Twitter Awakens From its Slumber After Man Utd Play Out Turgid Europa League Draw in Brugge

Man Utd limped to a 1-1 draw at Club Brugge in a very lacklustre Europa League last 32 first leg performance which did little to inspire the masses.

It could have been worse for United had Antony Martial not reacted smartly to grab an equaliser after Dennis had shown predatory instincts of his own to fire Brugge in front. ​

United will be pleased to come away with the tie in the balance after a very undesirable display, in which a lot of anger was directed at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to tinker with the team.

It’s fair to say that many fans weren’t exactly ecstatic by their sides showing, here’s what they thought.


Boss Solskjaer made six personnel changes following his side’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday night.

And it wasn’t long before ​Man Utd fans were bemoaning Olé’s decision to play Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira together…

 

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​​Their mood wasn’t improved when Romero raced out of his goal and the quick thinking Bonaventure saw the ball lobbed over him to give Brugge the lead…

It was quite clear who the blame was levelled at.

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A really lacklustre performance from Man Utd, then…

And then an absolute gift from the hosts… teenager De Cuyper threw the ball straight to Martial who made no mistake, and United fans were back on song.

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Although some spectators were slightly more realistic…

And despite the reprieve, United fans were realistic about their team’s sub-par performance at the break…

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​​There was a real growing frustration among those supporting the Premier League side… and you can guess who were bearing the brunt of the abuse.

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Then a decision from the United boss that baffled many, Martial had been the one shining light yet the Norwegian chose to replace him.

There was a glimmer of hope that Bruno Fernandes may come to United’s rescue. His introduction off the bench, certainly improved matters.

​​But it was too little too late as United were unable to find a winner. It was a desperate display at times, but United grabbed a crucial away goal, every cloud right?

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RB Leipzig Boss Julian Nagelsmann Warns Timo Werner Against Joining Liverpool

​Amid reports that Liverpool are leading the race to sign striker Timo Werner in the summer, RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has warned his man about signing for the Reds.

This 23-year-old has gathered plenty of interest, with his goalscoring exploits catching the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Scoring a remarkable 20 goals in just 22 appearances in Germany’s top tier in 2019/20, he has become recognised as one of the most exciting attackers in the world.

No wonder, then, that reigning world and European champions ​Liverpool are after his services. However, his head coach has advised him not to be hasty.

Speaking to Sport Bild (via the ​Liverpool Echo) Nagelsmann said: “It would be more difficult for Timo Werner to play at Liverpool than at Leipzig. He will not get the status he has here in the first few years and I tell him that too.”

He added: “The boys are seeing how we are developing and how much potential we have. We don’t leave anyone, who helps us, defenceless.”

Despite his best efforts, and although what he says makes good sense, it’s unlikely that these comments will be enough to convince Werner to stay in Germany.

Timo Werner

Moving to Anfield would offer the prolific goalscorer the chance of playing alongside the likes of ​Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Virgil van Dijk – not least to mention the service he would be provided will without doubt be far superior to what he currently receives.

Just imagine him leading the line at the home of the soon-to-be confirmed ​Premier League champions; Liverpool’s attack would somehow be even scarier than it already is.

The transfer would also offer Werner some vital competition, with the Reds’ existing number nine ​Roberto Firmino. This would likely be a blessing for his career as it would force him to reach new levels and help him to fulfil his sky-high potential.

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Jürgen Klopp Pens Heartwarming Response to Young Man Utd Fan Who Asked Liverpool to Lose

A young Manchester United fan who wrote to Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp asking him to ‘make [Liverpool] lose’ has received a surprise response.

Liverpool are currently 22 points clear of their nearest challenger Manchester City and are just weeks away from being crowned Premier League champions for the first time. Having won every league game this campaign bar a draw at rivals United, Klopp’s side are on course to break a whole host of records.

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Ten-year-old United fan Daragh Curley reached out to Klopp and explained that the Reds’ winning streak is making him ‘very sad’ and requested the ​Liverpool boss make his side lose. As reported by the ​Daily Mail, the youngster’s letter read as follows:

“Dear Jurgen Klopp, My name is Daragh. I am 10 years old. I go to Glenswilly N.S in Donegal. I support Man United and the reason I am writing is to complain.

“Liverpool are winning too many games. If you win nine more games then you have the best unbeaten run in English football. Being a United fan that is very sad.

“So the next time Liverpool play please make them lose. You should just let the other team score. I hope I have convinced you to not win the league or win another match ever again. Yours sincerely, Daragh.”

