Marcus Rashford scored twice as a slick Manchester United won 2-1 and made it a miserable return to Old Trafford for Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho.
Almost a year after getting the bullet at United, Mourinho was back on Wednesday night, but it was his opposite number Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who triumphed with a superb home display from his young side.
The Portuguese received a warm reception at his old stomping ground but Solskjaer’s name filled the air on Wednesday night, when Rashford goals either side of a fine Dele Alli equaliser sealed United a much-needed victory against Spurs.
The end of Mourinho’s three-game winning start to life at the Tottenham helm provided a timely shot in the arm for his former club, with a trip to reigning champions and bitter rivals Manchester City coming on Saturday evening.
Solskjaer’s name rung around Old Trafford at the end of a match that started with United on the front foot, with Rashford opening the scoring in the sixth minute after all too easily beating Paulo Gazzaniga.
The Tottenham goalkeeper produced a number of fine stops, including tipping a long-range effort from the 22-year-old onto the bar, as United dominated a first half they ended on level terms thanks to Alli’s beautiful flick and finish.
But a lack of cutting edge – something Mourinho often bemoaned during his United tenure – did not return to haunt the hosts, with Rashford scoring from the spot early in the second half following a clumsy challenge by Moussa Sissoko.
Solskjaer and Mourinho shared a warm embrace at full-time, with the latter surely having few arguments with the result given the way things panned out.
Spurs were behind within just six minutes as Davinson Sanchez flapped, with the Tottenham defender inadvertently backheeling into the path of Rashford under pressure from Jesse Lingard.
Showing no little skill and confidence, Rashford ran onto the ball and unleashed a low shot that beat Gazzaniga at his near post to send Old Trafford wild.
Mourinho was quickly on his feet encouraging his team and continued to back his players in the technical area throughout the first half, even after an awkward collision with Daniel James after Harry Winks fouled the rapid winger.
But whatever the Portuguese was saying had little impact, with United dominating and Rashford sending a dipping free-kick just wide before Gazzaniga stopped 18-year-old Mason Greenwood from close range.
It was a fine stop bettered in the 25th minute when Rashford took aim from 30 yards, with the Argentina goalkeeper doing superbly to tip that fizzing effort onto the crossbar.
Rashford was again denied and Lingard bent wide as United smelt blood – but the hosts’ all-too-familiar inability to stretch their lead offered Mourinho hope.
Having had precious little to do during the opening period, David De Gea did well to deny Serge Aurier’s volley with his feet when Spurs first mustered a shot on target in the 39th minute.
However, the United goalkeeper could do little when the ball looped high into the air and Alli met it with an expert clipped touch over his shoulder under pressure from Fred and Ashley Young before firing home an effort cleared by the video assistant referee.
It was a stunning effort that could have derailed United, only for Sissoko’s clumsiness within 90 seconds of the second half to put Spurs on the back foot once more.
The midfielder only managed to tread on Rashford’s foot when trying to tackle the forward, with referee Paul Tierney pointing to the spot. After a long wait, the England forward coolly sent the ball into the right-hand corner as Gazzaniga went the other way.
Son Heung-min and Harry Kane saw efforts blocked as Spurs looked for another equaliser, but the hosts were looking comfortable and playing with confidence.
Gazzaniga denied James but play was stretched and United were showing composure defensively as they looked to keep Spurs at bay.
Aurier was denied and De Gea got down to Alli during an end-to-end conclusion, with the Old Trafford faithful erupting at full-time after holding out for a key win.
Victor Moses Joins Inter Milan On Loan
Victor Moses is officially an Inter Milan player. The 29-year-old Nigerian player has joined the Nerazzurri on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.
He has been handed the number 11 jersey at the club after he was unveiled at Inter’s stadium on Thursday evening.
Inter Milan, one of the European continent’s biggest club, wrote a long article on their official website about Moses after signing him.
Read it below.
“The thread that binds Victor Moses to the ball is infused with passion, deep meaning, joy and suffering. It’s a story of courage and determination, of enormous strength and character.”
“He once played on the streets of Kaduna, Nigeria, the place where he was born. Here, come rain or shine, a barefooted Moses would run with the ball at his feet.”
“And on one of those days, when he was accelerating and dribbling, something happened that would change his life forever: he suddenly found himself without his father Austin and mother Josephine, both of whom were killed in their own home during religious riots.”
“On that exact day, Moses, who was not at home precisely because he was playing football with friends, was forced to grow up. He hadn’t even turned 12.”
“He then set off for England. It was the beginning of a new life in South London, one which was marked by two requirements: to be strong and never give up.
To help him along the way, he had an innate ability to play with the ball between his feet and overwhelming physical power that allowed him to be the dominant figure when up against his peers.”
“After getting involved in local football, he was soon discovered by Crystal Palace. At a young age, he began to dominate. Quite literally.”
