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Jurgen Klopp brings football fans together with a passionate message for humanity amid coronavirus crisis

These are tough times, not only for the football world but for the whole of society.

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has already begun showing its adverse effects in Europe, initially hitting Italy, the virus has now become a point of major concern for the whole continent.

As a preventive measure, the governing bodies have postponed the top five football leagues in Europe until further notice.

UEFA also declared that no football activities will take place as far as the Champions League and Europa League are concerned.

The football community hasn’t been immune to the coronavirus, with big personalities like Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta and Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi been tested positive for the virus.

Naturally, the circumstances have created an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty amongst the football fans. Facing such a strange occurrence for the first time, many cannot process the situation and don’t know how to react.

Amid all the panic, an emphatic message from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has provided some sense of relief and direction for the football fans around the globe.

In a message published on the official Liverpool website, the German expressed his views on the decision to postpone the games along with the concerns and anxiety caused in the society because of the pandemic.

In a wholesome message, Klopp communicated the fans to put the health of themselves and the ones around them first, and deal with the ongoing issue with compassion towards each other.

The word of class from Jurgen Klopp was duly appreciated by the Liverpool and rival fans alike.

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Football has proved time and time again that it’s more than just a sport and has the ability to bring people together no matter which crest, colour or creed.

In the midst of the current crisis, humanity shall prevail in order to bring peace and calm back in society, as intimated by Jurgen Klopp’s words.

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Photo – Atletico fans unfurled an Everton flag to troll Liverpool at Anfield

Liverpool were in for a rude awakening as Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid were about to give the men from Merseyside a harsh lesson to learn.

It needed a big performance from Liverpool at home to turn around the first leg deficit, however, much for the talk of another ‘Anfield Miracle’ by Andy Robertson and co., the reigning UCL Champions took another daunting hit to their season in a month that has already seen them get knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea.

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Although it has to be conceded that the Reds were rather unfortunate, as they saw their chances get thwarted by a magnificent Jan Oblak who turned out to be Atletico’s palisade in goal, followed by two goals in extra time from the substitute Marcos Llorente and the icing on the cake for the Spanish giants by Alvaro Morata, sending the Kop end at Anfield to a complete blackout.

The arrogance of Liverpool was thoroughly broken down on and off the pitch by Atletico Madrid and their fans as they brought in an Everton flag to troll the Reds at the stadium.

Amusingly, this has to be the first occasion in a long time that an Everton flag has witnessed a victory against Liverpool at Anfield.

The loss has spelled an atmosphere of frustration and embarrassment amongst the Liverpool faithful.

Jurgen Klopp now must help the boys keep their heads steady and react accordingly to the defeat in an attempt to hang on to the only title left to fight for, the Premier League.

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Heavily rumored transfer target found glued to his TV set as Manchester United beat City at Old Trafford

Manchester United have had a prominent start to the second half of the season and continue to be on a roll with a ten match unbeaten streak, demonstrating some of the finest performances the club has seen this season.

The fans can be grateful of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who seems to have turned the tide for the United side, who were struggling quite a bit during the first half of the season.

However, even with their sluggish form, Manchester United still managed to churn out some decent results against some of the strongest sides as the draw against Liverpool and wins against the likes of Chelsea and Leicester City comes to mind.

This paradoxical nature of the club adds some extra spice of entertainment to the big Premier League clashes, gathering some of the most avid viewers around the globe.

But their exploits against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City caught the attention of one of the most heavily-rumored transfer targets for next season – Jack Grealish.

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything out of the ordinary with the player seemingly enjoying some good dosage of football entertainment.

However, the fact that the Aston Villa star is heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils provides some additional zest to the story.

The United boss mentioned after the derby win, “we know we lack one, two or three players and some experience, to be considered a title contender” and the manager seem to have already identified Grealish, Maddison and Sancho as one requirements for the summer, according to the reports.