Despite Liverpool’s hectic schedule as they compete on three fronts, both domestically and in Europe, Klopp took the time to respond to the youngster, but he couldn’t provide the response the ​United fan was hoping for.

Jurgen Klopp

He wrote: “Unfortunately, on this occasion I cannot grant your request, not through choice anyway.

“As much as you want Liverpool to lose, it is my job to do everything that I can to help Liverpool to win as there are millions of people around the world who want that to happen so I really do not want to let them down.”

Although Klopp conceded he was unable to sabotage his team’s run to the ​Premier League title, he did have a heartwarming message for the youngster.

“I can safely say that one thing that will not change is your passion for football and for your club. Manchester United are lucky to have you.

“Although our clubs are great rivals we also share a great respect for one another. This, to me, is what football is all about.”

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Liverpool host West Ham on Monday night as they look to stretch their unbeaten league run to 27 games this season and heap further misery on their Manchester rivals.

Young Daragh will be hoping ex-United boss David Moyes can grant him his wish, even if Jürgen Klopp can’t.

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Liverpool ‘Anxious’ Over Jordan Henderson Injury Ahead of Key Run of Games

​Liverpool are growing increasingly concerned over the severity of the knock that forced club captain Jordan Henderson to be substituted in their Champions League round of 16 tie with Atlético Madrid in midweek, with the skipper due to have a scan on the injury.

The 29-year-old was withdrawn by manager Jürgen Klopp in the 80th minute on Tuesday after he went to ground with a hamstring problem, and he was then was seen limping out of Wanda Metropolitano – intensifying the worries of all concerned.

In the post-match press conference, Klopp commented on the skipper’s injury (via ​Off The Post): “Hendo felt his hamstring unfortunately. We have to wait. He was not too concerned but enough to go off obviously.”

Club staff are anxious that ​Henderson may miss a key period of the season with a congested fixture list approaching. Fixtures against Watford and Bournemouth sandwich the FA Cup fifth round tie at Chelsea, in addition to the home leg of their last 16 ​Champions League clash with Atlético on 11 March.

As the current favourite for the PFA Player of the Year award, it is understandable that his absence will leave a large void in Liverpool’s side, while he holds the team together with his incredible work ethic and leadership capabilities.

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It is unclear at this stage how long the England international will be sidelined for, but the Reds have accepted defeat in the race to have him available for their next outing at home to ​West Ham on Monday.

More information will arise in the next few days as the results of the midfielder’s scan are revealed, leaving ​Liverpool fans and club staff anxious as they wait.

It is expected that Fabinho will fill in for Henderson for the time being, but even a player of the Brazilian’s calibre won’t quite fill the gap that the club captain will leave.

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Borussia Dortmund Star Erling Haaland Reveals He Idolised Forgotten Swansea Cult Hero as a Kid

Erling Haaland’s meteoric rise this season has been nothing short of extraordinary. The 19-year-old has captured people’s imaginations and set a string of goalscoring records along the way. 

His father – Alf-Inge Haaland – was a professional footballer himself, carving out an impressive career in England playing for Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City. 

It was not Haaland Snr that Erling idolised when he was younger, though…

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No, his allegiances belonged to a man whose name has not been spoken for many years, despite his cult status. 

We’ll give you a clue. He is a ​Swansea City cult hero and no, it is not Lee Trundle. 

The player Haaland modelled himself on was… Michu. 

Signed from Rayo Vallecano for just £2m in 2012, the Spaniard soon proved to be one of the biggest bargains in Premier League history. Given the number nine shirt, Michu operated as a kind of false nine for the Swans, though that did not stop him registering a ridiculous amount of goals.

He netted on 18 occasions in the league during the 2012/2013 campaign and has a similar stature to the Norwegian prodigy – so it’s not hard to see why Haaland was such a big fan. 

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Haaland’s membership to the Michu fan club was revealed by some impressive detective work by ​AS. The Spanish outlet noticed that the ​Borussia Dortmund star had tagged his hero in some of his earliest Instagram pictures, posted when he was just 13-years-old. 

Michu admitted he was flattered to be idolised by such a talented forward. 

It’s an honour. I think he’s going to be a world-class player,” he told AS. “He’s a much better player than me.”

Unfortunately, the chances of the two ever sharing the field are slim due to the nosedive that Michu’s career took after his breakout season at the Liberty Stadium. 

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In the following campaign injuries hampered his progress leading a to a goal return of just two in 17 league appearances. A disappointing loan spell at Napoli followed before he returned to his boyhood club, Real Oviedo. 

Fitness problems continued to plague Michu resulting in him retiring and moving into football administration in 2017. 

Gone but never forgotten… especially not by Erling Haaland.  


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