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Genk striker Onuachu becomes first Nigerian to win Belgian Golden Shoe
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Genk striker Onuachu becomes first Nigerian to win Belgian Golden Shoe

The 27-year-old has been rewarded for his outstanding goalscoring record in the Belgian top-flight last season   Genk striker Paul Onuachu has become the first Nigerian player to win the Belgian Golden Shoe. Onuachu was crowned at a ceremony on Wednesday night as he beat off Club Brugge duo Noa Lang and Charles Des Ketelaere to the award. The 2021 award recognises the Super Eagles star's performances for the 2020-21 season where he finished as the First Division A top scorer with 33 goals in 38 matches.
Watford and Nigeria’s Dennis ‘could cry when Arsenal lost’ and no longer supports Gunners
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Watford and Nigeria’s Dennis ‘could cry when Arsenal lost’ and no longer supports Gunners

The 25-year-old Super Eagle explains why he no longer supports a club and his dream to become a priest while he was a young boy Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis has revealed he stopped supporting Premier League side Arsenal because they would bring him to tears when they lost. The 25-year-old Nigeria international is currently playing for the Hornets in the Premier League after he signed a five-year contract on June 21, 2020, arriving from Club Brugge.  
Headmaster Mahrez scores as 10-man Manchester City bow to RB Leipzig
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Headmaster Mahrez scores as 10-man Manchester City bow to RB Leipzig

The Algeria international was on target as the Citizens crumbled against the German top-flight side Riyad Mahrez was on song as Manchester City lost 2-1 to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in Tuesday’s Champions League showdown. Although the Citizens had already qualified for the next round of the tournament, they travelled to the RB Arena, Leipzig with the ambition of ending their group stage campaign on a high note. For the German top-flight side, they needed a win to earn a berth in the Uefa Europa League having missed out on qualifying for the Round of 16 despite hammering Club Brugge 5-0 last time out.  
Man City Football  Five arrested after Man City fan attacked in Belgium service station
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Man City Football Five arrested after Man City fan attacked in Belgium service station

Five people have been arrested after a Manchester City fan was attacked while travelling home from Tuesday's Champions League game against Club Brugge. The Belgium-based supporter was attacked at a service station on the E40 motorway in Drongen. He was taken to a hospital in Ghent. Man City said they were "shocked and saddened" by the incident, while Club Brugge said they were "horrified". A statement from the East Flanders public prosecutor said: "A man wearing a Manchester City scarf had stopped his car at the highway parking in Drongen after the match and had gone to the shop. "According to the first findings of the investigation, his football scarf was taken in the shop by a suspect and he walked outside with it. Subsequently, the victim came into confrontation with so...
‘Spend time in the kitchen’ – Man City patience with Palmer pays off after maiden Champions League goal
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‘Spend time in the kitchen’ – Man City patience with Palmer pays off after maiden Champions League goal

The teenager scored the club's fourth goal in Tuesday's European clash, to continue his meteoric rise for Pep Guardiola's side Cole Palmer scored his first Champions League goal on Tuesday as the Manchester City starlet found the back of the net against Belgian side Club Brugge. The goal was Palmer's second senior finish, with the 19-year-old forward previously scoring for City in a 6–1 home win over Wycombe Wanderers in the League Cup Palmer's goal saw the youngster join Joao Cancelo, Riyad Mahrez and Kyle Walker on the scoresheet for a rampant Manchester City side.  
Palmer on target as five-star City thrash Brugge
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Palmer on target as five-star City thrash Brugge

Cole Palmer grabbed his first Champions League goal as Manchester City produced a scintillating attacking display to beat Club Brugge 5-1 at the Jan Breydel Stadium. Heading into the game, there was an element of pressure hanging over Pep Guardiola's side following their 2-0 defeat at PSG last month. Club Brugge started the game one point ahead of the Premier League champions, but any pressure was quickly relieved as the visitors secured a 2-0 advantage going into the break thanks to Joao Cancelo's strike (30) and Riyad Mahrez's penalty (43). Their dominance continued after the break as Kyle Walker finished another fine City move in the 53rd minute before Palmer made an instant impact from the substitutes' bench. 3 - Cole Palmer has become only the third teenager to score in the...
UCL: Owen predicts Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool, Club Brugge vs Man City games
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UCL: Owen predicts Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool, Club Brugge vs Man City games