The United fans are hot on the heels of the recent developments, especially after Dybala was caught with a similar escapade in his girlfriend’s TikTok video, a little more than a week ago.

Having steadied the ship at Manchester, Solskjaer would hope to have a few more stars up his rank going into the next season as a busy summer transfer window awaits the Red Devils.

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On Repeat: Mason Mount unleashed a pass of the season contender with this long-range dipping effort during Everton win

The 2019/20 season has been nothing short of a revelation for Chelsea. The Blues, renowned for their money-backed approach in building their squad, had to reassess their transfer strategy given the recent two-window transfer ban.

Going into the season with a young manager in charge, and having to rely on the young guns raised quite a bit of concern among the fans.

However, the trust put into the young team by the management has certainly paid dividends as Chelsea currently stand 4th in the Premier League table and have cemented their place in the FA Cup Quarters, beating Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on the way.

The performance of their academy graduates, such as Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori and more recently Billy Gilmour has been immensely fruitful for the London club. However, the player that seems to come of his age the most is the number 19, Mason Mount.

Following a productive loan spell at the Championship side Derby County, the 22-year-old has quickly established himself as a starter in the Chelsea squad and with each matchday, the young prospect seems to be growing more and more into his game.

The midfielder brings to the table a perfect blend of creativity and work-rate and with his incisive passing and silky feet, the player has earned himself a huge admirer in Frank Lampard.

Mount’s potential was on full display in Chelsea’s recent showdown against Everton as the Englishman pulled off a delightful 60-yard pass across the field that seemed to get stuck in the air as it travelled towards the feet of the Chelsea full-back with great precision.

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Mount also broke his 18-game goal drought as he opened the scoring for Chelsea, thanks to a smooth turn and finish to the bottom left corner that gave his England team-mate Jordan Pickford no chance.

A sign of great things to come for the Blues as they look to hold on to the Champions League spots and hopefully get their hands on the FA Cup to show for their exploits.

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(Video) Peak shithousery as Liverpool fan Sean McGurk holds up ‘six fingers’ after scoring a goal against Man Utd U18

If you think rivalries would be any less heated in a youth game, then you’re in for a rude awakening.

Manchester United youngsters made history against Wigan Athletic U-18s as they qualified for the FA Youth Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2012.

The topsy-turvy nature of the match saw some decent performances from the goalscorers Shola Shoretire, Ajodeji Sotona and the defender Teden Mengi.

However, it was the Liverpool born Sean McGurk who managed to occupy the heads of the United supporters.

Following an excellent strike in the first half which brought the Latics level, the 16-year-old had the audacity to run straight and shove six fingers at United fans, representing Liverpool’s six UCL titles.

Needless to say, this got the Old Trafford boiling with anger.

Later, with the things heating up, the Wigan striker was met with shrewd chants from the United faithful after his night on the pitch ended with an injury.

Peak shithousery from both parties involved.

In the end the United boys claimed the victory via Sotona’s winner.

Nonetheless, this will be the moment from the game the Liverpool fans will be taking note of and who knows, Sean McGurk, who clearly seems to be a Liverpool fan, might become one for the future for the Reds.

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(Video) Olympiakos defender was every Arsenal fan after Aubameyang missed an absolute sitter from point-blank range

The Europa League tie against Olympiakos Piraeus marks the end of Arsenal’s European adventure as Mikel Arteta’s men were sent crashing out of the competition by a 119th minute winner from Youssef El-Arabi in disheartening fashion.

The Greek side came to the Emirates with a plan and duly frustrated the home team by sitting deep inside their own half, disrupting the free flowing game that Arteta would’ve wished to see. They even got a goal to show for their efforts which came via Cisse’s header in the 53rd minute.

Meanwhile, Arsenal were complacent in their defending, particularly on set pieces, and were limited to 0 shots on target all way way up till the 77th minute.

As the match went to extra time, Aubameyang emerged with a sumptuous bicycle kick goal to put the Gunners ahead in the tie.

However, the joy was short-lived, as Youssef El-Arabi capitalized on yet another defensive lapse from the Arsenal defence, this time on a half-cleared corner.

But the contest was far from over, and still had one last moment of action as the Gabonese striker found himself with a gilt-edged opportunity, six-yards out from the goal in the very last minute of the game.

It wasn’t to be though for Auba and Arsenal as, with the goal at his mercy, he dragged the shot wide.

No one in the stadium, including the Olympiakos defender Ousseynou Ba, could quite apprehend how the striker failed to put the ball in the back of the net.

The number 24, stood in disbelief, with hands on his head, summing up the reaction from the Gooners.

Although it was relief that followed the defender, for Aubameyang and the home fans, it was sheer agony.

It hurts“, said the Arsenal boss after the match and it indeed does, in more ways than one.

Fingers are now being pointed out at Arteta for the lack of rotation in the team and other in-game decisions as Arsenal might have just lost their best shot at the Champions League spot for the next season.

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What Ter Stegen did in the 95th minute of Napoli draw shows how Liverpool still haunt Barcelona

It’s been about about ten months since that special night at Anfield when Liverpool crushed Barcelona 4-0 to qualify for the Champions League final in Madrid last season.

The task for Jurgen Klopp’s men seemed to be a huge mountain to climb after a 3 goal deficit from the first leg, however, the spirit, passion, work-rate and a moment of genius between Trent Alexander-Arnold & Divock Origi saw the Reds pull off a miracle.

The nature of the loss was the most daunting to take for the Culés.

With the game tied on aggregate, Alexander-Arnold came up with the goods for Liverpool on the 79th minute.

The right-back was on the money with his quickly taken corner as Origi finished off the move to put the Reds through to the final.

A season after, the Origi winner still seems to haunt the minds of the Barcelona defence.

Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen must have got a surge of those memories pouring in during Barcelona’s recent Champions League tie as he screamed at Nelson Semedo for switching off while facing a last-minute corner against Napoli, with the right-back immediately making amends.

Knocked out of Europe’s most prestigious club competition for 4 seasons running, one can understand why Barcelona players would be especially careful to avoid another ‘corner taken quickly’ moment.

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Current and former Arsenal players loved what Serge Gnabry wrote on social media after Chelsea win

It’s no secret how Arsenal fans would cherish the return of their former prodigy, Serge Gnabry.

The German ace has experienced a meteoric rise in his career ever since his move to the Bundesliga after a disappointing loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.

Following a stellar season at Werder Bremen, German Champions, Bayern Munich pounced upon the talent to replace the ageing Robben and Ribéry.

Those were big shoes to fill in, however, Gnabry stood up to the task brilliantly, scoring 13 goals and providing 9 assists in his first season at the club.

Although he hasn’t looked back since, London still seems to play a role in his career.

With a brace in the 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge last night, the German has now amassed 6 goals in two tantalizing displays against London clubs in the Champions League this season, which includes the famous four-goal haul against Spurs back in October last year.

Arsenal faithful were delighted to see their PL rival get thrashed in Europe by one of their academy products.

And it wasn’t just the fans who celebrated, as current and former Arsenal players thronged to Serge Gnabry’s Instagram post which simply read, “London still red..” –

Needless to say fans loved how Wilshere, Bellerin, Chambers, Ox and Jeff Reine-Adelaide reunited to represent one big Arsenal family at the expense of Chelsea.

As they say, once a Gooner always a Gooner!

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Saka and Nketiah ‘connect’ fabulously on social media after linking up for Arsenal in win against Everton

Arsenal maintained their unbeaten run in 2020 as the fans at the Emirates stadium witnessed their team put up a scintillating display in the 3-2 comeback win against Everton.

The Gunners saw themselves fall behind in the very first minute of the game. However, the belief in the team did not diminish as academy product Edward Nketiah brought them level just before Aubameyang momentarily put Arsenal ahead.

