Manchester United continued their resurgence after they beat Tottenham Hotspur last night at Wembley to go level on points with Arsenal. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s appointment has boosted the squad and reinvigorated the fans.
A sixth consecutive win on the bounce for United came at the back of a man of the match display from David de Gea. A fine defensive display from Manchester United in addition to the keeper’s heroics helped them keep out an in form Spurs attack led by Harry Kane.
Manchester United look like a side reborn under the interim manager and a few players have shown drastic improvement over the last month.
Very few have given consistent performances since the beginning of the season and Victor Lindelof falls under that category for Red Devils.
The Swedish international had a tough time finding his feet in the Premier League initially but he did catch up eventually and has shown glimpses of quality at the back.
His style has often been compared to the legendary defender Nemanja Vidic. One of the moments where the Swede stopped a potential counter attack with a perfect slide tackle, was received with much admiration amongst the United fans who were quick to point out the uncanny resemblance with the Serbian.
The sumptuous tackle on Winks midway through the second half wasn’t the highlight of the game but surely was one of the likeable moments for the United faithful.
Manchester United now face Brighton before heading to Arsenal for an FA Cup showdown and the fans will expect the run of victories to continue for as long as it can.
Check out the tackle from Lindelof below –
Lindelöf‘s tackle on Winks à la Nemanja Vidic from r/reddevils
Arsenal fans everywhere would have been pretty excited when news broke out about how sportswear giants Adidas will be taking over as the club’s official kit suppliers from the 1st of July this year.
The hype isn’t only because of the possibility of new improved designs from the German company but also because of the wonderful memories Gooners have about the last time their team sported an Adidas kit.
Arsenal won two league titles while they were associated with Adidas- the first in 1989 which was secured by Michael Thomas’ last-minute goal at Anfield in the final game of the season and lost only one game during their second second title winning campaign two years later under skipper Tony Adams.
Also following the announcement some beautiful concept kits have turned up online which has caused even more excitement amongst the fans.
Adding to the trend, an absolutely cracker of a third kit concept has been spotted on social forums which is a must watch for all Gooners.
The all-black kit is simply a thing of beauty and Adidas should definitely win some major points with the fans if they do indeed release a kit along these lines next season.
An absolute cracker of a mock-up from MChest Design on Instagram! Check it out here :
Social media accounts of football computer game Pro Evolution Soccer posted a new video online welcoming Rangers’ new acquisition Jermain Defoe. .
The Bournemouth player is on an 18-month loan deal at the Ibrox Stadium with a release clause.
The 36-year-old English forward has scored 162 goals in 496 appearances in the Premier League and the excitement among Rangers fans after the transfer has definitely been peaked by the video released by PES on Twitter.
Defoe’s likeness to his in-game look in PES is remarkably close, and the ten-second video has now received over 48000 views on Twitter.
After Rangers joined Liverpool and Barcelona last year, along with Celtic as premium partners of Konami, fans were waiting for the developers to recreate Ibrox Stadium and update more in-game player faces.
Now that PES has released Defoe’s in-game look, it could be only a matter of days before gamers can enjoy playing matches at a recreated Ibrox Stadium in PES 2019.
Check out the video below –
It has been a good season for Tottenham Hotspur so far as they are the only team alongside Manchester City, who still compete for all 4 trophies up for grabs. Only 6 points off Liverpool in the league, Spurs have enjoyed one of their best starts ever so far.
Their good run of form comes despite a few injuries along the way and they have seen their share of young players breakthrough and take the responsibility. Juan Foyth made his league debut at the back of an injury crisis for Alderweireld & Vertonghen and stepped up to the task well. The 20-year-old Argentine scored the winner against Crystal Palace after being responsible for conceding penalties in his debut.
An already memorable season got even better for the Argentine as he proposed to his girlfriend on Wednesday. His Instagram post had best wishes showering from fans and his fellow teammates, and one comment particularly stood out.
Erik Lamela congratulated his fellow Argentinian by asking for an invite to the wedding in a rather hilarious manner and the comment was loved by the fans.
Foyth surely knows who tops the priority list for the wedding invites now. Check out Lamela’s comment below –
In a mouth-watering encounter at the Wembley stadium, Spurs managed to defeat Chelsea through a Harry Kane penalty and strengthened their position going into the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
The game was full of incidents and as much as Eden Hazard embarrassed Harry Kane during this incident, Chelsea players were on the receiving end of some mad tekkers from Spurs players as well.
In an embarrassing moment for the Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, Spurs forward Erik Lamela received the ball and danced past him with much ease & finesse, although, after the referee had blown his whistle.
