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Man United triumph over Crystal Palace | Tunde Folawiyo

Mar. 31st 2014

For those who support Man United, like Tunde Folawiyo, the results of the team’s recent clash with Crystal Palace probably came as quite a relief. United emerged from the match victorious, with a final tally of 2-0. However, both goals came during the second half; for much of the first, it was unclear who would win. Man United played rather inconsistently, with moments of careless footwork interrupting their usual skilful performance.

Whilst they did create a number of scoring opportunities before the interval, none were successful, with Januzaj netting a goal which ended up being disallowed due to a handball, and Nemanja Vidic’s header, from three yards away, landing just wide of the net.

Shortly after this, Fellaini began a move which finished with the ball falling at his feet, as he stood 14 yards away from the goal post. Commentators noted that he could have simply made a direct shot into the centre of the net; however, he seemed to lose his confidence at the last second, and instead kicked it towards the corner, which resulted in it missing the net entirely.

Tunde FolawiyoCrystal Palace tried desperately to take advantage of United’s brief spells of inattention, defending themselves with great gusto up until the final whistle blew. But their efforts were in vain, and the Red Devil’s keeper, David De Gea, had little work to do throughout the match. Palace only came close once, when Jonathan Parr delivered a header which, at the last second, was diverted by Chris Smalling. They did go on the attack during the last 20 minutes of the game, but by this point, they were clearly exhausted, and United already had the upper hand.

Fans such as Tunde Folawiyo were probably quite relieved when the Red Devil’s took the lead at 62 minutes in, after a miscued challenge by Marouane Chamakh led to their side being awarded a penalty. This was taken by Robin Van Persie, who delivered a powerful kick which landed in the corner of the net. At this point, Palace’s desperation began to show, with Cameron Jerome making a frantic attempt to score. His shot was promptly saved by De Gea.

Just a few minutes later, Evra passed the ball to Rooney, who then proceeded to volley the ball into the net. Although United’s supporters have been critical of the forward as of late, this perfectly timed, and finely executed shot indicated that Moyes was right in keeping Rooney on, and ignoring the criticism. After the match ended, Moyes praised the player, explaining that Rooney works best when he is under pressure, and has no time to over-think his next move.

Man United draw with Arsenal | Tunde Folawiyo

Mar. 28th 2014

Manchester United’s recent match against Arsenal ended with a draw which most likely came as a great disappointment to Tunde Folawiyo, and other United supporters. Although the game itself was fast-paced, spectators were left frustrated, as neither the Red Devils nor the Gunners managed to score. Just two minutes into the first half, Robin Van Persie Tunde Folawiyosnatched the ball away from the midfielder Mikel Arteta, and almost netted a goal; unfortunately, his efforts were foiled by Arsenal’s keeper, Wojciech Szczesny, who performed a skilful save.

Arsenal were equally enthusiastic – and equally unsuccessful – throughout the first half, with Olivier Giroud delivering a powerful header which ended up landing just wide of the net. Commentators speculated that United’s opponents’ poor performance was simply a case of shaken nerves, following their crushing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool earlier in the week.

As for United, it is difficult to say what went wrong; some say that the bad press they have received over the past month may have led to a drop in morale. Whatever the reason, the players were surprisingly careless throughout the match; for football fans who follow this team, like Tunde Folawiyo, this was probably quite a strange thing to see, as the Red Devils have always been known for their ability to maintain control.

In this match, they could not seem to retain possession of the ball for longer than a few seconds at a time. Even Wayne Rooney, one of United’s star players, struggled to make an impact. Like the rest of the players, he too seemed to lack focus, and ended up spending much of his time on the field arguing with the referee – so much so that he was called to the side and chastised for it.

Juan Mata, United’s recent transfer, was asked by Moyes to play on the left; this is the third position which he has been placed in since he first moved in January. It was an unwise decision on Moyes’ part, which only served to confirm the fact that Mata performs at his best when playing centrally.

The midfielder ended up making several attempts to steal the ball as he ran up and down the edge of the pitch, only managing to gain possession on a couple of occasions. By the second half, it was clear that he was not going to be able to provide United with the lead, and Moyes chose to substitute him. This had little effect on either side however, and as the match came to an end, neither side had scored.

