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EPL: Manchester United 2 Leicester City 1: Pogba, Shaw secure win despite Vardy’s late strike

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EPL: Manchester United 2 Leicester City 1: Pogba, Shaw secure win despite Vardy’s late strike

Manchester United saw off Leicester City in the Premier League’s opener, with Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw getting the goals at Old Trafford.

Goals from Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw secured Manchester United an underwhelming 2-1 victory over Leicester City in the opening game of the 2018-19 Premier League season.

United went into the campaign on the back of a tumultuous pre-season that was dominated by discontent and a lack of signings, leading to Jose Mourinho making veiled digs at the club’s hierarchy and, while they secured all three points at home, the team’s display was hardly an emphatic response.

Initially all looked rosy at Old Trafford, as United’s encouraging start saw them go ahead through captain Pogba, but thereafter Leicester were the controlling force in the first period.

The only thing missing from Leicester’s display was a killer instinct in the final third before Jamie Vardy’s second-half introduction, though his stoppage-time effort was too little, too late, as Shaw’s first senior goal seven minutes from time proved decisive in the final reckoning.

United stroked the ball around confidently during the early exchanges and that poise was personified by Pogba when he placed a third-minute penalty into the top-right corner after Daniel Amartey was adjudged to have handled Alexis Sanchez’s deflected shot.

The early confidence soon dissipated, however, and Leicester were unlucky to go in at half-time trailing, with impressive debutant James Maddison drawing a marvellous save from David de Gea in the 29th minute.

The hosts improved after the break, looking a little more convincing in possession and preventing Leicester from crafting clear-cut chances.

Shaw finally doubled their advantage when he capitalised on his own heavy touch to squeeze a finish into the bottom-right corner and, while Vardy nodded in from close range at the end after Ricardo Pereira’s cross came back off the post, the Red Devils just about did enough.

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, called Paul Pogba “a virus” in front of the entire squad, following their 2-2 draw at Southampton on Saturday. Pogba put in an average performance, as United rescued a point at St Mary’s, having been 2-0 down inside the opening 20 minutes.

And it was the World Cup winner who seemed to bear the brunt of Mourinho’s anger after the full time whistle, according to the Daily Record. He is believed to have told him: “You don’t play. You don’t respect players and supporters. And you kill the mentality of the good honest people around you.”

Pogba was restored to United’s starting XI amid an injury crisis, having been dropped for the Champions League win over Young Boys in midweek

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Dangote, Rabiu Dish Out Millions Of Naira To Super Falcons For Winning The African Women Nations Cup Trophy

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Dangote, Rabiu Dish Out Millions Of Naira To Super Falcons For Winning The African Women Nations Cup Trophy

It has been reported that Nigerian billionaires, Aliko Dangote and Abdulsamad Rabiu have financially rewarded the victorious Super Falcons for winning the African Women Nations Cup trophy. In the same vein, the Chief of Staff to the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), Alhaji Abba Kyari on Sunday evening received the team.

Nine-time African champions, Super Falcons, flew into the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport minutes before 4pm, aboard an ASKY Airline flight from Accra, and were received by Alhaji Kyari, NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, as well as other officials of the NFF.

On Sunday, at the Accra Sports Stadium, the Falcons defeated the South African Banyana Banyana side 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes, to lift the top African women football trophy for the third successive time and ninth time overall.

Holding aloft the Women AFCON trophy, the Falcons were wildly cheered by Nigerians at the airport and responded gracefully before they entered the bus that conveyed them to their hotel in the Federal Capital. At the Starview Hotel, Alhaji Kyari commended the girls for a job well done, praising them for their tenacity, energy, determination and patriotic fervour.

“On behalf of Mr President, who is not in the country at the moment, we say welcome and well done to you. We are proud of you and your representation of the country. In fact, as we were leaving the airport, two eminent Nigerians called and donated the sum of N50million and N25 million respectively to your team. Please rest very well. We will get back to you with the activities lined up for you in the coming days.”

Also at the hotel to receive the Super Falcons was the Honourable Minister for Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar. General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said: “On behalf of the leadership of the NFF, we are grateful for the support from the Nigerian Government which has seen the team excel at the Cup of Nations. The girls have promised to do their best to represent the country very well at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

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