Manchester United’s patchy start to the Premier League season continued with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Southampton after a Jannik Vestergaard header cancelled out a brilliant Daniel James goal for the visitors on Saturday.
The result left United on five points from four games after last weekend’s shock 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace while Southampton, who stretched their winless league streak at home against United to nine games, have four points.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conceded his team lacked the killer instinct in the opposition half but showed no signs of frustration after a third successive lacklustre performance following the opening 4-0 home win over Chelsea.
Wales winger James, signed from Swansea City during the close season, netted the third goal of his fledgling United career when he beat Angus Gunn with a 10th-minute rocket into the top corner which gave the Saints keeper no chance.
It was almost a carbon copy of his goal against Palace and with the visitors dominating the opening half, the 21-year-old forced a reflex save from Gunn with another piledriver from 20 metres midway through the first half.
That effort came after striker Marcus Rashford, who endured another forgettable afternoon, headed well wide of the near post from close range.
United faded after the break and Vestergaard equalised in the 58th minute when he rose above Victor Lindelof to head home emphatically a Kevin Danso cross from the right, moments after visiting keeper David De Gea tipped away a Danny Ings header.
The home side were forced to hang on in the closing stages after Danso was sent off in the 73rd minute for a second bookable foul when he hacked down Scott McTominay, with Gunn denying Rashford and substitute Mason Greenwood.
German FA president calls for player salary cap to help keep fans
The President of the German Football Association (DFB), Fritz Keller, says football must learn long term lessons from the coronavirus crisis to keep fans on board.
Keller suggested better financial controls and player salary caps to do this.
Germany’s Bundesliga was shut for more than two months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, before becoming the first major football league to resume action last week.
“We have to learn from our mistakes because the crisis is an opportunity to restructure football,” Keller said in a virtual address to the DFB’s extraordinary meeting on Monday.
“We need to bring professional football to the people, to their everyday world. So we need an improved financial control system and, yes, a salary cap,” he added.
Some German clubs were close to financial collapse after the first month of suspension, the league had warned, as it pushed for a restart.
But the restart has also been criticized by some as too early.
The DFB meeting also approved the restart on May 30, of Germany’s third division, with the last matchday scheduled on July 4.
This was in spite of opposition by some of its members who had called for the season to be abandoned.
In a vote, 222 were in favor of a resumption of the division, with 12 voting against and 16 abstaining.
Germany had reported some 178,570 positive COVID-19 cases, while the death toll rose by 10 on Monday to 8,257.
Keller noted that football needed to think long term.
“Commissions for agents and immense transfer figure irritate society and estrange them from our beloved sport. Football has to offer satisfactory answers to these issues.
“We do not only need new rules but also a new attitude, not to think just from season to season, as we painfully found out.
“Football as a whole has to live on long term perspectives,” Keller stated.
Odion Ighalo set to leave Manchester United
Manchester United’s attempts to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal has hit a brick wall, according to SportsMail.
The six-month agreement expires in just one week.
Shanghai Shenhua have rejected United’s requests to keep Ighalo at Old Trafford for another three months.
The Chinese Super League have asked Ighalo, to rejoin the club to prepare for the start of the delayed season.
Unless United can make a late breakthrough in negotiations, Ighalo will return to Shanghai when his loan ends next Monday.
The 30-year-old scored four goals in eight matches before the COVID-19 shutdown and resumed training with the United squad at Carrington last week.
Although he would prefer to finish the season in England, Shanghai have the final say and are determined to get Ighalo back.
My childhood friend who forgot me once he became famous- Man calls out Kelechi Iheanacho
A social media user who seems to have been a childhood friend of Nigerian football star, Kelechi Iheanacho has disclosed how the football star forgot about him once he became famous.
The user identified as Godswill Uche revealed how they grew up together in the same neighbourhood in Owerri, Imo state.
He said, “We played the street balls together under the rain and scorching sun. We attended the same primary school; Unique Nursery and primary school Umualum Nekede No 4 b/stop as at then but has relocated to a new site now. We did almost everything together but today grace has found you and you’ve risen and clapped your way into the corridors of fame and stardom, you’re now a celebrity not just in Nigeria but all over the world.”
Bala towards the end of his story urged stars not to forget the people who were with them before they rose to stardom.
“Don’t call them lazy, poor or feel irritated when you see them coming to you. We all started from somewhere and grace found you,” he added.
See his story below;
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