Manchester United Loses to Manchester City
Indeed, nothing good lasts forever. Coach Ole Gunnar’s Red Devils continue to suffer defeat after defeat, since their unimpressive victory against Watford. What looked promising to United in the first half of the game, completely took a different dimension when they returned to the pitch after the 15-minutes break. As rightly predicted by Pep Guardiola, Manchester City completely dominated the two halves of the game.
Manchester United misused a lot of their goal chances in the first half. Even though, United was out-possessed by ManCity, they had chances to please Liverpool. But Rashford, Lingard, Pogba and other United players couldn’t convert their chances. It appears Manchester United have exhausted all their winning opportunities. Just like their Champions League match against Barcelona, Manchester United started well, but ended badly.
After a goalless first half, Pep Guardiola’s agile players pressed hard on the ailing Devils. This allowed Silva to take a good shot at the United goal post. The deformed United goalkeeper, De Gea couldn’t pull a save at the fast-moving ball which was skillfully directed towards the left corner of the post.
As the second half progressed, Manchester United increased their attack to fight for an equalizer to the ManCity goal. Unfortunately, United still refused to utilize their chances. With Paul Pogba shooting a close range free kick like a baby, United missed another chance to score. Lingard also failed to make use of a good pass which could he could have netted the post with. Not even Rumelu Lukaku’s 70th minute entry to the game could change the situation.
As Manchester United kept misusing chances, Manchester City striker Leroy Sane (who was substituted lately), scored their second goal by dribbling past United defenders and scoring De Gea as if he (De Gea) was a statue.
The big question is why Ole Gunnar’s permanent appointment as Manchester United Manager is doing more harm than good? After winning many EPL matches after he was placed as an interim boss, Ole Gunnar’s recent performance isn’t impressive. He has not succeeded in defending his full appointment as a manager.
For soccer analysts like myself (Bob Bright) and Samuel Kwatah Teye, we have already started predicting doom for Ole Gunnar’s reign as Manchester United coach. According to Samuel Kwatah, Manchester United players tried to prove Jose Mourinho wrong by pretending to be good players under Solskjaer management. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep their pretense for a long ime, hence their recent poor performance. Maybe Jose Mourinho’s sacking was a big mistake.
It is as if Solksjaer took his men to the top, only to bring them down at the crucial moment when Manchester United is badly in need of wins to help them qualify for next season’s Champion’s League.With their current position at number 6 on the table, Manchester United now has the lowest probability of being among the top 4. This is irrespective of the fact that; Arsenal is also losing with them.
Do you think United can still make it to the top 4? Leave some comments below
Kwesi Appiah scores as AFC Wimbledon lose to Fleetwood
Ghana forward Kwesi Appiah was on target for AFC Wimbledon as they narrowly lost to Fleetwood Town in the English League 1 on Saturday.
The 27-year old scored his first of the season after putting the Dons in the lead on 26 minutes.
Wimbledon had to put in a resilient performance to hold their lead in the first half at the Highbury Stadium.
However, Paddy Madden pulled the level for Fleetwood after 56 minutes.
The home side then took the lead a little over the hour mark through Josh Morris.
Appiah lasted the entire duration but the Dons could not salvage a point despite a good end to the game.
Thomas Partey happy to play first preseason game as Atletico Madrid beat Juventus 2-1
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is happy to have played his first preseason game which ended in a win against Italian giants Juventus at the Friends Arena in Sweden.
Atletico defeated Juventus by 2-1 in the International Champions Cup played on Saturday.
Record signing Joao Felix got the two goals for the Madrid club while Khedira pulled one back for the Italian Champions.
The Ghanaian International who missed Atletico Madrid’s tour to the USA due to his involvement with Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations made his debut for the club ahead of the new season as he came off the bench in the second half.
Partey had a decent game and helped his side to secure the win.
“Great team performance, happy for my first minutes to prepare for the season ahead”, Partey indicated on his page.
CAF Champions League: Kano Pillars 3-2 Asante Kotoko – Rabiu Ali inspires comeback
Captain Rabiu Ali scored with an overhead kick as Kano Pillars came from behind to beat Asante Kotoko 3-2 in the first leg Caf Champions League preliminary round clash at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Saturday.
Sai Masu Gida opened the scoring 11 minutes into the game through Rahaqqu Adam and held on to a 1-0 advantage until half-time.
However, the Porcupines came strong in the second half as goals from Justice Blay and then Godfred Asiamah looked like they were going to steal a famous 2-1 win in Nigeria.
Pillars are aware they still have a huge task ahead of them as they head for the second leg in Kumasi in a fortnight, having conceded two goals at home in Saturday’s thrilling encounter.
With four of his regular players not registered for this preliminary round, coach Ibrahim Musa expectedly tweaked his usual attacking set-up.
Nwagua Nyima was paired up front with Rahaqqu with captain Ali behind the two strikers.
Coach Kjetil Zachariassen also named a strong starting line-up for Kotoko having promised a solid away performance.
Justice Blay, Samuel Frimpong, Emmanuel Gyamfi and George Abege were all handed starting roles by the manager.
Pillars were dominant in the early exchanges and after a series of attacking pressure on the Kotoko defence, they got the opening goal in the 11th minute through Rahaqqu who hit a low shot from inside the box.
Despite the early opening goal, Pillars were unable to increase their advantage as they failed to utilise the other chances they created until half time.
Those missed chances by Pillars in the first half proved costly as the Porcupines came out smoking in the second half and ten minutes after the restart, the visitors got a deserved equaliser.
Blay, who had been threatening all day, kept his head down to produce a low header beyond the helpless Kano Pillars goalkeeper Suraj Ayeleso to restore parity for his team.
While Pillars tried to get back in front as fast as they could, they committed some needless fouls and they were punished in the 67th minute for one of their rash challenges.
Asiamah won a free-kick after he was illegally halted in his run towards the penalty box.
The winger dusted himself for the resulting kick and hit it straight into the net to give Kotoko a shock 2-1 lead.
From then it was Pillars all the way as their vociferous fans cheered them on and captain Ali came to the rescue with his 70th-minute bicycle kick before Gambo sealed victory with another goal moments after.
Despite Saturday’s win, Pillars are still walking a tightrope in their quest to progress to the next stage as they would be faced with a stern test in the second leg in Kumasi in a fortnight.
The winners after the two-legged tie between Pillars and Kotoko are billed to face Hafia FC of Guinea or Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel in the next stage.
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