Despite conceding a late first half equalizer, the home team came roaring back into the lead as Aubameyang again slotted the ball in the back of the net just after the restart, which proved to be the winning goal.

Besides amassing 3 points in a bid to secure the Champions League spot for next season, another reason for the fans to be euphoric is the growing partnership between Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka, who linked up together to score Arsenal’s first goal in the game.

The connection between the two was evident on the field and off of it as well as both Saka and Nketiah went pun-crazy in their celebrations after the win on social media.

Arsenal fans would have loved how both the players used jargons one generally uses while talking about mobile phones connectivity as they celebrated combining for the goal and the overall win against Everton.

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The goal also saw them break Arsenal’s 12-year old record of a Premier League goal being scored and assisted by two under-21 players, previously held by Nicklas Bendtner and Denilson.

Saka & Nketiah have known each other from their time in the academy and the duo could prove vital as Arteta’s men hope to see the rest of the season off by providing the fans with some beautiful football and hopefully a Champions League spot in the process.

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Photo – Eden Hazard caught wearing Chelsea shin pads in Real Madrid’s game against Levante

The football gods have been cruel towards former Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

The Belgian international has been a shadow of his former self ever since his move to Real Madrid with fitness issues and injury problems plaguing the start of his career in Spain.

Hazard was considered one of the best players in Europe during his time in London, having won the Premier League and the Europa League twice with Chelsea while scoring a whopping 110 goals and providing 92 assists in the process.

Hazard duly established himself as a darling and a legend amongst the Blues faithful.

And he still continues to rep the London side despite his move to the Los Blancos as the Belgian was captured wearing his custom-made Chelsea shin pads during Real Madrid’s defeat against Levante.

However, things are going from bad to worse for Hazard at his dream club.

After what was only his second appearance since returning from a 16-match absence due to an ankle injury, he suffered another fracture to the same ankle.

It’s still early days with respect to Eden Hazard’s Madrid career but his current situation begs us to ask the question, if a return to Chelsea is still on the cards for the Belgian.

Stamford Bridge certainly wouldn’t mind watching their beloved son back in the blue kit again.

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Photo – Liverpool fans are in awe of this away kit concept in purple/gold

The month of March dawns upon the football world as various Premier League clubs buckle up for the final stretch of the season.

This also spells the time when the fans get to have an exclusive look at their team’s future kits as leaks of various club’s 20/21 outfits have popped up online.

Many designers, as well as the fans themselves, take this opportunity to showcase their own talent, resulting in some of the most eye-catching displays we’ve seen, as already demonstrated in the recent Spurs and Arsenal concept kits.

Now, it’s time for Liverpool fans to relish as Twitter user @_ZieDaen decided to inject his creativity to present them with a rejuvenated away concept kit for the 20/21 season, photoshopped over Mohamed Salah.

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With an interesting choice of design palette, the kit comprises a neat midnight purple base along with contrasting golden templates over the sleeves, collars and logos to provide an overall alluring look.

Needless to say, Liverpool fans were duly mesmerized by the new design-

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The overall outfit certainly packs a punch as the visualization has been a reason for genuine enthusiasm amongst LFC fans and they’d expect Nike to present an equivalent, if not a better model for the Reds next season.

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(Video) Celtic fans share footage of the ‘half-time rave’ at Parken arena in Copenhagen

European nights are always a sight to behold with clubs from various corners of the continent battling it out on the big stage.

The atmosphere in and around the stadiums hosting the event is sublime with fans exhilarated to see their sides trade blows with some of the best clubs in Europe.

Such was the case in Parken Stadium as “Tsunami” ripped through the arena in the Europa League clash between FC Copenhagen and Scottish Premiership giants Celtic.

The home and away fans bounced in harmony as the beat dropped in one of the all time greatest EDM tracks ever at half-time.

Celtic fans took to social media to share this euphoric experience in Denmark –

Such is the synergy between the fans, it makes their trip to the stadium worth every penny and sets up the kind of content the internet likes to see.