Ryan Giggs & the Triumph of Manchester United | Tunde Folawiyo

Mar. 24th 2014

Based in northwest England, the Manchester United soccer club, nicknamed “The Red Devils” is well-known amongst the most popular sports teams in the world. With a proud history spanning over a century, Manchester United continues to inspire millions of worldwide fans including Nigerian Tunde Folawiyo and others with an intense passion for the sport. A vibrant fan base, sky-high game attendance and with millions of dollars of team merchandise sold, Manchester United remains one of the richest sports clubs in history.

Tunde FolawiyoManchester United paved the way for many English football teams with their immensely successful team record. Some of the sports’ most notable and respected coaches have led Manchester United toward victory, including Sir Alex Ferguson who won 28 major honours during a career spanning over 25 years.

Among Manchester United’s most famed players is Ryan Joseph Giggs. Born 29 November 1973, Giggs made his debut for Manchester United during the 1990–91 season. Since the start of his career with the franchise, Giggs has earned numerous honours for his participation. Admired throughout sports for his tireless running and goal assists (he holds the record for most assists in Premier League History with 271), Giggs remains one of the most respected Manchester players of all time, as he remains the most decorated player in English football history. With 13 Premier League winner’s medals and four FA Cup winner’s medals, Ryan Giggs has undoubtedly proven his immense talent at the sport. During his time with the Red Devils, he has also won three League Cups and two Champions Leagues, further demonstrating his passion and skill throughout his two decades with the team.

As the only player to have scored in every season of the Premier League, Giggs was elected into the PFA Team of the Century in 2007 and the Premier League Team of the Decade in 2003 as well as the FA Cup Team of the Century. Among his most revered accomplishments was his appointment as team captain at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In lieu of his outstanding contributions to the sport of English football, Giggs was named to the Football League 100 Legends and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Named Manchester United’s greatest ever player in January 2011, Giggs remains one of the most popular footballers of all time, garnering the respect of millions of fans including Tunde Folawiyo and others with a profound appreciation for the sport of football.

Tunde Folawiyo | Manchester United Player Robin van Persie Out with Knee Injury

Mar. 22nd 2014

According to reports, Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was recently flown to Holland to receive urgent treatment following a recent knee injury that may render him out for the remainder of the season. Reports have stated that Van Persie was spotted on crutches at Rotterdam’s Erasmus Medical Centre while undergoing medical treatment from orthopaedic surgeon Rien Heijboer. The sprained knee leaves the Netherlands striker out of both legs of a Champions League quarterfinal against Bayern Munich and potentially six Premier League games, much to the dismay of Manchester United fans such as Tunde Folawiyo and millions of others following the sport. Whilst there is no definitive recovery period at this time, the sport awaits further word on Van Persie’s condition as it could significantly impact chances of a World Cup appearance.

The club had previously announced that Robin van Persie may miss up to six weeks of play, while under recovery from a left knee injury. However, some outlets have mentioned a minimum eight week lay-off may be necessary. Van Persie was injured while playing against Olympiakos in United’s mid-week Champions League clash. His first ever Champions League hat-trick was overshadowed by sustaining the knee injury during this match-up. Player Antonio Valencia also suffered an injury, clashing heads with Joel Campbell, leaving a huge black eye.

According to United, the worst-case scenario would mean that Van Persie would be unable to take to the field until the beginning of May. The news comes as a blow to the team’s hopes of a Champions League victory, but pending a quick recovery, may not impact the chances of a World Cup finals appearance in Brazil beginning in mid-June.

Van Persie has scored 23 goals in 29 games for club and country this season and won the Golden Boot for the second time last year.

United is currently ranked seventh in the Premier League following a 3-0 loss to Liverpool last weekend. Based in northwest England, the Manchester United soccer club, nicknamed “The Red Devils” is among the most popular sports teams in the world with three European Cups, 20 League titles, 11 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and a record 20 FA Community Shields. With its dynamic fan base and sky-high game attendance, Manchester United remains one of the most prominent sports clubs in history as they continues to inspire worldwide fans including Tunde Folawiyo and millions of others throughout the globe.

An Ode to Sir Alex Ferguson | Tunde Folawiyo

Mar. 21st 2014

Among the most popular sports teams in the world, Manchester United, nicknamed “The Red Devils”, has long been revered as England’s most successful professional football team, with millions of supporters including those such as Tunde Folawiyo. Boasting the largest average game attendance in European football, Manchester United has earned a variety of awards demonstrating their outstanding talent and passion for the sport of football.

Tunde FolawiyoManchester United is one of the most decorated of all football teams. With honours including three European Cups, 20 League titles, 11 FA Cups, four League Cups and a record 20 FA Community Shields, the Red Devils continually demonstrate their vast impact on European sports and the world of sports as a whole. The franchise has been home to some of the most talented players and coaches the world has ever seen. These include manager of over 26 years, Sir Alex Ferguson. The name alone elicits great pride among Manchester United fans as the coach’s impact on the team will forever have an impact on the team’s rich history.

Sir Alexander Chapman “Alex” Ferguson managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. His time at the club has led to Ferguson’s highly-regarded reputation as one of the most successful, admired and respected managers in the history of the game and sports as a whole.As the longest serving manager of Manchester United with more than 27 years of service, Ferguson announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United on 8 May 2013, ending an era of superior sportsmanship and devotion to the sport of football. During his career as club manager, Ferguson led his team to win 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League and two UEFA Champions League titles. Awarded Manager of the Year more times in British football history than any other coach in the history of the sport, Ferguson was knighted in 1999 for contributions to the world of British football. Ferguson’s last home game as coach of the Red Devils – his 1,500th – resulted in a win. With these revered accomplishments, Sir Alex Ferguson remains one of the most respected managers in the history of football while fans will undoubtedly remember and forever pay homage to Ferguson for his incredible passion for the game and the Manchester United franchise.

Manchester United Fans such as Tunde Folawiyo will continue to prove an immeasurable source of support for the team’s success as they embark on a new year of play. The spirit of Manchester United remains a major source of inspiration for the team and its millions of loyal fans.

The Success of Manchester United | Tunde Folawiyo

Mar. 17th 2014

World-renowned for its vibrant and devoted fan base, Northwest England’s Manchester United football club has long served as one of Europe’s premiere professional football teams, continually showcasing great success on the field. Regarded as “The Most Popular Football Team in the World”, Manchester United currently holds the largest average game attendance in Europe, demonstrated by its millions of fans such as Tunde Folawiyo and others throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. Their continued success as a franchise has resulted in the appointment of their title as one of the most famous teams in sports history.

Founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, the football club changed its name to Manchester United in 1902. Now, aptly nicknamed the “The Red Devils”, the dynamic Manchester United’s club crest is derived from the Manchester City Council coat of arms. As one of the world’s most widely supported sports franchises, Manchester United is widely recognised not only for their accomplishments on the field, but for their humanitarian efforts, evident in the founding of the Manchester United Foundation, a charity aiming to improve the lives of England’s youth. These initiatives have undoubtedly aided the franchise’s reputation as one of the most respected sports teams in the world.

Tunde FolawiyoManchester United won the European Cup before going on to win an additional 28 major honours under manager Sir Alex Ferguson, whose career of over 25 years thrived until his retirement in 2013. Leading his team toward the acquisition of 13 national championships, Ferguson remains one of the most well-known and respected managers in the history of English football.

With a record 20 League titles, four League Cups, 11 FA Cups, and 20 FA Community Shields won throughout their rich history as a franchise, Manchester United also won the continental treble, a magnificent accomplishment for an English football club. Further solidifying their enormous impact in the world of football and sports as a whole, Manchester United ranked first on the Forbes list of the world’s ten most valuable sports franchises in 2012. Undoubtedly contributing to their worldwide fame is Manchester United’s history of international sports superstars including players such as Ryan Giggs, Sir Bobby Charlton, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham. With the continued support of their millions of devoted fans including Tunde Folawiyo, the future of Manchester United remains bright as ever as they embark on a new season of play that will inevitably be cemented in the team’s history.


