Manchester United kept their European adventure alive for this season as well as the next as they overcame Belgian side Anderlecht 2-1 in extra time to progress to the semi-final of the Europa League.
Marcus Rashford scored one of the most important goals of his career to date as he scored from a Fellaini knockdown in the 107th minute to win the game for United after Sofiane Hanni had cancelled out Mykhitaryan’s opener of the night.
While Rashford impressed upfront, another United youngster in the mould of summer signing Eric Bailly was equally impressive at back ensuring United’s solidity throughout the game.
The Ivory Coast international’s pace and recovery proved vital in ensuring that United only conceded once. Bailly’s best moment of the game perhaps came towards the end of regulated time when he outran an Anderlecht player to the ball leaving the Anderlecht player thoroughly demoralised after the contest.
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Two years might have passed ever since Brad Friedel left Tottenham to go back to his native United States, but his love for the club has clearly not faded one bit.
Friedel finished his career at the North London club and went back to become a pundit on a Fox Sports’ show in the US, and reiterated his status as a permanent Spurs fan on an appearance recently.
On an episode discussing this season’s UEFA Champions League semi-finalists, the former Spurs goalkeeper referred to Dortmund as the “youngest team, only to Tottenham, in all of Europe.”
When asked about the club’s recent performances by a pro-Arsenal panellist, Friedel gave it back exactly how Spurs fans would have expected their former player to reply.
Friedel bowed out of Tottenham in 2015 after an illustrious career sprawling 21 seasons, which also included personal accolades like his record for the most consecutive appearances by any player in the Premier League.
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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho recently won over fans by heavily throwing all his support behind Paul Pogba during a presser recently, and the world’s most expensive player proved just why he deserved the praise.
Although it was Marcus Rashford who stole the show with his late winner that placed United in the semi-finals of Europa League, there was some brilliant display of skills by others like Pogba as well.
In one moment of the game, Pogba almost became the architect of what could have sealed the game in United’s favour a long time before the referee’s final whistle.
In a classic display of the fluid partnership that Pogba and Ibrahimović share, the latter passed the ball to Pogba and made a wild run towards the goal. The Frenchman responded with a sublime overhead pass right from the half line that landed right at Ibra’s feet.
Although Ibrahimovic didn’t manage to convert it into a goal, the pass itself is worth appreciating. Check it out below –
Chris Hughton is undoubtedly the man of the moment. The Irishman has successfully led Brighton and Hove Albion into the Premier League after their 2-1 victory over Wigan and Huddersfield’s draw against Derby County secured them automatic promotion. Hughton has had some less than memorable experiences in the top flight, so he will be looking forward to a fresh start. In fact he’s so upbeat about next season that he’s even stated his preference for his first opponents – with a very interesting motive.
The former Norwich manager stated that he would love for Brighton to host Tottenham in the opening game next season since, in his own words, that would be “the winners of the Championship against the winners of the Premier League”.
Bold words considering Tottenham have four points to make up on leaders Chelsea, but hardly surprising – Hughton enjoyed a 12-year playing career with Spurs as a full-back, making nearly 300 league appearances. It’s clear that his love for his former club has not diminished, and he’s definitely backing them to topple their London rivals.
Spurs fans were delighted to say the least with Hughton’s remarks and joined him in hoping that he gets the draw he favours. Hughton has realised Brighton’s dream this season, while it remains to be seen if it will indeed be the Spurs who go marching in to the title this year.
Check out Hughton’s smooth statement below:
A Serious Upgrade
Anyone who has visited Anfield as the opposition will know that it is a daunting task. It’s bad enough to visit a place whose near unmatched legacy is unnerving enough, but then you have to face the supporters with their banners flying high as they launch into the ever-stirring tune of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. No wonder then that some teams have lost the game before the referee’s whistle.
And if the plans revealed by a local designer are to be believed, it will only make an away victory against the Reds seemingly impossible. The proposed plan is to increase the capacity of Anfield to a staggering 108,000 seats – which is just under double its current capacity.
If this design were to be approved, it would make the stadium the second largest on Earth, trailing only the positively mammoth Rungrado in Pyongyang, North Korea which can accommodate 114,000 spectators.
Naturally it is all conjecture at this point – but imagine the plight of teams visiting a stadium capable of holding over 100,000 people packed mostly with die-hard Scousers singing their Club Anthem. Dear me.
Via LiverpoolEcho Check out the insane proposal for the new Anfield stadium below:
While often being one of the less heralded stars in the star studded Manchester United line-up, there is no doubting the inherent quality and skill of Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera. The midfielder came up with a match winning performance on Sunday as Manchester United comprehensively beat Chelsea 2-0 at Old Trafford.
Herrera was on hand for an interview with the NBC crew post the Chelsea match where the midfielder shared some rather refreshing insights of the game. Herrera dubbed the performance of the team as near perfect while also having high praise for the manager as well as Eden Hazard whom he described as the best player in the league.
On his man-marking of Hazard, the 27 year old described the man-marking of Hazard as a difficult job while also further adding that as a team player he would play anywhere (even as a goalie!!) for manager.
Ander has always been known to give his all to the team’s cause and his most recent performances and comments will only further endear him to the United faithful
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Ever since rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament against Leicester City last year, Bournemouth wide man Max Gradel has struggled to establish himself as a regular at Bournemouth with the former St.Etienne winger making just 14 appearances in all competitions for the Cherries this season.
The winger’s struggles at the Vitality Stadium have seen him linked with numerous moves away from the club despite only joining them in the summer transfer window.
Gradel on his part has done little to quell the speculations openly stating his desire for a move away from Bournemouth. The winger once more fuelled speculations linking him of a move away to Championship side Leeds united after his latest Twitter activity.
With BBC Sport reporting that Gradel was looking for a move away, one Leeds fan posted a message for Gradel that the Leeds fan still loved him. The post prompted a quick reply from Gradel who took the opportunity to reiterate his love for Leeds United.
Gradel a fan favourite during his time at Leeds, last played for Leeds United between 2009 and 2012 scoring 25 goals in 85 appearances for the Whites.
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Chelsea have dominated and lead the Premier League table for months now, yet as the season approaches squeaky bum time, there are a number of nervous Chelsea fans around. Suddenly the easy path to another league victory has one very large roadblock in the form of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The two rivals actually face off this weekend in the FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley. Both the camps are hard at work to book a spot at the finals, and according to Spurs fans, the pre-match mind games have already begun, with Antonio Conte getting certain stories out in the media to mess around with his rivals.
The story in question comes from Gianluca Di Marzio, who revealed that Inter Milan are interested in acquiring the services of Toby Alderweireld, who isn’t currently looking to extend his contract with Spurs.
The Italian has a reputation for being one of the most reliable sources in the world of football transfers. But besides being a transfer guru, Di Marzio is also a very close friend of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
And Spurs fan think there is definite collusion between the two in regards to leaking the Alderweireld story just days ahead of the semi final clash.
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The sport of football is so popular nowadays that it doesn’t surprise anyone when huge sums of money are spent on players, managers, stadiums and the like.
The business side of things is just as important to the working of the sport as the actual games that are played on the field, if not more so in some cases.
Thus when the names of some of the donors for American president Donald Trump’s inauguration activities, no one should have been surprised at some of the names mentioned. The owners of NFL sides the LA Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Jacksonville Jaguars all made sizeable donations.
Why is this relevant to association football? Because the owners of these sides also own English football clubs: the Rams are owned by Stan Kroenke, owner of Arsenal. The Buccaneers are owned by Ed Glazer, part-owner of Manchester United and the Jaguars owner is Shad Khan, owner of Fulham.
Check out exactly how much these owners donated below:
The fact that Toby Alderweireld is quite the proficient centre back is something that will come as a surprise to no one. The Belgian has been a key part of Tottenham’s defence for two seasons now; in fact, there’s a clear argument to be made that without him, the defence doesn’t look as solid.
Forming a formidable partnership with fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen as well as anyone else that’s played with him, Alderweireld has quickly established himself as one of the Premier League’s most reliable defenders.
Thus, a recent stat graphic revealed about his career so far is not exactly surprising. That doesn’t stop it from being any less impressive.
According to the graphic, all of the sides Alderweireld has played for – Ajax, Atletico Madrid, Southampton and Tottenham – have been ranked first or second in their respective leagues in terms of defence.
Stats might be deceiving a lot of the time, but this one is impressive all the same. See it for yourself here: