On Sunday March 14 2021, Manchester United hosted West Ham.
To say West Ham lacked ambition in the first half would be an understatement.
Manchester United had put in a lot of effort and deserved to lead at the break, but an awful miss and a brilliant save did not let that happen.
Though West Ham found the net, it was unfortunately their own. McTominay thought he had scored it though, and celebrated, and for a while no one was really sure that he hadn’t. Dawson’s mistake cost the Hammers greatly.
United won by an own goal, but they definitely deserved the 3 points they got, and solidified their position in second-place, while West Ham remain in 5th place.
And it’s all over. The Premier League season is done and what an interesting season it has been.
We’ve gone through managers and players, some even switching teams during this season, and we’ve had happy times and heartbreaks.
There are some major talking points from this season, the most important being…
MANCHESTER CITY WON THE LEAGUE!!
And by only one point over Liverpool. But the Reds have assured the second time champions that they are still very much around and will be coming back with a vengeance. This makes it City’s 4th Premier League win and their second one in a row.
MANCHESTER UNITED WAS BEATEN BY A RELEGATED TEAM
Winning has really not been United’s forte these recent times, as they’ve only won 3 out of 23 league fixtures. They decided to end the league by losing 2-nil at home to 18th placed Cardiff City who won’t even be here next season. Well Ole has a whole summer to sort his squad out so let’s hope next season is better.
EPL GOLDEN BOOT WON BY THREE AFRICAN PLAYERS
Three African players shared the top-scorer title: Mohammed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool), Sadio Mané (Senegal, Liverpool) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Arsenal) all scored 22 goals to emerge as the joint winners of the EPL Golden Boot. Great news for Jürgen Klopp to have two of his players as top goal scorers at the end of the season. It just goes to show how close Liverpool was to winning the league.
There were other Premier League awards given on Sunday, like the Golden Glove which went to Liverpool’s Alisson Becker who had 21 clean sheets this season and the EPL Playmaker Award went to Eden Hazard from Chelsea for his high total of 15 assists this season.
Yesterday all teams played their final matches and here are all the scores:
Is this the Champions League or the Champignons League, because the mushrooms seem more interesting than some of the results and matches being played.
What’s wrong with the Champions League? Does no one actually want to win this? Because I’m confused and so are other fans.
Everyone’s playing so badly. Or are they tired of trying?
Manchester United 0 – Barcelona 1
This match confused me to say the least. I believe that the teams in the quarter-final should be top ones and yet, many play such uninteresting football with a lack of determination.
Manchester United went in as the obvious underdogs but had the so-called ‘home advantage’. Barcelona, rulers of La Liga, were favourites to win, with #MessiinManchester trending for about a week now.
So why, pray tell, was the match so flat?
Barcelona played ‘less worse’ than United and that was the main reason they shone. Their stats were high because the Red Devils didn’t even try. A number of times, the ball rolled past players with no one moving to catch it. Passes were sloppy and both teams did not play like they had any objectives.
Ten minutes after kick off, Barcelona began a two minute play which consisted of forty-eight passes led to a header by Luis Suarez and a deflection off Luke Shaw and the only goal of the match.
The ball looked liked it had been pushed by the Uruguayan’s shoulder not his head, but through VAR, the goal was awarded anyway. (Such great software.)
Luke Shaw then went on to get himself booked, ruling him out of the next leg. As did Sergio Busquets for a foul on Paul Pogba.
The goal seemed to awaken something in the hosts, as Chris Smalling’s aggressiveness led to a rearrangement of Lionel Messi’s face and a bloody nose which kept him subdued for the rest of the match.
Apart from the chance missed by Diogo Dalot and Philippe Coutinho’s shot blocked by De Gea’s boot, the match remained uneventful, as Barcelona stayed on their side of the pitch for most of the rest of the second half.
Manchester United missed their chance to get one up on a sub-par Barcelona and at home which was a wasted gift, if you ask me. That definitely won’t be the case in the next leg and it would take some magic greater than the PSG miracle from the round of 16 for United to progress.
Ajax 1 – Juventus 1
‘The Old Lady’ definitely brought game to Amsterdam last night, as the great CR7 made his presence known after fumbling for most of the first half, mostly through no fault of his own, but Ajax really brought the heat with rapid fire attacks.
The hosts played beautiful football and had many attempts at goal, with a dangerous one from duo Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech but Juventus keeper, Wojciech Szczensy, stopped the wonderful effort from being a ‘goal of the season’ contender.
