A Manchester United dominance in all areas of the game was beaten at Old Trafford by Wolverhampton, inflicting a first loss to Germany’s Ralf Rangnick as Red Devils manager this Monday in the close of day 21 of the Premier League.
After this match, United remain in 7th place in the standings with 31 points, 22 points behind leaders Manchester City and four behind the Champions zone, which Arsenal closed for now.
A goal from veteran Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho in the 82nd minute gave Wolves victory, who have not lost at Old Trafford for 42 years.
An away win cannot be considered inappropriate considering the performance of both teams. In the 11th minute, Portugal’s Daniel Podence thought he had opened the scoring, but his shot miraculously diverted United’s Spain goalkeeper David de Gea into a corner.
International goalkeeper La Roja was decisive again in the 22nd minute, with another save from a half-volley from Ruben Neves.
The locals’ best chance came just before half-time, with Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani hitting the crossbar (43).
Cristiano Ronaldo, the team captain in Harry Maguire’s absence, barely received the ball, remembering his team-mates’ inability to read the tick.
Bruno Fernandes’ introduction gave United a bit more bite and his shot hit the post after one hour of play (67).
Prior to departing for the Africa Cup of Nations to play with Morocco, Romain Saïss hit back with a shot on goal (75), before Moutinho decided the match with a low shot capitalizing on the ‘gift’ of Phil Jones, who before losing the United centre-back played their first Premier game in two last year.
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A program that specializes in quantitative analysis of football teams and players, sofascore, reveals the best Latin American players by age group and two Paraguayans stand out the most.
Julio Enciso, the new gem of Libertad, was the most outstanding footballer among all the players who played in the First Division at the age of 17. Gumarelo’s attackers were rated with an average of 6.97 according to all the games the app tracks.
Another prominent Paraguayan is Alejandro Romero Gamarra, a prominent figure from Al-Taawon from Saudi Arabia. The “Kaku” is a soccer player with the best average rating (7.50) among 26-year-old Latin American soccer players.
It should be explained that Sofascore only uses a quantitative analysis program, not a qualitative one. He does not practically judge a player’s performance according to the utility he provides to the team, but is guided by the number of each player.
For example, in the case of Enciso, consider the number of dribbles completed, successful shots, correct offensive passes, accurate crosses, etc.
Coffee side, Sergio Otálvaro, didn’t mince words when he spoke on VERSUS radio at 970AM. In the middle of the exhibition, where he explains the reasons for his departure from Olimpia, the coffee farmer also refers to the decision of his former colleague, Roque Santa Cruz, which shocked locals and foreigners alike and descended on Libertad.
“Roque loves the Olimpia club, he lives for the club, carries the club flag. If he makes a decision like that, it’s for something, then you have to know very well what happens internally at Olimpia,” he said.
It must be remembered that a few days ago, Otálvaro himself was one of the few former team-mates to say goodbye to Roque Santa Cruz via social networks, after confirming his signing for Repollero.
“For a great man like him, thank you is too small! Eterno Roque Santa Cruz,” wrote “Checho” before the end of the year on his Instagram account.
Otálvaro and Santa Cruz coincided with the greatest moment of dominance that Olimpia has had in Paraguayan football in recent years; they won 4 titles in two years between 2018 and 2019. Then another three ordinations between 2020 and 2021.
In the case of “Parcero”, he said goodbye to the “Dean of Express” with 7 titles won; 5 League championships, Paraguay Cup and Super Cup.