A pointless skill from the Argentine but Spurs fans watching the game thoroughly enjoyed the moment.
The Chelsea goalkeeper was also at fault for the only goal of the game as he brought down Harry Kane, who stepped up to take the penalty and slotted the ball in the back of the net.
Check out the skills from Lamela below –
It was yet another frustrating evening for Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool faced a second consecutive defeat in the space of 4 days.
Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at Wolves meant that their run in the FA Cup ended as soon as it began and to add to their woes, they lost yet another centre-back to injury as Dejan Lovren pulled his hamstring within the first 10 minutes of kick off.
Klopp fielded a weaker side, resting his big guns and saw his team fall further behind due to the injury.
However, there was one very bright silver lining for Klopp as the game saw the debut of Ki-Jana Hoever, who at 16 years old, became the club’s youngest player ever to play in the FA Cup.
Bought in from Ajax’s academy, Hoever had a good outing against a full strength Wolves and had one of the moments of the game where he won back the ball in his own box to set up a counter attack.
After being nearly beaten by Helder Costa, Hoever recovered to win back the possession and went on a run to beat 2 men before sliding the ball through to Shaqiri and set up a counter attack.
Check out the fearless run from the youngster below –
As the football season approaches the busy period where the teams prepare to compete in multiple competitions at once, it is also the season for artists to showcase their skills and creativity with concept kits for the next season.
The latest addition to some impressive concept kits being shared online are these Adidas concept kits for Everton.
As opposed to the current Umbro kit which is mostly all blue (except the collar), the concept home kit features white stripes on the arms, a common feature amongst Adidas kits.
The away kit looks fresh as well with the inverse of the blue and white of the home kit.
The designs are receiving positive reviews from the Everton faithful online. Via @_luke_efc_2, check out the images below –
Newcastle United supporters continue their protests against their owner Mike Ashley as he fails to provide Rafa Benitez with any sort of financial backing.
The British entrepreneur has been urged repeatedly by the Newcastle faithful to either sell the club or provide funds to Benitez, who has managed to do well given the lack of funds.
The former Liverpool manager took up the Newcastle job when they were set for relegation in 2015-16 and has stuck through to see them win their promotion right back after the drop. However, the money being spent in the league by the bottom clubs makes it a job harder than what the Spaniard would’ve hoped.
The Magpies have upped their efforts to bring a change at the very top. Even the pubs in Newcastle have joined in the protests to see their owner out, as can be seen with this poster of Ashley in a urinal.
After having been duped by the owner once already, who came out and confessed he was very close to selling the club, the fans would hope he does make a decision soon and the club doesn’t end up facing heavy consequences.
Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Spurs in the first leg of the semi finals of Carabao Cup.
An evenly contested game at Wembley was decided by a controversial VAR decision that awarded Spurs with a penalty, overturning an offside decision.
Chelsea have seen their form dwindle over the last few weeks and risk losing a few names. Hazard, who has been linked with a move away to Real Madrid, was the pick of the players for Chelsea yesterday.
Constantly running at defenders and trying to create chances, Hazard did not receive sufficient support from players around him as Willian, Barkley and Alonso had a poor outing.
His dissatisfaction could be seen in the video where Alonso refused to pass the ball to the Belgian when he was open, only to take extra few touches and pass it to him when he was quickly closed down by two Spurs players.
His visible frustration was reciprocated by fans, who have been disappointed by a few selections lately. Check out the incident below –
Willian and Marcos Alonso haven’t shown much promise lately and repeated chances to the former sees the club at the risk of losing a bright young talent in Hudson-Odoi. The fans would hope Sarri is quick to realise the tweaks required in his team so the fan favourites stick around for longer and help the team win more titles.
Harry Kane’s well struck penalty ensures that Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Stamford Bridge with a slender advantage when the semi-final of the Carabao cup resumes on January 24.
Michael Oliver seemed unsure when the Englishman went down after keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s challenge in the first half, but after consulting with the video assistant referee (VAR) the official pointed to the spot and Kane duly obliged to give Spurs their 3rd straight win against their London rivals.
Even as the Blues are suffering from a slump in form lately, they still made life difficult for Pochettino’s men and should definitely be optimistic about a comeback during the second leg in front of the home crowd.
Eden Hazard was particularly causing problems for Spurs with his trickery and in one instance the Belgian absolutely destroyed Harry Kane with a sublime piece of skill to move away from the 25-year-old’s sliding challenge and leave the England skipper dumbfounded.
The little incident, between arguably the best two players in the league over the last few years, has definitely caught the attention of fans online and Blues fans seemed delighted after watching clips of the incident on Twitter.
Absolute filth! Check out the smooth move from Hazard against Kane here: