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City 0-1 United (Agg 3-2): 5 Things We Learnt As United Exited The Carabao Cup

It was a night of 'salad' emotions for Manchester United as they won the 181st Manchester derby but failed to make it to Wembley for the Carabao cup final.


Here's what #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from the derby:


1. NEMANJA 'AGU' MATIC
The midfield 'Agu'(lion) continued from where he stopped at the last derby with another 'Chivita-stic' display alongside the 'brand new' Fred in the heart of midfield.

He scored a lovely volley, his second for United. Unfortunately, his 'white performance' got a 'palm oil stain' (red card). Kudos to him though, he was brilliant.

2. GOLDEN CHANCE WASTED
United had a golden opportunity to double the lead and drag city into penalties when a late second half free kick was won in a juicy position. It was the typical Mata's spot but he let Fred to do 'try ya luck' with it.

It was a wrong decision by Mata in the end, as Fred aimed the wall correctly! Who knows, we might have been singing a differe…

Tranmere 0-6 United: What We Learnt As United Thrashed Tranmere

Amid ongoing tension in the club, Manchester United visited Prenton park for a FA cup fourth round clash and scored six unreplied goals

Here's what #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from the thrashing of Tranmere.
1. MAGNIFICENT MAGUIRE
United's captain, Harry 'Okute' Maguire, led the team by example in every way today. With the team morale down after consecutive 2-0 defeats, the captain took it upon himself to charge the boys to action.

Maguire practically became a No10 today, getting into goal scoring positions. He deservedly scored a beautiful goal and helped Lingard's 'ministry' with an assist. 
2. DEFENDERS DAY OUT
Today, it felt United's defenders had a meeting and resolved that "if the strikers and midfielders can't score, we need to teach them". Like we would say in Naija, "because we de stay back no mean say we no sabi score".

Maguire, Jones and Dalot set the ball rolling for United today which was interesting. Victor Lindelof almo…

United 0-2 Burnley: 2 Matters Arising From the Burnley Disaster at Old Trafford

Manchester United continued to hold on her new year resolution not to be in the top four of the EPL table by offering another three points 'awoof'  to Burnley.


Here are the matters arising from the woeful loss at Old Trafford:

1. JUST GOOGLE IT
It is so easy to beat United now. All you need to do is go on Google and type "how to beat Manchester United" and you'll see this:
- Stay compact behind,
- Keep a low defence line so they have no space to do their 100m running
- Don't do 'gra-gra'
- Wait for them to pass the ball around, confused.
- At the height of their confusion, hit them on the counter
- Remain compact and be a 'patient dog'
- If you are patient enough, they will bring in Lingard
- And before you say 'Eze goes to school' you will score another goal and eat the 'fattest bone'(3 points)

.....And guess what? Burnley downloaded it!!

2. 'BEND DOWN SELECT'
In less than one year, United have sold/loaned out Herrera, F…

Liverpool 2-0 United: 5 Things We Learnt As Liverpool Remained Unbeaten

Manchester United paid a visit to Anfield to play "try ya luck", attempting to end their unbeaten run. Not only did the attempt fail, United finally allowed Mo Salah to score his first ever goal against them.


Here's what #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this loss:
1. BEST OF FRED
United may have lost, but one man deserves accolades today- Fred. He's been having a great season, but today, he was exceptional.
He wore his full  Samba attire to Anfield, and gave a good account of his Brazilian heritage. Unfortunately, United had nothing to show for it....Sad.
2. A GOOD FIGHT.
This season, Liverpool have treated teams like plantain. They ate some raw, used some to fry 'dodo', used some for 'kpekere', some bolè, some amala, others they just boiled.
We are not sure what they used United for today, but we made a decent attempt against a team in the form of their lives. United had some good spells in the game and missed some very good chances too. We were not crush…

Man United Naija FM Farewell Tribute to DJ Ashley Young.

United's captain and dressing room music DJ, Ashley Young, has joined former team mates Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez at Inter Milan. Both clubs agreed a fee believed to be about £1.5 million for the versatile winger turned full back.


Ashley Young was signed by Baba Fergie in the summer of 2011 from Aston Villa for £17 million. He made 220 appearances for United and scored  19 goals in all competitions.
Though unplanned, Ashley Young ended up being the successor of John O'Shea as he was the most versatile player in the team.
He had his downsides during his playing time for United, but he will always be remembered for his humility and passion whenever he put on the red shirt. He was ever willing to answer "Present sir!!" whenever called upon to play any position, similar to John O'Shea.

