Man. Utd Fans Hate van Gaal, Charlie Austin is Special and more from the Man. Utd vs Southampton Game

Boo!: The fans were not happy with Uncle Louis  Credit: Photo by Matt West/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (5556497y)

Boo!: The fans were not happy with Uncle Louis
Credit: Photo by Matt West/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (5556497y)

Another Premier League game. Manchester United had found renewed confidence after their recent wins and Old Trafford seemed like treacherous grounds to play in for Southampton. But the reverse was the case. Here’s some of the action that went down:

Classy Tackle: Claise of Southampton throws one in against Fellaini

Classy Tackle: Claise of Southampton throws one in against Fellaini

A Game of Plenty Tackles, Not Mané Chances
I could, on both hands, count the number of tackles – good tackles – that happened in the 1st half of the game alone and I’d still need both your hands to keep up. If it wasn’t Claise vs every Man. Utd player in sight, it was Wanyama vs Fellaini (a battle the Kenyan won EVERYTIME swords were drawn) or Mané vs Schneiderlin or Smalling vs Long. As the tackles flew in by the bucket, the goal scoring chances became rare by the minute; so rare so that both goalkeepers had literally nothing to do. Now you know how the Saints won the game by scoring the only goal of the game from their only shot on target of the game. #StatsAttack

Boo!: The fans were not happy with Uncle Louis  Credit: Photo by Matt West/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (5556497y)

Boo!: The fans were not happy with Uncle Louis
Credit: Photo by Matt West/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (5556497y)

It was Man. Utd vs their own fans, not Southampton
Quite alright the Red Devils played against the Saints on the pitch but off it, they battled against the cries, middle fingers, swear words and boos hurled at them by their own fans! They were VISIBLY not satisfied with what Rooney and co. were doing on the pitch and some had already left the stadium after only 35 minutes of play. If that happened, you can imagine what the halftime whistle brought along with it: More jeerings and booings (aimed, I think, ultimately at Uncle Louis).

And when Southampton’s Austin nodded the ball past De Gea, you should have seen their faces. Some of them looked like they wanted to just throw themselves at van Gaal and… rip his head off his body! Can’t blame them after they ‘endured’ their team being thoroughly played by Wanyama and co. Talking about Charlie…

Charlie Austin: The man that comes with a assurance of scoring goals
Those were the words of the commentator seconds after Charlie rattled the back of the Man. Utd goal post with his header in the 87th minute. That one goal landed Southampton three points, broke United hearts and Austin, who had only come on in the 2nd half, was the culprit. His move (which seemed like a gamble to me) from QPR had only happened days ago and for him to score on his debut for the Saints, Charlie is a big deal!

Add to that the fact that his goal has heaped more pressure on Louis van Gaal, and you’ll understand just how important Charlie has become for Southampton. Obviously not as important as to slot into the starting XI straight away but obvious, at least, to be looked upon as a goal, on the Southampton bench, waiting to be scored.

On a lighter note, say hello to the mouse that came on to the pitch too!

I’m sure it didn’t have to pay its way into the Theatre of Dreams. Maybe a season-ticket owner…

So what do you think? Should van Gaal be sacked? Was he the reason for Man. Utd’s poor performance? Should Man. Utd stick with Uncle Louis? Leave a comment and let’s discuss.

Image Credits: The Telegraph

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The Tunisians Were ROBBED, Defenseless Super Eagles and More… Things I Learnt from the Tunisia vs Nigeria Game

The game between Tunisia and Nigeria was one between a team with a solitary point and the other with 3 points already after the first round of games at the CHAN tourney taking place in Rwanda. I’m thinking talks of qualifying for the next round (Nigeria) and not qualifying for the knockout phase (Tunisia) must have been part of the epistles both coaches must have preached to the disciples. But what happened on the pitch?

The Tunisians were DESPERATE but…
They did not give themselves away to the Super Eagles. The Northern Africans did their best to pretend – THE WHOLE TIME – that were under pressure. Maybe the pressure of getting booted out of the tournament. And their “acting” paid off. How? Let’s just say they played a little like Barcelona.

They kept ball-possession, their goalkeeper wasn’t, in the least, interested in kicking the ball into the midfield leading to millions of short passes in their own half (excuse my exaggerations). All this was to lure in the Eagle – the Super Eagles – into their own half. Once carried away by trying to regain possession of the ball, the Tunisian defenders made sure they made long passes to the flanks (left and right) where someone was ALWAYS present to receive the ball, heap pressure on the full-backs and cross back into the box where one man was ALWAYS on hand to hold up play and make the most of their opportunities. A. Akaïchi is his name. He made life miserable for Eze (a defender who in my opinion knows little, next to nothing about confidence in football) and deservedly got his goal – his third of the tournament – in the 2nd half of the game. A point earned for acting well. Now they have two. Job welldone Tunisians

Dear Oliseh, Chikatara OBVIOUSLY loves playing in the 2nd Half!
What more can be said about a player who can’t stop scoring more times in the second half than he does in the first? It was glaring from his DISMAL, GONE-AWOL performance in the first 45 of the game. He now has 4 goals – all scored in the second half – and is the leading goalscorer of the competition. I only hope Coach Oliseh has noticed this and will turn this boy’s strength into the TEAM’S strong point. Moving on…

The Tunisians SHOULD HAVE won the game
I mean they should have beaten their West African counterparts hands down and be the team with a leg in the knockout phase of the competition instead of Nigeria. The Tunisians enjoyed themselves while playing against a Nigerian side whose defending were porous and ‘almost’ ran awaybwith the game but the officials who should have made sure of their win made matters worse with their poor officiating – as is associated with referering in this part of the world.

When a team rattles the onion bag twice in the first 30 minutes of the game, you’d expect that they win the game. But football, according to my friend Tella, is still as naughty as used to be. At least they didn’t lose right? Middle finger(s) to poor officiating!

Instead of writing further, I’d rather make worthy mentions of the fact that players like Chikatara, who can’t stop scoring, Usman’s dynamic play and his ever-readiness to accept a pass in the mid-field – although his passes need more work, Ezenwa the goalie who has been impressive so far in the tournament should be allowed to play more for the Super Eagles, in competitions that are not all about African players based in Africa of course.

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