things We Learnt

Manchester United welcomed old time foes Arsenal to Old Trafford. It became a 'Score me I score you' encounter as United came from behind twice, thanks to goals from Martial and Lingard.


These are five things ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this clash.
1. A BIRTHDAY OF MIXED FEELINGS.
Anthony 'Ikechukwu' Martial turned 23 yesterday and got a goal to celebrate it. It was a great feeling.
However he limped off injured in what looked like a hamstring injury, which smeared his almost perfect birthday.
2. SOME CAME TO PLAY, OTHERS TO PRAY.
Looking at the line-up of both teams and the style of play thereafter, their plans were crystal clear.
Arsenal came thinking of how to crush United, while United came to defend and pray against all Arsenal 'principalities and powers'.
3. DIOGO DALOT
The new signing got a rare start at right back got a rare start at right back. He looked tidy for most of the game. However, he needs to be quicker in decision making.
On more than one occ…

MANCHESTER UNITED vs ARSENAL: MATCH INFO AND GISTS

Following another unsurprising 'Amaka' United performance which saw the Red Devils drop 2 points in the second consecutive game against a team outside the EPL top 10, José Mourinho is set to take his United team to face an Emery-led merry Arsenal team.


Here's all you need to know about this clash.👇
MATCH INFO
Date:  Wednesday 5th December 2018
Kick-off: 20.00 GMT (9pm Naija time).
Venue: Old Trafford
Competition: English Premier League
Previous PL clashes: Total - 52; Man Utd wins - 24, Arsenal wins - 13, Draws - 15
Last time we met: A 2-1 victory for United in Arsene 'Mugabe' Wenger's last clash against the Red Devils.
DID YOU KNOW?
1. Manchester are unbeaten in their last 11 home games against Arsenal (W8, D3), their last defeat coming in September 2006....We hope the 'marriage' will continue to blossom in this direction.



2. José Mourinho has never lost to Unai Emery in all their 5 meetings (W4 D1, all in La Liga).
3. Manchester United have conceded …

Southampton 2-2 United: 5 Things We Learnt As United Slumped Again

Manchester United once again displayed another 'Amaka' performance at the St Mary Stadium as they dropped a 2nd consecutive 2 points.


Here are 5 things we learnt from the 'Ogbolo soup' (draw):

1. NO SURPRISES 
United's line-up was today was the most shocking ever. One wasn't sure whether it was 4-4-2 or 3-5-2. Infact, it looked more like 1-7-2 as Phil 'Osaze Jones was the only central defender on the pitch.

No surprises therefore  that before any body could say "Eze goes to school", we were 2 goals behind.

2. RELIEF FOR LUKAKU
After going about a dozen games without a goal, Romelu 'Timaya' Lukaku finally got a goal. He played the shot like he was hoping the referee would count it as 2 goals for him.


Despite the goal, his game was poor. It appears his 1st touch is getting worse. United may have to employ Berbatov to give him tutorials on 'Ball control 101'.

3. OUTCAST
With Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof out injured, no one ever t…

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