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At last, it has happened. Anthony 'Ikechukwu' Martial, the 'Embarraser-in-chief' of right backs, has signed a new contract to keep him at the club till June 2024. Martial joined Manchester United as a teenager during the reign of 'Oga Philosophy', Louis Van Gaal, from AS Monaco. Now aged 23, he has made 162 appearances and scored 46 goals since making his debut for the club against Liverpool in September 2015. Anthony Martial said: “I am loving my time at this club.  From the day I joined I have been made to feel part of the United family and I have been incredibly humbled and overwhelmed by the warmth and love of our fans, who continue to amaze me with their support. “I would like to thank Ole and his coaching staff for their belief in me and for helping me to take my game to the next level.  This club is all about winning trophies and I am sure the next piece of silverware is not that far away.” After weeks of intense spec

United 2-2 Burnley:5 Things We Learnt As United Snatched A Point.

It was a Never-say-die performance as Manchester United came back from a 2-0 deficit to deny Burnley a 1st win in Old Trafford since 1962.  Two goals in five minutes from Lindelof and Pogba saved a point for United. Here are five things ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this Fergie-time draw. 1. NOT RASHFORD'S DAY . United's number 10 who has been in fine form had a tough time trying to break down Burnley's defence. He missed a glorious chance in the 1st half which would have changed the course of the game. It wasn't his day as all his goal attempts met a brick wall called Tom Heaton, the Burnley goal keeper. 2. A DAY TO FORGET FOR PERREIRA. The young Brazilian was given his first start in 6 months in place of Ander Herrera. He started off brightly, keeping it simple and stabilizing the midfield. Things however went sour in one minute of indecision which saw him lose the ball in a dangerous position, leading to the 1st goal...We hope t


The team sheets are out. Check out the tear rubber attack Ole 'Ugonna' Solskjaer has decided to put up to face Burnley. Click image for HD view Stay tuned to ManUtdNaijaFM for post match analysis....   GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED.

Predicted Starting XI To Face Burnley After Ole's Latest Team Update

Manchester United are set to resume their "operation-we-must-enter-top-four-by-fire-by-force" duties on Tuesday, with a clash against Sean Dyche's Burnley on the cards. The Red Devils enter the clash in high spirits, after dumping Arsenal out of the FA Cup on Friday, thanks to goals from Sanchez, Lingard and Martial as well as a man of the match performance from Romelu Lukaku. In line with customs and traditions of the land, Ole 'Ugonna' Solskjaer addressed the press at the AON complex, giving out the latest team news alongside injury updates with respect to United's next clash. As it stands, the absentee list is still being headed by Fellaini, with Marcos Rojo still understood to be unavailable. "Chris has trained for a week now, so he’s looking good,” Solskjaer told MUTV. “It’s about when do we get him into the team.” Solskjaer believes it is easy to rotate the forwards at his disposal at the moment because the schedule is such a b


Following their eighth win in eight games which saw them dump merry Arsenal out of the FA Cup, the Red Devils are set to welcome Sean Dyche's Burnley side for their next match up of the season. Here's all you need to know about this clash.👇 MATCH INFO Date: Tuesday 29 January 2019 Kick-off: 20.00 GMT (9.00pm Naija time) Venue: Old Trafford Competition: English Premier League Previous PL Clashes:9, Man Utd Wins =5, Burnley wins=1, Draws=3. Last time we met: A Premier League match-up earlier in the season which saw United stroll out of Turf Moor with a 2-0 win, thanks to a brace from Romelu 'Timaya' Lukaku. DID YOU KNOW? 1. Manchester United have a higher win rate in games played on Tuesdays (62.5%) than any other side in Premier League history, winning 30 of 48 of such encounters. (May the Tuesday anointing continue to flow in this new Ole ministry) 2. Tuesday is the only day of the week on which Burnley manager Sean