As for Celtic, they take back home a relatively positive result thanks to Odsonne Edouard’s goal and Fraser Forster’s heroics with the penalty save.

The Celts faithful would envisage repeating the chant in the return leg at the Celtic Park, which, with its capacity of 60,411, would be absolutely deafening.

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New Tottenham concept kit doing the rounds online looks ‘1000x better’ than the leaked design

Football kits have become symbolic in nature and ignite a sense of emotion and pride in the hearts of the fans. The growing competence amongst the Premier League clubs means that the aspect of the kits now has more significance behind it than ever before. With mega-corporations such as Nike and Adidas thriving off the industry, fans expect them to deliver the best of kits to represent their favourite clubs.

Talking of Tottenham Hotspur, they’ve held up their plain white home kit ever since the dawn of the Premier League era. Because of the sheer monotonicity, Nike, Spurs’ kit sponsors since 2017, have opted to go for a new approach.

The leaked images via Footy Headlines showcases the possible 20-21 Tottenham strip, which comprises of some broad variations and designs, something which one rarely associates with a Spurs kit.

It pairs the traditional white base of the home kit with navy and yellow trim, and accompanied on the inside are lateral zig-zag templates that mirror the style.

Although eye-catching for a Spurs kit, the fans, fair to say, weren’t too impressed with the offering as Twitter expressed some polarizing views on the topic.

However, an alternative fan-made concept kit, which hit the internet soon after the leak, seems to be doing the “business” for the time being –

The new illustration replaces the yellow patches of the leaked kit with an overall navy and cyanic blue theme. It places the sponsorship logo over a graffiti-esque design with the inner zig-zag patterns substituted with basic harmonious outlines.

The concept kit also combines the traditional pristine white look with unique templates to breathe new life into the strip.

The re-imagination was duly appreciated by the fans but left them with much more to desire from their club’s outfits next season.

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Timo Werner and Naby Keita linkup on the cards as new SportBild report links Liverpool with RB Leipzig star

Dynamic positional play, breathtaking counter-attacks and ruthless finishing have been the standard of Liverpool’s deadly attack.

Jurgen Klopp expects nothing less than workmen like displays from his team, week in and week out.

With the lightning-quick attack consisting of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, a sturdy midfield and a rock-solid defence, this Liverpool side already appears to be top-notch in its current shape.

However, the club’s scouts are always on the lookout for the best of talents around the globe in order to reinforce the squad.

Having already procured the signing of midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, Klopp might once again be eyeing the Bundesliga club to bolster up his squad.

Liverpool fans are hot on the heels of the new rumour as the reliable German news reporter, Christian Falk from SportBild reported today about Liverpool’s interest in Timo Werner.

According to the report, the Leipzig striker has a release clause of about 60m euros, a fee that would certainly feel like a bargain for a player of his calibre, especially considering today’s inflated market.

Werner has amassed a staggering 20 goals in the current Bundesliga season, lagging only two goals behind Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski for the Torjägerkanone (top-scorers trophy).

Thanks to his contribution, Leipzig are just one point behind Bayern in a fiercely contested title race. With quite a bit of pace and top-notch finishing in his locker, Werner seems to tick all the boxes for Liverpool.

His understanding with Naby Keita can also be something which might have attracted Klopp’s interest as a clip of the dynamic duo ripping apart Bundesliga defences for fun back in their Leipzig days has been making rounds on the internet –

However, Liverpool need to be wary as they are not alone in the race to sign the German ace with interests from European giants like Bayern and other Premier League clubs as well.

The Reds faithful would hope that the club’s sporting director, Michael Edwards can strike the deal to bring Timo Werner at Anfield as early as the upcoming summer transfer window.

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(Video) Romelu Lukaku seems to have taken a dig at Man Utd with his ‘keep talking’ celebration after goal against Milan

The resurgence of the Milan clubs has breathed new life into the Derby della Madonnina. The Milan derby was never short of emotions but has again started to be the centre of attention with the advent of iconic and revitalized players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku taking part in the contest.

