I Made A Stupid Mistake – Pogba

Manchester United Salon D’Or midfielder Paul Pogba has admitted to making a stupid mistake that cost his team against Arsenal on Sunday. Speaking after the match, Pogba admitted that he made a stupid mistake, that eventually cost his team all three points against the Gunners.

Pogba did not have one of his best games against the Gunners.

‘When you try to touch the ball before the guy, I felt like I touched him a bit. I knew I was in the box and I knew it would be a mistake.

‘At the end, I shouldn’t give a penalty like that. I should let him take the ball and try to block the cross.

‘Maybe I was bit out of breath because of the running just before and that made me do this stupid mistake. I will learn from that.

‘I am not the best defensively in the box and I have to work on this. I can always improve on that.’ Pogba said.

Pogba commited a foul on Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin in the box and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted the second half spot kick for the Gunners as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side struggled despite entering the match on the back of a thrilling 5-0 victory against RB Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek.

Manchester United Legend Believes It May Take 20 Years For The Club To Win Another Title

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has said that the club may have to wait 20 years to win the Premier League title again after Liverpool’s recent success. Any Manchester United fan that is expecting a league title soon may have to wait till Mason Greenwood retires.

Giggs claims the Red Devils wait will be determined by how long Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola stays in the Premier League.

When asked by former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher if he was worried his former team would have to wait as long as Liverpool to the claim the title again, Giggs said: ‘Yes, 100 per cent. It could be 15, 20 years before you know it, especially if (Jurgen) Klopp and (Pep) Guardiola stick around.

‘They have got the resources and the players so we have Liverpool to look at where the last time when they won it in 1990 they thought we’ll win it again soon.

‘Even Klopp took four and a half years for him to win it – it takes a long time. You have to think about what Klopp did.

Manchester United have not won the title since legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson guided them to victory in 2013. Giggs lifted the Premier League title a total of 13 times during his trophy laden career at Old Trafford.

Scholes likens Rashford to Manchester United Great

Paul Scholes has lauded the finishing ability of Marcus Rashford on Wednesday night after the English striker came off the bench to score a brilliant hat-trick against RB Leipzig.

Scholes likened Rashford to his former Manchester United teammate Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Rashford came on for opening goalscorer Mason Greenwood in the 63rd minute, Rashford netted twice in four minutes with two composed finishes before sealing his hattrick in stoppage-time at Old Trafford.

Rashford also scored the match-winner in last week’s victory against Paris Saint-Germain and after his first United hat-trick, ex-United midfielder Scholes was full of praise for the 22-year-old.

‘His finishing has been questioned in the past, but tonight you’re looking at 25 goals from him if he keeps that attitude.

‘That was like [Ruud] van Nistelrooy, you see him going through and you know he’s going to smash the ball into the corner.’

Antonio Martial scored the other goal as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer men made it two wins in two in the Champions League.

Breaking: Manchester United Class of 92 Appoints Scholes As Coach

The Manchester United Class of 92 have sacked Graham Alexander as Manager of Salford City, a club they jointly own.

Former England and Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, a co-owner of the club with Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt has been appointed as temporary manager.

Scholes has been appointed by his former teammates.

However, he will not be a long-term appointment, with a new coach expected to be appointed later this month.

Scholes will be in charge of training at the League Two club, who drew 2-2 with Tranmere on Saturday and are unbeaten in the division this season, and will be on the bench at Port Vale on Saturday.

The midfielder other coaching experience was a disastrous 31-day spell as manager of Oldham.

Pundits Roundtable: Ivan Dougan and Tope Adepoju join us to Preview Man. United vs Tottenham

On this edition of Pundits Roundtable, Tomiwa Ojo is joined by seasoned pundits Ivan Dougan and Tope Adepoju to preview Sunday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Tottenham.

Tope and Ivan join us to preview the Super Sunday clash

Jose Mourinho will be looking to get one over his former side at Old Trafford. Our pundits sank their teeth into it.

GB: It has not been a convincing start to the season for both sides. How do you expect both coaches to approach this tactically?

Ivan: I expect Ole to continue with the trend of ceding possession against the big teams and relying on the pace of his forwards and passing range, creativity of his midfielders. However, Jose Mourinho as well wouldn’t mind doing same so, tactically, both managers could have the same game plan.

Tomiwa: I expect both sides to deploy a defence first approach. They will both want to play on the counter. I expect it to be decided by fine margins – like set pieces. I hope we won’t be treated to a bore fest. I expect the first half to be cagey, we may see a more expansive second half.

Tope: I think United will probably edge the midfield battle which means they will probably control the game a little bit more.However, it will be interesting to see how they can break Spurs’ defence.

Jose Mourinho on the other hand usually set up his team to keep his opponents at bay especially in the away fixtures while banking on the likes of Kane and Son to do the damage on the break.

GB: How do you see the absence of Son Heung Min affecting Spurs? Considering he is their topscorer in the PL this season.

Ivan: He’s going to be a huge miss. He creates, scores, puts in a good shift defensively and has the ability to determine the outcome of a game. They will lack some bite going forward and his early season partnership with Kane has been good. His absence could set Spurs back.

Tomiwa: He will be a big miss. Very important for Mourinho’s men, especially when they set up to play on the counter. Kane could cut a lonely figure without him. However with the likes of maybe Bergwijn or Moura expected to replace him, they could have their days as we have seen in the past.

Tope: 4 goals against Southampton, formed a decent partnership with Harry Kane. Of course Son’s absence is a huge miss for Tottenham.

He would have been licking his lips at the prospect of facing Wan Bissaka who has been poor this season. In Son’s absence, Steven Bergwijn might be deputising.

The Dutchman has had sparks here and there but hasn’t been consistent. Hopefully he seizes his opportunity on Sunday.

GB: Solskjaer replaced Mourinho at United. Do you think United have really improved under Solskjaer?

Ivan: United haven’t really improved under Ole.

Tomiwa: I don’t think much has changed, apart from the’Manchester United family’ liking Ole more. The difference is like that between half of a dozen and six.

Tope: Finishing 33 points behind Liverpool and losing out in the semi finals of the FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League is no improvement.

GB: Key battles.

Ivan: Kane vs Maguire and Lindelof, Doherty vs Rashford, Bruno vs Dier.

Tomiwa: Kane vs Lindelof/Bailly, Kane will fancy playing off the shoulder of whoever Ole chooses to partner Harry Maguire at the heart of the defence. I expect him to come in from the left to his right foot often. Greenwood vs Reguillon will also be interesting to watch.

Tope: Horgberg v Bruno Fernandes.

Signing Horgberg was a smart buy for Spurs. The Lilywhites have been screaming for a player who can protect the back line, win the 50/ 50 balls and give the team some sort of balance and he has been good but seeing him up against United most creative player in Bruno Fernandes will be very keen to see.

The Portuguese can also score goals. Should be an interesting battle.

GB: Call it

Ivan: A draw.

Tomiwa: A bore draw.

Tope: Man United 1 – 1 Spurs

Thoughts of a Lunatic: Kai Chelsea, Van De Bleak and other football talking points

Football is actually back and we are only expecting fans back at the stadiums. The world seems to have damned COVID-19 and moved on; Wuhan must now invent something else. All those protocols that were taken seriously before football resumed are more academic now and or not followed anymore.  Teams file out separately as against filing out together only to end up tugging, pushing, embracing and spitting all over the pitch. Talking about tugging, Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen ‘overbroke’ COVID-19 rules by that unholy embrace of Sadio Mane. He should not just be suspended; he should suffer a lengthy ban and be put in isolation.

What are the other takeaways for this lunatic from football this weekend?

Another Gabriel at Arsenal

Lots of people have even forgotten Arsenal used to have one Gabriel. That one that took Brazil’s fight against Spain’s Diego Costa personal, you remember him now? Yes! The one with the visionary teeth. We did not even notice when Arsenal took him through the backdoor back to Spain.

They seem to have another Gabriel now. Gabriel Maga…whatever, Gabriel Maga sounds good. However, he has started well, scoring on his debut and posting a man-of-the-match display in his second match. Trust Arsenal fans, they have discovered the best thing after moi moi. We are waiting…

Gabriel Maghalaes has started well at Arsenal

Still on Arsenal or an Arsenal-affiliate, Kieran Gibbs, yes, he still plays football. The last time he was sent off in the Premier League, it was a case of mistaken identity in 2014. He waited a whole six years to collect a red card of his own in the ‘most stupidest’ of manner in West Brom’s loss against Everton.

Kai Chelsea

For us in this part of the World, Kai stands for Kick Against Indiscipline or in even more razz manner, kai means stop. When you are doing something unworthy, the word ‘kai’ brings you back to line, if you are not a stubborn goat.

Kai has struggled in his first two matches.

Lampard and Chelsea fans should kai and just drop the hype of that Havertz boy. He could come up good later but the Kai we have seen so far is just a German left-footed Daniel James. Last time out against Brighton, he was playing with imaginary teammates.  This weekend against Liverpool, Lampard saved us more minutes of disasterclass by pulling him off at half-time. Kai!

Ban Bayern

Bayern might have to be banned from football. If they will not start respecting opponents, they should go and look for their opponents elsewhere. Barcelona are still trying to recover from the gr-eight damage the Bavarians did to them and they have continued on the act.

Bayern Munich started the season with a bang.

Just the first week of the Bundesliga season and they are already trashing Schalke 08 (sorry, Schalke 04) 8-0. Bayer Munich, diaris God, fear God.

Ramsey Pirlo

All Aaron Ramsey needed was to be coached by Andrea Pirlo to discover the Pirlo in him. In Juventus’s 3-0 win against Sampdoria, Ramsey was pulling all the Pirlo-esque passes in midfield and recorded an assist for Ronaldo’s goal.

Knowing Ramsey, we might start thinking Pirlo has been replaced with Tiemoue Bakayoko or Danny Drinkwhatever when he decides to show us the other side.

Van de Bleak

Manchester United’s new boy Danny Van De Beek came off the bench in Manchester United’s 3-1 loss against Crystal Palace. Images of him on the bench with Manchester United trailing brought memories of a certain Alexis Sanchez. We hope he did not go home to enquire from his agent if he could cancel his contract and return to Ajax.

The look says a lot.

Manchester United are even yet to wear that their black and white jersey but they are already delivering colourless zebra-like performances.

Maybe they should consider bringing Wilfred Zaha back after he tormented them on Saturday. But we must confirm Ole Solskjaer does not have a pretty grown daughter first.

Nigerian men impressive shots

The result of Nigerian men impressive shooting skills always find a way to emerge in football. No, I am not talking about Victor Osimhen or Samuel Chukwueze but a certain Marvin Olawale Akinlabi Park. Marvin Park made his debut for Real Madrid at the weekend, we found out the Olawale Akinlabi part, he definitely has some connections to Nigeria.

Marvin Park played for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad at the weekend.

Marvin was born in Spain to a Nigerian father and a South Korean mother. Naija men! We now have so many ‘Nigerian born’ everywhere due to their shooting skills. Even Korean woman? Naija men can shoot.

The Lunatic won’t end without a word for Kepa Arizabawhatever and Chelsea. The fact that a man’s name sounds like keeper does not mean he is a good goalkeeper and is worth a world record fee. Whoever recommended Kepa to Chelsea deserves 600 years in that place Harry Maguire spent some days at.  

Don’t follow me anywhere, a lunatic needs no followers.

Yemi Adesanya and Amos Joseph joins us on Pundit Roundtable to preview the Premier League 2020/21 season

Even as stands remain empty, football fans around the world still have a lot to look forward to in the Premier League this season.

From the return of Leeds after a long hiatus to Liverpool’s attempt to defend their title. Tomiwa Ojo (@10qmedia) is joined by top football pundits Yemi Adesanya (@yemitm442) and Amos Joseph (@communeamos) to preview the 2020/21 Premier League season.

GB:What tactical trend(s) do you think will take prominence this season?

Yemi: I doubt we will see anything uniquely different this season by way of tactical trends. I am however quite excited to see how Leeds shape up and set up in the Premier League.

Amos: I expect most of the managers to deploy a 4-3-3 formation.

Tomiwa: I don’t really expect anything new but I expect most of the coaches to lay more emphasis on building from the back, especially the brave ones. To deal with the top teams that press high up the pitch. We have seen Arteta show us glimpses of that.

Arteta is showing building from the back could be a thing.

GB: Which battles/matches are you mostly looking forward?

Yemi: As a Manchester United Fan, the first game I look out for is the fixture against Liverpool; then maybe United v City and Arsenal; but outside the team I support. I would be watching Leeds games for obvious reasons.

Amos: Manchester City vs Chelsea will be great to look out for.

Tomiwa: Marcelo Bielsa’s will be great to see, especially against the top sides, just as we have seen against Liverpool in their first match. Liverpool vs Manchester City both legs will also be interesting to see as I expect the title to be between the two.

Bielsa in the Premier League is an interesting proposition.

GB: Possible breakout star(s) to keep an eye on.

Yemi: There’s a young man who just signed for Fulham; Alphonsus Areola from PSG; really good Goalie, but largely unlucky with the clubs he has been at bar his time at Villareal. I would be keeping an eye on Olley Watkins at Aston Villa and Feran Torres at Manchester City. Also look out for a few youngsters at Liverpool, Curtis Jones, Rhian Brewster and Neco Williams.

Amos: Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic.

Tomiwa: Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood is one to look out for, maybe he already broke out last season, this should be the season for his emergence.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Leeds Kalvin Phillip, Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah are also some to keep an eye on. Also 18-year-old Wolves record signing – Fabio Silva.

GB: Predict the top four in descending order

Yemi: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Amos: Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Tomiwa: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

GB: Which three are you tipping to go down?

Yemi: Fulham, West Brom, West Ham /Brighton.

Amos: Fulham, West Brom, Newcastle.

Tomiwa: West Brom, Brighton and Burnley.

West Brom are common candidates to go down.

By May 2021, we will know how well our pundits will do as Prophets.

Read also: The good, the bad and the worgly of Premier League jerseys.

The good, the bad, the ‘worgly’: Assessing Premier League Jerseys

The jerseys and their unveiling have become an important part of football business. For proper football clubs, the unveiling and income from sales of jerseys have become an important part of their businesses.

It was not usual for clubs to launch new jerseys every season until recently. Fans now look forward to how their jerseys will look like and many also rock the replicas. For some clubs and their fans, the beauty of their jerseys is as good as their season gets. That is the only trophy for them to celebrate. We take a look at some of the Premier League jerseys.

The good

Most of the designers continue to up the game in coming out with eye-popping designs that will force the fans to part with money for replicas.

Arsenal started their partnership with Adidas last season and it has been a good journey with some nice designs. Their three designs this season are nice, especially the third jersey, many Arsenal fans will rock it to parties.

Manchester City’s away jersey designed by Puma is a beauty as well, the blend of shades of blue and the patterns on the shirt was well done.

You have to pity Umbro, they have to do variations of the blue and claret jerseys for West Ham and Burnley every season. They were still able to pull-off a nice design for Burnley’s home kit while their efforts with West Ham is not bad either.

Nike also did a Yeo man job with Brighton’s home and away kits. The home jersey is particularly a beauty. The white collar on the blue shirt was apt, while the tiny white stripes added to the classiness of the jersey.

Liverpool’s journey with Nike has not started on a poor note. There was little chance of creativity with their all red jersey but Nike managed to pull out something nice with a white collar and a tiny blue trim.

The Bad

So, Crystal Palace’s red and blue was not particularly pleasing but it was none of Chelsea’s business. Chelsea then decided to go for a Crystal Palace shirt as their third jersey. It does not look nice neither was it well thought out.

Puma probably expect West Brom to go down immediately or what could have informed their jersey design? There was little or no effort. Just the normal black and white stripes with no ingenuity.

Manchester City’s third jersey looks like those ‘ready-made’ i-pass-my-neighbour cloths we used to wear while growing up or better still a material better suited as a curtain or a bedspread.

The worgly

For non-Nigerian readers, worgly is a fussion of ‘worwor’ and ugly. Worwor describes something that is terribly ugly.

The worgly belongs to Manchester United’s third jersey outright. They should have no competitors. Manchester United should actually sue Adidas, it is that bad. As stated earlier, Puma got tired of West Brom’s black and white stripes so Manchester United took the matter personal. They took the black and white into overdrive, you would have thought Tom Tom bought the club over.

While we agree that breaking fashion rules could be a fashion style but not by wearing stripes on stripes. Maybe a different short could have worked.

No matter how much they try to use the likes of DJ Cuppy and Burna boy to promote it, it remains a worgly jersey even if Buhari wears it.

Or maybe it was just in solidarity with Harry Maguire. Enough said.

Written by: Tomiwa Ojo

@10qmedia on Twitter