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, Michael Owen, has predicted today’s UEFA Champions League, UCL, fixtures between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool. Owen also predicted Manchester City’s away Champions League clash with Club Brugge. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor, “This won’t be an easy one for Liverpool, that’s for sure. “Simeone’s side remained as difficult to beat as ever and knocked Liverpool out two seasons ago. The Reds are playing well though, and in Mo Salah, they have got maybe the best player in the world right now. “I don’t think Liverpool will win this, but I can’t see them losing either. I’m going for a 1-1 draw.” Commenting on the Club Brugge vs Manchester City match, Owen said, “This is a big game for City after losing in Paris i...
Why Dennis can’t replace Deeney at Watford – Ex-DR Congo star Ngonge
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Why Dennis can’t replace Deeney at Watford – Ex-DR Congo star Ngonge

The Nigeria star has made a fine start to life at Vicarage Road by scoring the club's first home and away goals in the Premier League this term Michel Ngonge has advised his former club Watford not to expect Emmanuel Dennis to fill Troy Deeney's void after his impressive start to the season. The former DR Congo international who played for the Hornets between 1998 and 2000, thinks Dennis ‘is not a great goalscorer’ unlike Deeney who scored 140 goals for the club during his 11-year stint at Vicarage Road. Following his permanent switch from Club Brugge in June, Dennis heralded his presence in the Premier League with two goals in five matches so far but Ngonge suggested that he has not adapted fully to life in England yet.
PSG vs Lyon: Pochettino names strong squad for Ligue 1 clash
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PSG vs Lyon: Pochettino names strong squad for Ligue 1 clash

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has named a strong squad to face Lyon in today’s Ligue 1 fixture. Pochettino named a 22-man squad to tackle Lyon at Parc des Princes in a post via PSG’s website on Sunday morning. The former Tottenham Hotspur coach included Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the squad to face the visitors. PSG head to the game following a 1-1 draw with Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday. The kick-off time for PSG vs Lyon is 7:45 pm, Nigerian time. Below is PSG’s squad against Lyon: Keylor Navas, Achraf Hakimi, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Kylian Mbappé, Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi, Neymar JR, Angel Di Maria, Rafinha, Danilo Pereira, Sergio Rico, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ander Herrera, Abdou Diallo, Julia...
Sowah: Club Brugge manager Clement hails Ghanaian winger after fine PSG display
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Sowah: Club Brugge manager Clement hails Ghanaian winger after fine PSG display

  The 21-year-old made a mark on his Champions League debut as his side held the French giants on Wednesday Club Brugge boss Philippe Clement has praised the performance of Ghanaian attacker Kamal Sowah in their 1-1 home stalemate with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday. The winger saw 92 minutes of action as the Belgian giants came from behind to hold a Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., and Kylian Mbappe-led side to a stalemate. Ander Herrera shot PSG in front in the 15th minute before captain Hans Vanaken responded for the hosts in the 27th minute in the Group A matchday one tie at Jan Breydel Stadium.      
Champions League: Conte reacts as PSG fail to beat Club Brugge
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Champions League: Conte reacts as PSG fail to beat Club Brugge

Former Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has defended Mauricio Pochettino after Paris Saint-Germain were held to a 1-1 draw by Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Ligue 1 side took the lead through Ander Herrera, but Hans Vanaken equalized for the hosts. Lionel Messi was making his first start for PSG since leaving Barcelona, but had a quiet game, missing a great chance to win it ahead late on. Former PSG striker, Nicolas Anelka, told French TV: “Brugge were better in terms of intensity, the midfield battle, shots on target, in every area, so congratulations to them.
Kamal Sowah: Club Brugge sign Ghanaian winger from Leicester City
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Kamal Sowah: Club Brugge sign Ghanaian winger from Leicester City

The 21-year-old has sealed a permanent move away from The Foxes, making a return to Belgium Premier League side Leicester City have announced the transfer of Ghanaian winger Kamal Sowah to Belgian outfit Club Brugge. The 21-year-old joins the Blue-Black on a four-year contract, marking a return to First Division A. He joined Leicester in 2018 and has spent the last three-and-a-half years on loan with Belgian fold OH Leuven.
UEFA Champions League: Chelsea, Man Utd, Barcelona, PSG groups confirmed
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UEFA Champions League: Chelsea, Man Utd, Barcelona, PSG groups confirmed

The draw for the group stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League have been confirmed. Manchester United will take on Atalanta, Young Boys and Villarreal in Group F. Holders Chelsea are in Group H along with Zenit, Juventus and Malmo Paris Saint-Germain will take on last season’s finalists Manchester City, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge in Group A. The fixtures begin September 14/15 this year. Group A: Manchester City, PSG, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, FC Porto, AC Milan Group C: Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donestk, Sheriff Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kiev Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys Group G: Lille, Sev...
Chelsea to start Chalobah contract talks after Tuchel takes him off loan list
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Chelsea to start Chalobah contract talks after Tuchel takes him off loan list

The Cobham academy star is set to fully graduate into the first-team this season after taking his chance under the Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has met with Trevoh Chalobah to tell him that he is no longer available for loan and that he wants his future tied up at Chelsea. Clubs like Lille, Valencia and Club Brugge have all expressed an interest in signing the 22-year-old defender on loan but are set to be knocked back. Having had the meeting, the Blues chiefs now need to meet with his representatives to extend a contract that has less than two years left to run.
Okereke: Venezia sign Club Brugge forward on loan
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Okereke: Venezia sign Club Brugge forward on loan

The Nigeria forward is back in Italy for his maiden spell in the top-flight with Paolo Zanetti's side Newly promoted Serie A club Venezia have completed the signing of David Okereke on a season-long loan from Club Brugge. The Winged Lions also hold the option to hand the 23-year-old a permanent contract at the end of the 2021-22 campaign. After helping Club Brugge win the Belgian Super Cup last month with a 3-2 win over Genk, Okereke made an appearance in the Belgian First Division A opener against AS Eupen which ended in a 2-2 draw on July 25.
Onuachu, Dessers battle Okereke for Belgian Super Cup title
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Onuachu, Dessers battle Okereke for Belgian Super Cup title

Super Eagles strikers Paul Onuachu and Cyriel Dessers will be up against David Okereke in Saturday’s (today) Belgian Super Cup clash when KRC Genk and Club Brugge clash at Jan Breydel Stadium, Saturday PUNCH reports. Club Brugge won the Belgian league title last season while Genk finished runners-up in the league and won the Belgian Cup as well. Brugge have expressed mixed fortunes in pre-season, with three wins, a draw and two losses, scoring nine goals and conceding nine. Onuachu, top scorer in the Belgian topflight league last season with 33 goals, is expected to lead Genk’s attack, just as Dessers is expected to play a role following his impressive run in pre-season with three goal. Okereke, who made three appearances for Brugges in pre-season, was below par last season.
Watford star Dennis reveals advice from ‘inspiration’ Ighalo
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Watford star Dennis reveals advice from ‘inspiration’ Ighalo

The striker has disclosed what the former Hornets forward told him after completing his move to the Vicarage Road giants Emmanuel Dennis has revealed the advice he was given by former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo after his move to Watford. The newly-promoted Premier League side announced the signing of the Nigeria international from Belgian top-flight Club Brugge on a five-year deal. The 23-year-old has joined up with his new team-mates at Vicarage Road, as Xisco Munoz’s men commenced their pre-season campaign on Monday.
Emmanuel Dennis: Watford sign Nigerian striker from Club Brugge
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Emmanuel Dennis: Watford sign Nigerian striker from Club Brugge

The Super Eagles striker has been snapped up by the Hornets after leaving the Belgian First Division A side Newly promoted Premier League side Watford have announced the signing of Emmanuel Dennis from Belgian top-flight side Club Brugge. Due to his failure to tie down a regular place at the Jan Breydel Stadium, the 23-year-old was loaned to FC Cologne for the 2020-21 campaign. However, he struggled to get regular playing time at the Bundesliga outfit – featuring in nine German elite division games with no goals to his credit.
Lazio return possible for Man Utd midfielder Pereira
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Lazio return possible for Man Utd midfielder Pereira

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira could yet return to Lazio. Corriere dello Sport says a return to the Italian side, despite an inconsistent spell in Rome last season, may still be on the cards. The door may be open for another loan in Rome, with Maurizio Sarri's imminent arrival potentially giving him a new chance to impress. Lazio won't utilise the option they have for a permanent transfer but a temporary deal could work for all parties. Pereira has also been linked with Club Brugge for the summer market.  
Super-sub Okereke leads Club Brugge past Sint-Truiden
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Super-sub Okereke leads Club Brugge past Sint-Truiden

The Nigerian striker came off the bench to hand the Blue-Black all points at stake against the Canaries on Saturday night David Okereke was Club Brugge’s hero in their 1-0 triumph over Sint-Truiden in Saturday’s Belgian topflight encounter. Having replaced compatriot Emmanuel Dennis in 53rd minute, the 23-year-old made his presence felt four minutes later by scoring the fixture’s only goal. With Club Brugge travelling to Rome for Tuesday’s Champions League outing versus AS Roma, manager Philippe Clement rested some of his key players. Clinton Mata’s place was taken by Ignace Van der Brempt, while Eduard Sobol replaced Uruguayan star Federico Ricca in the starting XI.
HAALAND Has Now Scored More Champions League Goals Than Ronaldo And Zidane
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HAALAND Has Now Scored More Champions League Goals Than Ronaldo And Zidane

The Norwegian wonderkid has now scored 16 times in Europe’s top competition after his double for Borussia Dortmund against Club Brugge on Tuesday night. Haaland has been in exceptional form in his first full season with the Bundesliga giants. In fact, the ex-RB Salzburg striker has now scored at least once in each of his last seven games – including FOUR in the 5-2 Bundesliga win over Hertha Berlin at the weekend. Haaland now has SIX Champions League goals in just four matches this season – scoring twice in both games against Club Brugge. Jadon Sancho scored a sumptuous free-kick in between the Norwegian’s double to ensure Dortmund picked up all three points on Tuesday. But Haaland stole the show, with his Euro career tally now a ridiculous 16 goals in a mere 12 games. ...
Club Brugge’s Dennis ‘overjoyed’ with goal against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
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Club Brugge’s Dennis ‘overjoyed’ with goal against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg

The Nigeria international revels in his strike that got the Belgian top-flight outfit going against the Lions Emmanuel Dennis is overjoyed with his goal which propelled Club Brugge to a 2-1 win over FC Zenit Saint Petersburg on Tuesday night. Philippe Clement’s men went to Krestovsky Stadium as underdogs owing to the absence of key players against the Russian Premier League title holders. The Belgians were without goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Cote d’Ivoire’s Odilon Kossounou and Michael Krmencik, who are in isolation after contracting Covid-19, while Simon Deli was unavailable due to suspension. Nevertheless, they took the lead in the 63rd minute after the Nigerian followed up on Charles De Ketelaere’s blocked shot to slot the ball past goalkeeper Mikhail Kerzhakov.
Dennis: Football without supporters ‘really stinks’ at Club Brugge
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Dennis: Football without supporters ‘really stinks’ at Club Brugge

The Nigeria international was one of the standout performers for Philippe Clement’s men as they clinched their second win of the season Emmanuel Dennis has expressed his delight after helping Club Brugge secure a 2-1 victory over Genk in Sunday’s Belgian First Division A game. The 22-year-old forward was handed a starting role in the encounter and grabbed an assist to help Philippe Clement’s side secure all three points. The Nigeria international set up Hans Vanaken to open the scoring with only 22 minutes into the encounter.
Verheyen tells Mechelen whizkid Vranckx to snub Liverpool
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Verheyen tells Mechelen whizkid Vranckx to snub Liverpool

Liverpool are being linked with Mechelen midfielder Aster Vranckx. The youngster is part of the club's new transfer strategy, which the Daily Mirror suggests will focus on young and upcoming players, rather than world stars. The 17-year-old has shown what he can do at first team level this season. But former Belgian international and ex-Oostende boss Gert Verheyen has told the player to stay put for now. He told Het Nieuwsblad: "That kind of midfielder, a combination of vision, power and technique, is very popular. "He can play in three positions in midfield. He can take a ball and pass. But where would such a boy play at a top club like Club Brugge? "Someone like Vranckx should only focus on playing. "That is why it is better to stay with KV Mechelen. Because he may a...
Arsenal target Emmanuel Dennis ‘very likely’ to leave Club Brugge – Clement
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Arsenal target Emmanuel Dennis ‘very likely’ to leave Club Brugge – Clement

The Nigeria international has been turning heads in the Belgian top-fight and has attracted interest from a number of European clubs Club Brugge manager Philippe Clement has confirmed star forward Emmanuel Dennis is "very likely" to leave the side this summer. The winger has been delivering eye-catching displays since teaming up with the Belgian club and in the 2019-20 season, he helped his side to clinch the league title. This is after the Belgian Pro League was ended on Friday when the General Assembly voted to accept finalising the league table with each club having played 29 games. In doing that, the 22-year-old Nigeria international scored five league goals and provided one assist, amid other dazzling displays.
Club Brugge declared champions as Belgian Pro League officially ends 2019-20 season
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Club Brugge declared champions as Belgian Pro League officially ends 2019-20 season

The decision to end the campaign has now been officially confirmed, nearly six weeks after clubs voted in favour of the step The Belgian Pro League season is officially over after the General Assembly voted to accept finalising the league table with each club having played 29 games. The confirmation means Club Brugge have been crowned champions and will enter the group stage of the 2020-21 Champions League. Gent finish second and go into Champions League qualifying while Sporting Charleroi, Royal Antwerp and Standard Liege go into the Europa League.
Man Utd, Everton given hope in race for PSG fullback Meunier
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Man Utd, Everton given hope in race for PSG fullback Meunier

Manchester United and Everton are still in the race for PSG fullback Thomas Meunier. The Belgium international is set to become a free agent this summer. Borussia Dortmund are hot on his trail, with negotiations ongoing. But according to Le 10 Sport, an agreement has not yet been reached, leaving the two Premier League clubs with a chance of signing the 28-year-old. Atletico Madrid have also shown an interest in the former Club Brugge man.
Club Brugge sensation Emmanuel Dennis on Newcastle radar
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Club Brugge sensation Emmanuel Dennis on Newcastle radar

Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis is on Newcastle United's radar. Voetbalkrant says Dennis is attracting 'concrete' interest from the Toon. The report claims the Magpie would go 'to great lengths' to get the forward. And it references sources in Nigeria where it claims reports are ramping up over a possible move to Tyneside. Dennis famously scored twice against Real Madrid in Champions League earlier this season.
Ighalo Celebrates First Man Utd Goal
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Ighalo Celebrates First Man Utd Goal

Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has expressed happiness after scoring his first goal for the club in their 5-0 win over Club Brugge on Thursday night. Two goals from Fred and a strike from Bruno Fernandes, Odion Ighalo and Scott McTominay ensure the Red Devils qualified for the last 16. Speaking after the game, Ighalo, who joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on loan last month from China, told the club’s official website: “I feel great to score because this is what I have been hoping for. “At last, it is a dream come true for me. “I dreamed of this from when I was small when I was young. “Playing for the team and scoring goals means a lot to me. “I am going to cherish this moment for all the days of my life.” He added: “Before the game, friends from Nigeria...
‘Dreams Come True’ – Twitter World Reacts As Odion Ighalo Scores His First Goal For Manchester United
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‘Dreams Come True’ – Twitter World Reacts As Odion Ighalo Scores His First Goal For Manchester United

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has just scored his first goal for Manchester United, a club he has supported since childhood. Ighalo scored for Manchester United in the first half of the second leg Europa League clash against Club Brugge on Thursday night. Ighalo’s goal came after a through pass from Fernandes found Mata on the side of the 18 yard box, Mata swiftly passed to Ighalo who shrugged off his opponent to score. Ighalo joined Manchester United in the last day of the transfer window and is the first Nigerian to play in the club. Twitter users of course, reacted to the news… See tweets below.
Saha Gives Condition for Martial to Be World Class
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Saha Gives Condition for Martial to Be World Class

Former Manchester United striker, Louis Saha, has disclosed that forward, Anthony Martial can be a world class player if he becomes a killer in front of goal. Martial has score three goals for the Red Devils in his last three matches against Chelsea, Club Brugge and Watford. The 24-year-old has scored 15 goals in all competition for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so far this campaign, but Saha believes the France international is a talented player. “Martial has been criticised for his attitude but he is a talented player,” Saha said as quoted by Metro UK. “The France star has everything needed to be world class but he needs to be more of a killer in front of goal. “However, I feel he has done that in the last few games for Man United.” Martial will now hope to lead Man U...
Solskjaer Makes Demand From Martial after Man United’s 3-0 win Over Watford
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Solskjaer Makes Demand From Martial after Man United’s 3-0 win Over Watford

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has called on forward, Anthony Martial to keep on scoring for the club following their 3-0 win over Watford in the Premier League on Sunday. Man United defeated Watford at Old Trafford, thanks to three goals from Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood. Martial’s goal against Watford means the France international has now scored three goals in his last three games for the Red Devils against Chelsea, Club Brugge, and Watford. Speaking after the game, Solskjaer was quoted by MEN as telling reporters at his post-match conference: “I am happy for Martial. He has had a fantastic week and I am one of his biggest critics. “I keep on demanding different stuff from him. “But this week he has come up with a number nine...
Solskjaer Gives Condition for Ighalo to Start Against Watford
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Solskjaer Gives Condition for Ighalo to Start Against Watford

Manchester United manager, Ole Solskjaer, has said the fitness of Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial, will determine if Odion Ighalo will start against Watford on Sunday. Ighalo has made two substitute appearances since he joined the Red Devils on a six-month loan. The Nigerian striker was introduced late on against Chelsea in the Premier League and Club Brugge in the Europa League. Greenwood was not in the team that faced Club Brugge on Thursday due to illness, but Martial has started nine of the last 10 matches. “Everyone says that [players raise their game] against their old team when they score, but there are also many games when you don’t score. “Odion is getting more and more minutes, but [whether he starts] depends on Mason as well of course, and how Anthony [Mar...
Club Brugge vs Man Utd: Solskjaer Hails Ighalo
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Club Brugge vs Man Utd: Solskjaer Hails Ighalo

Manchester United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed striker, Odion Ighalo ahead of his side’s UEFA Europa League round of 32 first-leg clash against Club Brugge on Thursday in Belgium. Solskjaer branded Ighalo as a goal scorer that knows how to play as a centre-forward. Ighalo would hope to make his first start for Solskjaer’s men against Club Brugge after making his debut in the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Chelsea from the bench last Monday. “Odion Ighalo is a goal scorer and a box striker,” the Norwegian said as quoted by Man United’s official website on Wednesday. “He is a unique player for us. We have seen his ability in training and knows how to play his position very well. “He had a good chance against Chelsea on Monday that would have been a good start for him a...
Ighalo Travels With Manchester United Squad To Belgium For Europa League
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Ighalo Travels With Manchester United Squad To Belgium For Europa League

Manchester United have confirmed Odion Ighalo has been registered for the Europa League and will be eligible for the upcoming tie against Club Brugge. “The deadline-day arrival from Shanghai Shenhua could be involved when the Reds travel to Belgium in the round of 32 on Thursday, February, 20,” the club said on its website. Ighalo made his debut as a Manchester United player against Chelsea on Monday night. The club added, “Fellow January signing Bruno Fernandes is also available to feature for United in the competition, despite representing Sporting Lisbon in the group stages.
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The UCL Draw? If We Play Liverpool, We Will Eliminate Them – Zidane

Zinedine Zidane joked his Real Madrid side would have no issues beating last season's winners Liverpool in the last 16 of the Champions League. The La Liga giants had already secured their knockout berth before their 3-1 win over Club Brugge on Wednesday and can now turn their attention to the draw for the next stage, which takes place on Monday. Madrid finished second in Group A, five points behind Paris Saint-Germain, which means they will be drawn against the winners of another group, potentially Jurgen Klopp's Premier League leaders Liverpool. Asked if the Reds were a team to be avoided, Zidane smiled and said: "If we play Liverpool, we will eliminate them." More soberly, he added: "We can't do anything about the draw."
Mbappe Breaks Messi’s UCL Record As Youngest Player To Score 15 Goals
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Mbappe Breaks Messi’s UCL Record As Youngest Player To Score 15 Goals

Mbappe has broken Lionel Messi's record to become the youngest player to score 15 Champions League goals. Only just back from injury, the 20-year-old was brought on in the second half of PSG's 5-0 away win against Club Brugge and proved instrumental in securing the comfortable victory as he bagged an impressive hat-trick. Mbappe's now scored 15 Champions League goals at the age of 20 years and 306 days. That feat has seen him become the youngest player to bring up the milestone, thickmatch.com smashing the record previously held by Messi, who achieved the same aged 21 years and 288 days. Messi himself had beaten Real Madrid legend Raul's mark of 22 years and 163 days initially, making Mbappe's new record all the more impressive. The PSG star's hat-trick also made him the...
Wanyama: Club Brugge on the verge of signing Tottenham midfielder – reports
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Wanyama: Club Brugge on the verge of signing Tottenham midfielder – reports

The Harambee Stars captain is reportedly on the verge of returning to Belgium after falling down the pecking order at Spurs Belgian side Club Brugge are nearing the signing of Victor Wanyama from Tottenham Hotspur, according to the latest rumour. As per the Daily Mail, Wanyama is due in Belgium on Monday to finalise his move to the club and is expected to sign a four-year contract in a deal worth around £13.6million. The newspaper further reports Italian side Bologna were also interested for the services of the Kenyan captain but Spurs did not want to let him out on loan.
Aston Villa announce Wesley signing for reported club record
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Aston Villa announce Wesley signing for reported club record

The 22-year-old joins the newly promoted Villains as they prepare to readjust to life in the Premier League following last season's play-off campaign Aston Villa have announced the capture of Brazilian striker Wesley from Club Brugge for what is thought to be a record club fee of £22m (€25m/$28m). The Villains, who secured a return to the Premier League last month in the Championship play-off final against Derby County, will bring the 22-year-old to the Midlands subject to a work permit and international clearance. He will link up with Dean Smith’s side as they prepare to head to the United States to face Minnesota United in St Paul to kick-off a busy pre-season schedule.
Liverpool To Face Hoffenheim, Celtic To Play Astana In Champions League play-Offs
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Liverpool To Face Hoffenheim, Celtic To Play Astana In Champions League play-Offs

Liverpool have been drawn against Hoffenheim while Celtic face Kazakhstan side Astana in the Champions League play-off round. Friday's draw means Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will return to his native Germany, while striker Roberto Firmino will face his former club. Liverpool are competing in European football's premier competition for only the second time in eight seasons after finishing fourth in the Premier League last term. Klopp will know Hoffenheim well from his time coaching in Germany, but the Bundesliga club will present a difficult obstacle as the Reds look to reach the Champions League group stage. Coached by 30-year-old Julian Nagelsmann - the youngest manager in Europe's top five leagues - Hoffenheim finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season. Hoffenheim had t...

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