Why Chelsea's EFL Cup Win Over Tottenham Is A Blow For Solskjaer

Tottenham's defeat against Chelsea was bad news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United 's hierarchy will have been impressed with Mauricio Pochettino's humility in defeat, says former Arsenal player and Skysports pundit, Paul Merson. Spurs let another opportunity to win silverware painfully slip away from them at Stamford Bridge on Thursday when they lost on penalties to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final. Pochettino, despite having Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son unavailable, did not look for excuses for the defeat, which will have been noted by the United hierarchy, according to Merson. "Tottenham's defeat at Chelsea doesn't help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer," he told Sky Sports. "Manchester United will have been watching from a distance and yet again he showed he's a class act in defeat. How many managers do you see moaning about how unlucky they were to lose on penalties? Pochettino was gracious. "Oth

Arsenal 1-3 United: 5 Things We Learnt As United Dumped Arsenal

It was the biggest 'exam' so far for Solskjaer, as United went away to the Emirates for the 4th round FA cup clash. The ex baby-faced assassin came out with a distinction as United thrashed Arsenal 3-1 in style. Here are 5 things ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this clash: 1. GOOD DAY AT THE OFFICE. Romelu 'Timaya' Lukaku and Alexis 'Balogun' Sanchez were given a start in the attack and they were brilliant. Romelu became a  goal 'importer and exporter' as he provided 2 beautiful assists for Lingard and Alexis. Alexis on the other hand scored a 'Malta-Guinness-I-feel-good' goal at his former ground!.....Great day at the office indeed. 2. THE OLD SCHOOL United scored two traditional counter attack goals very well known in the old Manchester United culture. The counter attacking moves were reminiscent of the days of Rooney-Ranaldo-Tevez, Scholes-Giggs-Nilsterooy, etc. In his playing days, in 1997, Solskjaer himself finished


The team sheets are out. Ole's lineup sees Alexis start in a new look attack alongside Lukaku and Jesse Lingard. Can this team seal progression to the next round with a win at The Emirates Stadium? We'll find out soon enough. Stay tuned to ManUtdNaijaFM for post  match analysis.   GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED.

Pogba Reveals the 8 Midfielders He Watches To Improve His Game

Manchester United's 'swaggerlicious' midfielder, Paul Pogba has revealed the other midfielders he watches to improve his game. The Frenchman has been enjoying a 'born again' life in the Ole 'Ugonna' Solskjaer ministry, following his deliverance from the "dressing room virus" tag pronounced on him by ex boss José Mourinho. The newly found freedom has seen him contribute at least 1 goal or assist in every one of his appearances under Solskjaer so far (5goals and 4 assists). In an interview with Astro Sport,  the Manchester United academy graduate revealed that he loves watching  football as much as he likes playing. "I love football, I love watching players and maybe people will be surprised. When I was younger I used to look up to strikers but now I’m a midfielder I look up to midfield players." "I learn from Yaya Toure, Iniesta, Xavi, Scholes, Carrick. I love to look at midfielders to make myse

Predicted Line-up To Face Arsenal After Ole's Press Conference

Manchester United are set to turn their attentions to progression from the 4th round of the FA Cup following their league win against Brighton last weekend. In line with customs and traditions, Ole Gunnar Solsjaer delivered the latest team news alongside injury updates in his pre-match press conference. Here are 3 take-aways from the gaffer's interview. 1. ON INJURIES According to the boss, Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo who were all absent for last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford are set to be missing in action once again, as the game has come too soon for them. 2. LATEST ON ALEXIS SANCHEZ “He’ll be involved,” said Ole in his exclusive interview with MUTV before Friday’s press conference. “I think he’ll love it if the crowd turn against him. As a player, pride kicks in and you think ‘I’ll show all of you’. He’s been fantastic in training, his attitude has been spot on so hopefully he’ll enjoy the game.”


Following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's record breaking 7th win in his 7th game in charge, the Manchester United gaffer is set to turn his attention to progression in the FA Cup with a match up against Arsenal. Here's all you need to know about this clash.👇                   MATCH INFO Date:  Friday 25th January 2019 Kick-off: 19:55 GMT (8:55pm Naija time). Venue: Emirates Stadium Competition: FA Cup (4th round) Referee: Craig Pawson Previous clashes: Total - 229; Man Utd wins - 89, Arsenal wins - 82, Draws - 58                 DID YOU KNOW? 1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was voted man of the match in his last FA Cup meeting with Arsenal in 2004 ....(May that anointing be transformed to 'manager' of the match come Friday). 2. United have won two of their last three meetings against Arsenal, the clash seeing both teams share the spoils with a 2-2 draw. OPINION POLL What are United's chances of progressing to the next ro

Solskjaer Reveals His First Choice Penalty Taker!

New caretaker boss and former 'baby-faced assassin', Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has had a blissful start to his career as United's manager with 7 straight victories in all competitions. United have scored 19 goals along the way, conceding just 4 goals. So far, United have had 3 penalties awarded in their favour. These have been taken by the players who were directly fouled. Jesse Lingard scored from the spot against Cardiff, Juan Mata against Reading and most recently, Paul Pogba against Brighton. So the question of who Solskjaer's number one choice is for penalty duties has arisen. MUTV's Stewart Gardner asked Ole to clarify the situation and the caretaker boss said: “Paul is the penalty taker, but we have got players who want to take penalties and that is the key. If they want to take it, they can argue among themselves but Paul is the nominated one. ”He scores them, which is what matters. I wouldn’t have done it that way. I would have run to

United 2-1 Brighton: 5 Things We Learnt As United Beat Brighton

Manchester United hosted Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford for the 6th Premier league game under new boss Ole 'Ugonna' Solskjaer. It ended with another victory for the 'reborn' boys  as United gave one goal to Brighton and another to Hove Albion. Here are five things ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this 7th victory: 1. HISTORIC MARCUS RASHFORD. United's 'whiz-kid' made his 150th appearance as a United player today. He marked it with a beautiful goal after sending the Brighton defender to 'buy gala' with that fine dribble. He also became the youngest Manchester United player in history to score in 4 consecutive premier league games 2. NO FINISHING PRATICES BEFORE NOW . Watching the calmness and precision in Rashford's finishing nowadays, the influence of the new boss and former baby-faced assassin, Solskjaer,  is obvious. He has gradually moved from the 'anywhere-bele-face' striker to a clinical finisher. With


The team sheets are out. Check out the starting XI Solskjaer has chosen to lead United's revenge mission against Brighton. Will this team continue their blistering form with a win or would United need to turn to the strong bench to seal victory? We'll find out soon enough. Stay tuned to ManUtdNaijaFM for post match analysis..   GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED.

Solskjaer's Latest Team Update; Injury News And Likely Line-up

Manchester United's quest to break into the top four is set to continue with a clash against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford. Brief reminder; Chris Hughton's Brighton side ran away with a 3-2 victory when they faced United earlier in the season. The Red Devils step into the match on the back of a 'sugar-Kane' victory against Tottenham Hotspurs, which saw Solskjaer and his men run out with a 0-1 victory at Wembley. In line with customs and traditions of the land, Ole 'Ugonna' Solskjaer held a press conference on Friday where he updated the press on the latest team news alongside injury updates on the squad. "No there's not many issues", Solskjaer said when speaking at the Aon complex on Friday. "I think there are small niggles as there are always are at this time of the season. Chris, Marcos just started running lightly so they're not fit yet. "Alexis has trained all week so hopefully he comes through the

Andy Cole Reveals Reason Behind Lukaku's Poor Form And Drops Helpful Advice

Manchester United legendary striker, Andy Cole has dropped his opinion on Romelu Lukaku. The former England striker spent six years at United where he won numerous trophies. He is most fondly remembered for his formidable strike partnership with Dwight Yorke, which saw them deliver 53goals in the  1998/1999  season. Its safe to say Manchester United striker has not had a wonderful time at United this season. The 75million striker showed promise in the  2017/2018  season, scoring 27goals in all competitions as well as adding 'jara' with 9 assists in all competitions. So far so good, the Belgian striker has been a shadow of himself; from missing big chances, to controlling balls like they are coated with acid, to looking heavy and off the pace. One can only summarize that something is wrong somewhere. Cole who was part of United's  1999  treble-winning side along with current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed to ESPN the reasons behind Lukaku