Man United trounce Cardiff 2-0 | Tunde Folawiyo

Mar. 14th 2014

Manchester United has picked up another three Premier League points, following their defeat over Cardiff City. This was a welcome reprieve from the recent losses that the Red Devils have experienced at the hands of Tottenham, Swansea and Chelsea. The 2-0 victory has probably given many supporters, including Tunde Folawiyo hope that United might still win the title.

Tunde FolawiyoJuan Mata, the Red Devil’s newest midfielder, made his debut at the match. Whilst he missed out on two scoring opportunities, his quick-footedness and ability to support the efforts of other players on the team, resulted in him receiving a standing ovation from United’s fans as he left the pitch at the end of the game.  Mata and Van Persie were undoubtedly the stars of the show, with the latter providing the Red Devils with the lead just six minutes in.

Van Persie’s first attempt to score was saved by David Marshall; undeterred by this failure, he continued to attack and netted a goal a few minutes later. The move which led to this early success was initiated by Mata; after several seconds of passing between the Spaniard, Patrice Evra and Ashley Young, the ball was shot over to Antonio Valencia, who then accidentally headed it into the bar. However, Van Persie was quick to react to this error, taking control of the ball and kicking it into the net.

After the interval, Young doubled United’s advantage, by executing a perfect kick from 25 yards. This second goal seemed to spur Cardiff on, and for the rest of the match, they managed to retain possession of the ball. However, United’s defence was strong, and their opponents were unable to convert.

Whilst the Red Devil’s will still struggle to win the league trophy, the victory probably came as quite a relief to fans such as Tunde Folawiyo, given the team’s less-than-perfect results as of late. Speaking to the press after the match, Moyes seemed pleased, stating that he was much more optimistic about the team’s chances of winning the title now. He noted that their impressive performance during the game was largely due to the presence of players such as Mata, who just joined the club, and Van Persie, who has been absent for several months due to his injuries. However, Moyes was quick to add that he doesn’t want the results of this match to go to the players’ heads, and that they have a lot of work to do if they want to win the title.

Man United suffer loss at the hands of Stoke City | Tunde Folawiyo

Mar. 10th 2014

Man United’s recent match against Stoke City was what many described as dismal; plagued by poor weather and bad luck, this was not the Red Devils’ finest performance. Stoke’s  2-1 win is likely to have left many fans of Man United, including Tunde Folawiyo disappointed, as it means that the team are that much further away from winning the Premier League title.

The weather at Britannia Stadium certainly didn’t make things easier for either side, with icy temperatures, rain and wind having a considerable impact on the players’ ability to remain on their feet, and in control of the ball; however, Stoke appeared to adjust to the unforgiving conditions far quicker than their opponents.

During the first half, Man United lost two of their central defenders; Phil Jones suffered a knock to the head which resulted in him being carried off the pitch in a concussed state, whilst Jonny Evans slipped and strained his calf. The absence of these two players certainly Tunde Folawiyohad a significant effect on United’s tactical approach; Rooney was dropped into midfield, Carrick was asked to move into central defence, and Welbeck was chosen as Jones’ replacement. Several commentators questioned Moyes decision to select Welbeck over Fletcher, whom they regarded as a stronger player.

Stoke took the lead during the first half. The goal, scored by Charlie Adam, was largely due to luck, rather than skill – his shot bounced off Carrick, and then soared past De Gea into the net. After this, the Red Devils began to attack with far greater gusto; this approach seemed to pay off during the second half, when Mata assisted Van Persie in scoring an equaliser, resulting in uproarious cheers from United’s supporters.

However, their celebrations were short-lived, as Stoke gained the advantage just five minutes later. The shot was initiated by Walters, who headed the ball to Arnautovic, who then passed it to Adam. The midfielder proceeded to deliver a powerful shot which, buoyed by the strong winds, flew far beyond De Gea’s reach.

Rooney almost managed to level the score with a free kick, but Stoke’s keeper, Asmir Begovic, performed a fingertip save at the last second. Further attempts by United were also fruitless; despite both of the team’s full-backs making it to the by-line, their opponent’s skilful defence meant that they simply could not convert, and as the whistle was blown, Stoke emerged victorious. As a sports fanatic, Tunde Folawiyo is probably aware that this was the first time, in thirty years, that the Potters have defeated the Red Devils in the Premier League.