He started as a left winger cutting onto the right,  moved to right winger,  then as old age came along, he moved to left full back and finally right full back.
In the days of '…

United 1-0 Wolves: 5 Things We Learnt As United Bit 'The Wolves'

Manchester United finally passed the Wolves exam after five attempts with a slim 1-0 victory at Old Trafford to move to the fourth round of the FA cup


Here's what #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from the victory:


1. JUAN 'BANKOLE' MATA
The little magician picked up from where he stopped against Norwich. He had a very good game, pulling the strings in midfield and attack.

He iced his performance with a beautiful chip to finish a super counter attack move.

2. SERGIO 'ODESHI' ROMERO
The ever reliable 'power bank' goalkeeper remained true to his name 'Odeshi'( Doesn't leak) by keeping another clean sheet on the night.

Even when his 'village people attempted to 'put sand-sand in his garri' with that 10th minute goal, VAR came to the rescue!! He has now kept 34 clean sheets in 54 appearances for United.

3. AFTER FIVE ATTEMPTS
In the last one year, Wolves have formed a habit of beating United at home, away, FA cup, Carling cup, EPL, even African Nati…

United 4-0 Norwich: 5 Things We Learnt As United Flogged Norwich

Manchester United finally won their first game of 2020 and indeed their first game of the decade with a convincing flogging of Norwich city at Old Trafford.


Here are five things ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this win:

1. MR 200
United's 'whiz-kid', Marcus 'Rashidi-Yekini', celebrated his 22nd birthday recently and today played his 200th game for United. He marked the milestone with 2 goals!!

He has been smoking hot in front of goal this season, already surpassing his best ever tally. 200 'Gboza' for the 22yr old who has now scored 64 goals and made 26 assists for United.

2. JONAH LINGARD
Despite not even being in the line-up today, Jesse 'Awilo' Lingard still deserves a full point. His absence was felt.

Just seeing the line-up without him provoked smiles and confidence. His replacement, Juan 'Bankole' Mata was brilliant and had two assists, more than he managed in a whole year!!!.....the joy that comes with Jonah off the boat

3. AN UNFORTUNATE &…

United 1-3 Man City: Five (5) Things We Learnt As City Painted Manchester Blue

Manchester United 'saw pepper' in the hands of her neighbours at the first leg of the Carabao cup semi finals. Three goals in the first half was all it took to nail United.


Here's what #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this

1. HOME AND AWAY.
United and City have interesting records at Old Trafford and Etihad. Both teams seem to flourish at each others home.

While United have only lost one game at Etihad in the last five, City have now won seven of the last 10 games at Old Trafford.

2. 'JONAH' LINGARD WAS EXCELLENT.
For a reason known only to Olè, Jesse 'Awilo' Lingard was given another nod to start against city. As expected the lad was excellent at doing what he knows to do best as a No10- run, run and run without direction.

He turned out to be our 'Jonah' as the team's performance improved significantly in the second half immediately he was "thrown off the boat".




3.BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE
Now that Christmas is over, it's high time United did…

Wolves 0 - 0 United: What We Learnt As United Escpaed Another Wolves Bite

Manchester United failed to bounce back from their new year day slumber with a 0-0 draw against Wolves in the FA Cup; a rather unsurprising result following our recent struggles with Wolves.


Here's what #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from the clash

1. SERGIO 'ODESHI' ROMERO
Manchester United may have coach problems, player problems, board problems, village problems, Robin Hood problems, but surely having an excellent backup goalkeeper isn't one.

Our deputy commander-in-chief of goal post forces, our ever reliable 'Power bank' goalkeeper Sergio 'Odeshi' Romero turned up with another excellent performance to see United walk out of Molineux with a clean sheet. The Argentine has now kept 6 clean sheets in 8 appearances this season.

2. STILL NO PLAN TO BREAK DOWN DEFENCES
Another day, another failed attempt to break down a tightly knit backline; no surprise as counter-attack is all the manager seems to have up his sleeves for every game.

No surprise yet again, United …

Arsenal 2-0 United: 5 Things We Learnt From The New Year Day Loss

Manchester ended last decade with a clean sheet but started the new decade with an 'empty sheet' as they had no reply to Arsenal's two first half goals.


Here are five things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this new year loss

1. IS IT 'JAZ'?
How and why a No10 who was not involved in any goal, either by purpose or mistake throughout 2019 was chosen to start ahead of Pereira in 2020 is simply unbelievable.

Has Olè been charmed by Jesse 'Awilo' Lingard? In Naija we would say 'abi na jaz?' Unfortunately, he didn't disappoint any fan today as he once again contributed nothing.


2. 'KEKE-NA-PEP' FIRST HALF
Lingard aside, United's overall first half display was the worst ever in a long time. The tempo of play was a fast as the popular Naija 'keke-na-pep'(tricycle).

There was zero urgency. United made Arsenal who have been in their worst form, look like Barcelona. Pepe who has been low on confidence came alive today and even had the boldne…

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