A few minutes to half-time, however the match tipped in favour of the visitors when Ronaldo ran about 40 yards to catch a cross from fellow Portuguese Joao Cancelo and headed it home blazing past Andre Onana.
This marked Ronaldo’s eighth goal against Ajax and his twenty-fourth Champions League goal in twenty appearances. Just shows that he is the GOAT.
But this goal, if anything, just intensified the determination of the Sons of God, with Matthijs de Ligt running all over the pitch, terrorising the Italian club.
And so thirty seconds after return from half-time, Ajax’s David Neres took advantage of a cheap mistake by Cancelo and weaved through the defense before curling a sweet shot in the right corner of the net, leaving Szczensy with no chance. (That’s a hard name to type.)
Ajax piled on pressure with two other attempts and Juventus were denied a penalty based on VAR. (Again, such great software.)
Nineteen year old Ajax substitute, Jürgen Ekkelenkamp (these names though) took a shot at goal which was stopped by Juve’s keeper. Douglas Costa who came on for Mario Mandzukic wriggled past two Ajax players, only to hit the bar.
This leaves the score even, giving Juventus a slight edge, as the next leg will be played in Turin.
Manchester United suffered yet another embarrassing defeat yesterday at the Molineux, the home of the Wolverhampton Wanderers.
This is the second game played away at Wolves this season and United still managed to be beaten by two goals to one.
It’s Ole’s first defeat as official manager of Manchester United, and it seemed that the Reds did not want the three points as much as Wolves did.
With Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard both missing clear headers from close range and captain Ashley Young sent off after a messy tackle on the Wolves goal scorer, Scott McTominay’s early efforts to score a goal were effectively cancelled out.
United played about an hour with only ten men and against a very good opposing No.1, Rui Patricio, in Wolverhampton’s team who blocked McTominay’s two other attempts.
A strike from Diogo Jota and an own goal from Chris Smalling handed Wolves the three points on a silver platter.
Understandably, the United gaffer was confused and disappointed that his side could not convert their chances.
“They scored with their first chance after the sending off, about 20-25 minutes after the sending off. So, the boys have done exactly what they’re meant to– but we conceded goals from sloppy mistakes and we didn’t score ourselves.“
He continued, “Of course, it’s three points [dropped] and we knew that we’d have to have 15 points probably to get that position [fourth]. We’ve still got 6 games to get them 15 points. So we’ve just got to look forward and dust ourselves down, because [it was a] disappointing result, but a very good performance.”
Had United won this match, they would have moved straight to third place on the Premier League table with 64 points, however, it was not to be.
Now they’re out of the Champions League group of top four teams, will they be able to struggle their way into fourth?
Manchester United have now confirmed Ole Gunnar Solskjær as their manager for 3 years.The former United player will now have an official job as the manager of the Red Devil’s and this news has a lot of people excited about what more the “Baby-faced Assassin” has to offer the club and the fans.
Today marked a complete turnaround in the performance of Manchester United, a foremost English Premier League club.
Former manager José Mourinho had been in charge for about two and a half years before his not so unexpected sack four days ago on Tuesday, December 18. His stay at the club had been turbulent to say the least, with rumours that he had completely lost club support as well as the support of his players near the end of his time at the club.
So it really did not come as much of a surprise, not just to Manchester United fans but to the football world, when the club released an official statement regarding José Mourinho’s sack.
What did come as a surprise, however, was the person appointed as the interim manager. The person in question? Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær spent most of his career playing for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson from 1996 till 2007. Nicknamed “The Baby-faced Assassin”, he played 366 times for United, and scored 126 goals during a successful period for the club.
He has worked his magic again tonight, giving Manchester United their most prolific start in the Premier League since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Red Devils have had to endure a prolonged and greatly humbling fall from grace as football royalty since the iconic Sir Alex retired in 2013.
David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and José Mourinho have now joined the list of sacked United bosses with Solskjær joining Ryan Giggs in the ranks of caretaker managers who coincidentally also played under Scottish United royalty, Sir Alex.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær gave the team a dream start, with the club scoring five goals away from home after suffering defeat in similar situations under José Mourinho.
Marcus Rashford opened scoring in the third minute, with United surprising their fans with fast-paced, aggressive play, with Paul Pogba playing an important part in the goals scored and chances created. Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, who bagged a brace, also scored against the South Wales team, Cardiff.
True, Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjær still have plenty of work to do if they want to salvage their season and the club’s reputation, but this is a wonderful start.
United is still sixth in the Premier League table for now, however the fans look to the future with hope, optimism and positivity.
An eight-point gap still lies between them and a top four spot, but that challenge now looks not as daunting as it did just last weekend.