“Many still remember the final of the 2005 Under-14 FA Youth Cup, with Whitgift winning 5-0 thanks to five goals from Moses. Three years and over 100 goals later, he made his debut for Palace’s first team.”
“This is how his path in English professional football began. He moved to Wigan in 2010, where he debuted in the Premier League, before making a big step forward in 2012 when he was signed by then European champions Chelsea.”
“During his first season at The Blues, he scored ten goals in 43 matches, winning the UEFA Europa League in the process. But this wasn’t enough to convince Chelsea’s new boss.”
“So, with his usual determination, Victor rolled up his sleeves and went again. Loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham followed.
When Antonio Conte became Chelsea’s Coach in 2016, a new chapter began in Victor Moses’s career.”
“He became an important part of the current Nerazzurri Coach’s side, contributing to the Blues’ 2016/17 Premier League triumph and FA Cup success in 2018. Over two seasons, he played 78 times, scored eight goals and provided eight assists. “
“Conte used him out wide in midfield, whereas in the two years prior to this he’d often been used as an out-and-out winger or a second striker. More recently, Moses has spent time at Fenerbahce in Turkey.”
“On an international level, Moses played for all of England’s youth teams, also finishing as the top scorer at the U17 European Championship. In 2012, however, he made the decision to play for Nigeria, the country where he was born.”
“He’s since scored twelve goals in 38 matches for the Super Eagles and taken part in two World Cups. Most notably, he won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, at which he left his mark with an assist for the winning goal in the final.”
‘Fast and determined, shy but aware of his abilities: Victor Moses, who possesses a great affinity for the ball, knows that every time he’s taken to the pitch, his father Austin and mother Josephine have been watching on proudly.’
“And now he’s ready to start a new adventure. He’s the eighth Nigerian player in Inter’s history and follows in the footsteps of big names like Nwanko Kanu, Taribo West and Obafemi Martins.”
On behalf of the Nerazzurri family, we’d like to wish Victor all the very best!
Paris FC Sign Rivers Angels Goalie Nnadozie Chiamaka
French Feminine Division 1 club Paris FC sign Rivers Angels and Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie on an 18-month contract.
The 19-year-old earned huge plaudits for her impressive performance at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France as the African Champions during reaches the knockout stage of the tournament.
FC Naija reports that Nnadozie linked up with Paris FC on a free transfer following the expiration of her contract with Port Harcourt based outfit and Nigeria Women Football League side Rivers Angels but the French giant will pay a ‘compensation fee’ and she will be drafted into the first team in February.
Super Eagles goalie who is expected to be the first choice, will return to Nigeria to sort out her document before returning in February.
Nnadozie has also represented Nigeria at the U-17 and U-20 levels may miss Paris FC’s fixture against Dijon on February 8, the Nigerian goalkeeper is expected to lead the squad in their home game against Stade De Reims on 22nd February 2020.
Announcing her signing to a new club on her Instagram page, she wrote:
“FROM GRASS TO GRACE, FROM ZERO TO HERO THIS IS GODS DESIGNING. NEW SEASON NEW HOME. THANK YOU JESUS
GOD IS THE GREATEST.. AKACHUKWUDIYA.. MUNACHIMSO.. 2020 MUST BE BETTER ❤️ ❤️.”
Paris FC sit in sixth position in the table with 17 points from 13 games.
Cristiano Ronaldo Is Now The 5th Highest Goalscorer In Football History
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the fifth highest goal scorer in the history of football.
The Juventus star has overtaken Gerd Muller on the top goalscorers in football history list, with the Portuguese beating the Germany legend to fifth position after his goal scoring run for Juventus.
On Sunday night, the Portuguese superstar scored twice to secure a 2-1 win against Parma in Serie A. He’s now netted 18 times already this season – not bad for a 34-year-old.
The Portuguese grabbed a cool brace, scoring in each half of the game to open a four-point gap with close league challengers Inter.
Ronaldo also increased his tally to 16 goals in Serie A, becoming the only player in the top five European leagues to score at least 15 goals in each of the last 14 campaigns.
The feat means the former Man United talisman has now reached another significant landmark of his glistering trophy-laden career.
At 34, Ronaldo with a goal per game ratio of 0.72 has now scored staggering 736 goals in 1028 games at the top level.
Hungarian icon Ferenc Puskas has 747 goals behind Selecao legend Pele who has 767. It seems Ronaldo may overtake both legends should his goal-scoring form continue this season.
Romario is the second highest goalscorer in history with 772, while Czech-Austrian legend Josef Bican is the most prolific goal-scorer with 805 goals.
Here are top goalscorers in history according to Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF)
1. Josef Bica: 805 goals
2. Romario: 772 goals
3. Pele: 767 goals
4. Ferenc Puskas: 747 goals
5: Cristiano Ronaldo: 736 goals
6. Gerd Muller: 735 goals
7. Lionel Messi: 717 goals