Following the last clash which saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pass his first big test by blowing Tottenham 'Hot'spurs 'cold' with a 0-1 win, the Red Devils are set to welcome Brighton and Hove Albion  to Old Trafford for their next match up. Here's all you need to know about this clash.👇                   MATCH INFO   Date:  Saturday 19th January 2019 Kick-off: 15.00 GMT (4.00pm Naija time). Venue: Old Trafford Competition: English Premier League Referee: Paul Tierney Previous clashes: Total - 20; Man Utd wins - 12, Brighton wins - 3, Draws - 5 Last time we met: It ended in a 3-2 defeat in the first meeting between the two sides in August 2018.  3 first half goals were  conceded before Mourinho could say 'Eze goes to school' and that sealed United's fate, despite an attempted fightback later in the game.                 DID YOU KNOW? 1. Manchester United are looking to score at least three goals in four

Solskjaer Confirms The Three United Players In Contract Extension Talks

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that the Red Devils are in contract extension talks with three of their stars. The Norwegian was brought in to fill in the managerial slot until the end of the season, following the sacking of José Mourinho on December 18. So far so good, fans have been kept on cloud 9 by the 'FANTA-bulous' football which has been on offer since his arrival, and even more pleased with his 100% record which has seen him culminate 6 wins in 6 games in all competitions so far. The boss had his chance to speak to the press about transfers on his return from the Red Devils training camp in Dubai last week. "Well I read the news sometimes as well and the speculation around the club is just amazing and incredible," Solskjaer stated when asked about transfers in his Thursday press conference. "Some players I've not even heard of that I've signed, so all these speculations about tran


It was a beautiful Sunday evening at Wembley as United made it 6 wins in 6 games after a thrilling encounter against Tottenham. Here are five things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this super victory: 1. NEW UNITED, NEW RASHFORD . Manchester United look like a 'newborn' team. The boys are happy, confident and motivated. Marcus 'Rashidi-Yekini' in like manner, looks like fresh 'suya' from the fire, too hot to handle!! He scored his 40th goal for United today and has now scored in 3 consecutive games for the first time in his career. 2. 'POGBA THE VIRUS!!!' The French 'Swaggerlicious' midfielder who was labelled a virus, has proven to be a real virus, not to United but to all opponents. His pass to Rashford for the goal was simply 'Chivita-stic'. He now has 4 goals and 4 assists in 6 games for Solskjaer......May all 'anti-viruses' tremble!!! 3. FROM MIS-FIT TO BEST-FIT Our 'Jollof' defender, Victor Li


Following the last clash which saw the Red Devils pass their 'Reading' test with a 2-0 victory to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup, United are set to take on their biggest test of the Ole 'Ugonna' Solskjaer Era when they take on Tottenham Hotspurs. Photo credit - Here's all you need to know about this clash.👇                   MATCH INFO Date:  Sunday 13th January 2019 Kick-off: 16.30 GMT (5.30pm Naija time). Venue: Wembley Stadium Competition: English Premier League Referee: Mike Dean Previous clashes: Total - 53; Man Utd wins - 33, Tottenham wins - 9, Draws - 11                  DID YOU KNOW? 1. After winning their last four matches against fellow 'big six' opposition last season, the Red Devils have failed to win any one of their five matches against such teams this term.....[New year, New United😁] 2. Alexis Sanchez has been directly involved in 9 goals in his last 9 appearances

Solskjaer Has Already Made His Best Manchester United Signing

Ole 'Ugonna' Solskjaer has already made his best signing according to former player, Paul Parker. Parker, who donned the United shirt between 1991 and 1996 , believes Solskjaer has made a perfect choice which is crucial to United's improvement going forward. In an interview with talkSPORT, Paul Parker stated; "Mike Phelan may be the best signing the Manchester United have made, him coming back, he should never have been allowed to leave in the first place when David Moyes came in. That was a massive mistake by David Moyes. "But he's back now and someone like him, who worked with Sir Alex and knows about the club as well, it is as important off the pitch as it is on it. "Micky Phelan makes the big, big difference sitting next to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Phelan seems the most vocal in the technical area? Oh, without a doubt." Image: Mike Phelan giving instructions touchline  'Igwe' Ferguson's for

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