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Man United hold their own in match against Cardiff | Tunde Folawiyo

Dec. 17th 2013

Manchester United, a team which Tunde Folawiyo has supported for decades, has finally begun to recover, after a somewhat disappointing start to the season. Their match against Cardiff led to a draw of 2-2. Although this was not the result that the Red Devils were hoping for, it does mean that the team is now unbeaten in a total of ten games.

Tunde FolawiyoIn their most recent match at Cardiff City Stadium, Wayne Rooney was the subject of considerable criticism. During the seventh minute, he kicked Jordon Mutch with a surprising amount of force; whilst many argued that he should have been sent off for such behaviour, the referee chose to give him a yellow card. He appeared to have redeemed himself eight minutes later, when he caught a cross from Javier Hernández, and skilfully kicked the ball into the net. However, he was denounced by commentators once again during the second half, after his poorly-timed pass failed to provide Danny Welbeck with the chance to score.

Cardiff defended themselves well throughout the match; they managed to equalise soon after Man United’s first goal, thanks to Fraizer Campbell, and they scored a second time when a substitute named Kim Bo-kyung headed the ball into the net at close range. Ryan Giggs was brought on in the 73rd minute, much to the delight of Man United fans. Giggs is considered by many supporters, including Tunde Folawiyo, to be one of the team’s best players of all time. His presence seemed to rally the others, and although no further goals were scored, Man United held their own until the match came to an end.

Unfortunately, the Red Devils were left without their most popular forward, Robin Van Persie, during this match. In the past 16 Premiere League starts, Van Persie has scored an impressive 14 goals. In addition to this, he netted a total of five goals against Tottenham during the previous six league starts.

Some have speculated that his participation would have given the team the edge they needed to defeat Cardiff. Van Persie was struck down with a groin injury some time ago, which he has been unable to recover from. He was ruled out of the Red Devil’s match against Bayer Leverkusen, after missing a training session at Carrington last week, and it is not clear, as of yet, when he will be returning to the pitch, although many are hoping it will be sooner, rather than later.

Man United still in with a chance to win the title | Tunde Folawiyo

Dec. 14th 2013

Just a few weeks ago, Manchester United defeated Arsenal, with a final score of 1-0. One of their more recent matches, against Cardiff, resulted in a 2-2 draw. Although the season got off to a slow start for the Red Devils, things are starting to look up; they have now gone undefeated in 10 games. Currently, the team occupy sixth place on the Premier League table, just seven points behind their long-standing rivals, Arsenal.

Tunde FolawiyoDespite the fact that Man United are not at the top of the league, their confidence does not appear to be wavering; Rio Ferdinand publically stated that the existing scores on the table will be meaningless after the trophy is awarded next summer. He explained that, whilst the draw with Cardiff was disappointing, it’s unlikely to affect Man United’s chances of winning the title.

Ryan Giggs, a midfielder whose technical ability many supporters like Tunde Folawiyo have always witnessed, was equally confident, arguing that Man United are still in with a chance of winning the title, despite their somewhat lacklustre beginnings this season. Giggs did admit that Arsenal were one of the only teams to have performed consistently so far; however, he was quick to point out that a lot could happen between now and May of next year.

Giggs is certainly in the right position to forecast Man United’s future prospects, given that he himself has been with the team for over two decades. His current contract will come to an end at the close of this season, but he has no intention of giving up his career as a midfielder, although he has chosen to take on more coaching duties as of late. Whilst his incredible playing abilities are of course, the main contributing factor to his enduring career, Giggs has chalked it up to simple loyalty, remarking that if he had moved from one club to another over the last few years, his career would most likely be over by now.

Whilst some have attributed Man United’s early failures this season to poor management, many supporters have defended David Moyes, and asked critics to give the former Everton manager the opportunity to redeem himself. Being the successor to Alex Ferguson – arguably one of Man United’s most talented managers – was bound to be challenging, and it may take time for Moyes to settle in. Ferguson’s last home game at Old Trafford this year was attended by thousands of fans, including Tunde Folawiyo; the standing ovation he received at the end of the match served as a testament to his abilities as a manager and leader within the football industry.