Both were involved in the goals as Antonio Conte’s men completed an emphatic comeback after Zlatan put AC Milan 2 goals ahead with a goal just before half-time.

Former Manchester United frontman Romelu Lukaku took it to the celebration, suspected to be aimed at his former employers, to silence his critics after applying the finishing touch to the goal that put the match to bed.

The Belgian striker was a subject of heavy criticism from United fans, former players, the media as well as from the managerial staff for not delivering up to the expectations.

He expressed in an interview following his move to Inter that he didn’t feel ‘protected’ enough at Manchester and was made United’s scapegoat whenever the team struggled to get positive results.

Lukaku is putting in progressively better performances for the Milan side having already set a record for the Nerazzurri for becoming the fastest player in the club’s history to score 20 goals across all competitions.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are still struggling to sort out their problems in attack with Marcus Rashford out injured for a long spell and having signed Odion Ighalo in an attempt to steady the ship.

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Pablo Mari signing brings back the kind of confusion not seen at Arsenal since the days of Ox and Gibbs

Ever had a low-quality stream, your team scores and you aren’t able to identify who did? We have all been there as football fans.

Although, when it comes to officiating, cases of mistaken identity are few and far between in football.

One of the rare instances of mistaken identity involved the infamous sending off of Kieran Gibbs for a handball committed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back in the 2013-14 Premier League season.

The bogus decision from the referee Andre Marriner came in Arsenal’s match against Chelsea as the Blues downed the Gunners to a 6-0 defeat which proved to be costly for Arsenal in the title race.

Arsenal fans are recovering the shades of those memories as new signing Pablo Mari and Ceballos look eerily similar.

Although the loan signing from Flamengo is yet to play a game for the Gunners, fans around the globe got to catch a glimpse of him at one of Arsenal’s open training sessions.

Consequently, the spectators were left deceived by the looks of the new signing Pablo Mari and Dani Ceballos with only the kit numbers being helpful to differentiate between the two.

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Many fans on Twitter have pointed out the same.

Some suspect that a similar mishap as in 2014 might repeat itself, this time involving the two Arsenal loanees but the possibilities are rather slim with the advent of VAR in the Premier League, which is specifically involved if there is a case of mistaken identity.

However, considering many erroneous decisions from VAR throughout the season, nothing can be excluded.

Also, it’s going to be one hell of a task for the Arsenal followers to recognise the two of them through their TV screens and from the back of the stands if Mikel Arteta decides to put both of them on the pitch together.

The chance to prove himself might come sooner for Pablo Mari, as Mikel Arteta eases the centre-back into the team during the winter break and deems him ready to get going against Newcastle United.

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Man Utd fans not happy with Paul Scholes after latest IG post appears to take shots at new boy Odion Ighalo

Manchester United made a shock deadline day move as they opted to acquire the services of Odion Ighalo, on loan from Chinese club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.

The Nigerian international is supposed to be the solution to the Red Devils’ attacking equation as Marcus Rashford is forced to serve a long spell out of action after suffering a serious injury.

In the thick of optimistic fans and the hopeful United boss, former legend Paul Scholes aimed a sly dig at the new acquisition.

A recent post on Schole’s Instagram handle has United fans provoked.

The Englishman can be seen posing with a fellow retired professional Dwight Yorke, who himself served Manchester United in the Premier League as a forward for a spell ranging from 1998 to 2002, both of whom Ighalo named as his idols growing up.

The post is being identified as a jibe at either United’s new loanee, Odion Ighalo or towards the weak performances of Anthony Martial, who failed to find the back of the net since January.

This interpretation of the caption is only supported by Patrice Evra’s comment following the post.

Either way, Manchester United fans are left infuriated by Scholes’ cryptic Instagram post.

Check out the reaction below –

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