Uncertain times at Old Trafford | Tunde Folawiyo

Mar. 7th 2014

Manchester United FC is experiencing a period of transition, which is likely to have a significant impact on its future. With speculation surrounding Moyes’ suitability as a manager, the club’s recent transfer decisions, and the team’s highly inconsistent performance throughout the Premier League, it seems impossible to predict, with any real certainty, which direction the club is heading in.

Tunde FolawiyoSupporters of the Red Devils, such as Tunde Folawiyo, might be surprised to learn that Wayne Rooney has expressed his doubts about the team’s ability to retain the league title, stating that it will be extremely difficult to do so after their recent losses. The striker is taking what he calls a ‘realistic’ approach, and says that the team should aim to be within the top four.

Juan Mata, a midfielder who moved from Chelsea to Man United for the price of £37.1 million last month, did not share this view when he first came on board; in an interview, he explained that one of the reasons he was so pleased to join the Red Devils, was that it would afford him the opportunity to potentially win the Premier League.

He stated that he had great faith in the club, and believed that they could retain the title if they worked hard enough. The midfielder also added that the top three contenders would be Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal. However, just a few weeks later, he appeared to have reconsidered this initial statement. Speaking to a journalist, Mata claimed that at this time, it would be difficult for the Red Devils to win the trophy, and that they are going to have to fight very hard for their position in the next Champions League.

The uncertainty regarding the title, coupled with the recent revelation that Nemanja Vidic would be leaving at the end of this season, has probably come as quite a blow to fans of the club, including Tunde Folawiyo. Vidic is someone whom virtually all Man United supporters will be familiar with; the centre-back has been with the club for over eight years, and participated in 202 matches. In a press conference, Vidic said that he would definitely not be playing with another English team, but other than that, did not yet have any concrete plans for his future.  He added that he thought himself ‘very lucky’ to have played with Man United for as long as he had.

Man United defeated once again in match against Chelsea | Tunde Folawiyo

Mar. 3rd 2014

Fans of United, such as Tunde Folawiyo, are probably aware that January has been a disappointing month for the team; over the past three weeks or so, they have been beaten by Tottenham, Swansea, and most recently, Chelsea. United got off to a strong start in their match against the Blue Lions, maintaining control of the ball for the first fifteen minutes. During this period,  came very close to scoring, with Petr Cech just barely managing a low save.

Ultimately however, Chelsea’s tactical expertise and highly organised defensive strategy was too much for United. Whilst the Blue Lions as a whole played exceptionally well, it was Samuel Eto’o’s hTunde Folawiyoat-trick which led to United’s downfall. Commentators questioned Mourinho’s decision to choose Eto’o over Torres, but as the match played itself out, it became clear that the former was the better choice. Following the match, Mourinho explained that although Torres was an excellent player, Eto’o was better at manoeuvring and controlling the ball in smaller spaces.

Eto’o gave Chelsea the lead 17 minutes into the game. His somewhat clumsy footwork initially suggested that he posed no real threat to the Red Devils; however in the space of just a few seconds, he managed to cut in from the side of the pitch, sneak past Jones and unleash a tremendously powerful shot which hit the corner of the net. This goal should have served as United’s wake-up call, but the players’ seemed disheartened, rather than motivated by Chelsea’s early success.

A few minutes before the interval, the Red Devil’s didn’t quite manage to clear a corner, and then subsequently failed in their attempt to push the Blue Lions out; this resulted in Chelsea taking control once again, with Gary Cahill passing the ball to Eto’o, who then promptly swept yet another goal past United’s keeper. Mere minutes after the two teams returned to the field following the half-time break, Cahill’s attempt to score was thwarted by De Gea; however, Eto’o once again came to Chelsea’s rescue, taking the ball from Valencia and kicking it into the net.

Whilst at this point in the match, it was clear that United would not be going home with a win, the players made a number of valiant efforts to redeem themselves. Hernandez provided the Red Devil’s with their one and only goal, accepting a pass from Jones and then shooting the ball beyond Cech. However, this minor victory was negated by Vidic being given a red card by Phil Dowd, the referee, after his somewhat questionable challenge of Hazard. Overall, the match was most likely a frustrating one for supporters of United,  like Tunde Folawiyo.