Bayer Leverkusen suffer crushing defeat at the hands of Man United | Tunde Folawiyo

Dec. 11th 2013

Manchester United, a team supported by Tunde Folawiyo, have managed to reach the last 16 of the Champion’s League, after heavily defeating Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. It was widely agreed that the latter’s performance has been dismal as of late; Man United defeated them back in September, with a score of 4-2, and in their most recent match, finished with an astounding result of 5-0.

Tunde FolawiyoPrior to the match, Leverkusen had hopes of catching up with Bayern Munich, as they were just four points behind them. However, although they got off to a relatively good start at the Bay-Arena Stadium, things took a turn for the worst when, at 22 minutes in, Evan managed to execute a perfect block of a shot taken by Stefan Kiessling, after which the ball was taken down the other end of the field, where United scored the first goal of the match.

Whilst Wayne Rooney was said to have had a hand in four of the five goals scored by the Red Devils, it was Luis Nani, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Antonio Valencia who ended up putting the ball into the net. Giggs, a player whom many football fanatics like Tunde Folawiyo have always admired, played exceptionally well, clearing up quite a few of the loose touches from Rio Ferdinand, and ensuring that United remained in control of the ball for most of the match.

The team’s athleticism, confidence and technical brilliance allowed them to perform with great flair throughout the match. This was arguably one of Man United’s best away performances within Europe over the last few years. The only time the team has scored higher than this during an away game for the European Cup was in 1957, when they defeated the Shamrock Rovers with a result of 6-0.

Their most recent match speaks volumes about how well David Moyes is adjusting to life at Old Trafford; whilst many people voiced their concerns about whether or not he would be able to fill Ferguson’s shoes, this latest win is likely to assuage any such worries. Moyes himself said that he too, believed it to be their most impressive performance in a long time, due to both the number of goals scored, and the clean sheet. However, he quickly added that he wants this level of play to become ‘a regular thing’ rather than merely a once off.

Tunde Folawiyo | A brief overview of the history of Manchester United

Dec. 3rd 2013

Manchester United Football Club holds a long history, which dates back to the late nineteenth century. Some followers, like Tunde Folawiyo have supported the team throughout, as early as the days of Best and Charlton. It was founded in 1878, and was originally named the Newton Heath LYR Football Club. Employees working at the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway asked their employers to provide them with the funding they needed to establish a football team; the LYR owners agreed, and soon the team began to train on North Road.

At first, they only played matches against teams of other railway workers. However, after several years, their confidence grew, and they decided to enter the 1885 Manchester Cup competition. Despite this being their first ‘professional’ match, the team ended up reaching the final. Inspired by this achievement, they trained diligently for the next year, and in 1886, where named as the Manchester Cup champions.

Tunde FolawiyoIn 1902, the name of the club was changed to Manchester United, and eight years later, the team moved to Old Trafford. John Henry Davies funded the purchasing of the land and the construction of the new stadium, a process which took approximately two years in total. With its modern features, (including a plunge-bath for team players and tip-up seats for fans), it was considered to be one of the finest grounds in England. On the 19th of February, Manchester United played their first match in the stadium; supporters appeared in their droves to cheer them on as they battled against Liverpool.

Today, Manchester United is thought to be one of the most successful clubs throughout the entire history of English football; over the decades, it was won 53 national trophies in total, including 19 FA Charity Shields, 4 League Cups, 11 FA Cups and 19 League titles. The club has also seen a great deal of success on an international level, much to Tunde Folawiyo’s delight, having won a FIFA Club World Cup, an Intercontinental Cup, a UEFA Super Cup ,a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and lastly, three European Cups. These wins were in no small part due to the guidance and support provided by the team’s management. The club have gone through a number of managers over the years; but in particular, Tunde Folawiyo remembers saying goodbye to Sir Alex Ferguson at his final game, held at Old Trafford. Alex Ferguson took over in 1986, and became the most successful manager, having been awarded 37 major honours throughout his time with Manchester United.

Unsurprisingly, given its lengthy list of achievements, Manchester United is also one of the most valuable clubs in the world, with an estimated worth of around £1.13 billion, and has been floated on the stock market several times.

In the sport today, some supporters are torn in which players they think are truly the greatest of all time. Tunde Folawiyo believes that Ryan Giggs should receive that title in particular, as his dedication and consistent sporting ability has shone throughout his time with the club.