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Manchester United Have A New First-Teamer After Partizan Win

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Brandon Williams

Manchester United had to wait longer than Brexiteers but 232 days on from their Paris triomphe they secured another away win and are likely to stay in Europe.

The 1,395 United supporters who trekked to Belgrade and clicked through the Partizan Stadium turnstiles had not celebrated a goal away from Old Trafford since Daniel James rifled it in at Southampton in August. Anthony Martial caressed the ball into the bottom corner 41 minutes in. The drought ended at 313.

United have one foot in the Europa League knockout stage with two of their last three matches at home. The competition crowned United’s most successful campaign of the post-Ferguson era in 2016-17 and may grant salvation for another manager.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be especially delighted by the timing of the overdue away win, with three consecutive away matches to come in the next nine days at Norwich, Chelsea and Bournemouth. Partizan had only suffered one home loss this term and United showed admirable grit to prevail.

It was only made possible by the buccaneering Brandon Williams. The 19-year-old’s charge into the Partizan penalty area was halted by Nemanja Miletic and Martial, on his first start in 61 days, converted. Williams was congratulated for his adventure by Juan Mata, relieved a teammate had responded to his call for more men in the final third.

Amid United’s search for a new left-back due to Luke Shaw’s injury issues, Williams has emerged as a credible competitor. He was, until recently such a rookie Solskjaer did not deem him worthy of namechecking when he outlined his intention to use the Europa League as a breeding ground for the talented teenagers. Williams did not make the pre-season tour squad but was unflappable at AZ Alkmaar at the start of the month and his first-team squad position may be considered permanent now.

Williams was in Belgrade last year for the Under-19s’ educational Youth League trip. He stood around the centre circle for the minute’s silence on the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster and visited The Majestic Hotel where the Busby Babes stayed. The Crumpsall-born defender did the United following that aired their paean to the Babes proud.

James Garner, involved in the first-team set-up since the 2018 pre-season tour, earned a belated full debut to freshen up a stagnant midfield. The inclusion of Garner, 18, was welcomed by supporters who have been calling for his involvement for some time.

The Partizan supporters provided balletic choreography with their raised scarves and club hymns. The white ticker tape rained down like in Argentina ’78. Riot police kitted out like Robocop patrolled the ground and firefighters were positioned behind the goal to douse any flares. The mere sound of a United chant was drowned out by piercing boos.

Mercifully, there was no report of racist behaviour and though the game did not live up to Partizan coach Savo Milosevic’s hope for a ‘celebration of football’, there was much to admire about the Partizan contingent on the terraces. Solskjaer applauded them as he approached the tunnel at full-time.

The fervent atmosphere permeated through to the press box, where the only Serbian dissenter was a heavy who aggressively stamped his foot on a colleague’s desk and confronted another until he was restrained. Apparent conversations were conducted as heatedly as an argument until the fearless fan relocated to another vantage point.

At least the pitch offered escapism for United players and another easy header from a set-piece was squandered by Scott McTominay from Juan Mata’s inswinger. Martial elicited the loudest roar when he was effortlessly outmuscled and Jesse Lingard was so tentative a few United substitutes were ordered to warm up.

There was such a lack of cohesion Mata, ostensibly the link for the attack, was on the left wing for a counter-attack that stopped before it had even started. Lingard – always at his best when thinking instinctively – clipped an effort against the post. Umar Sadiq soon smacked the woodwork at the other end. Martial, via Williams, netted the game’s only goal just before half-time.

Harry Maguire’s European debut for United and maiden captaincy stint began amateurishly when he failed to stay for the coin toss and he experienced his poorest performance for his new club. Seydouba Soumah left Maguire on his backside on 52 minutes but Sergio Romero repelled his tame effort easily.

Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were withdrawn on the hour and Solskjaer beckoned the reprieved Lingard over in anticipation of the formation change. The only thing that intensified was the Partizan supporters’ injustice at rejected penalty appeals. One follower called for the Video Assistant Review, absent for the Europa League. Those cries of injustice were more severe than the mild moans at another Romero denial from Takuma Asano.

United’s wait was over.

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Puma & More Fight For Signature Of Marcus Rashford

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On going news feed reveals Manchester United’s player maker Marcus Rashford’s deal with Nick is soon expiring.

As a result of this, the Puma brand is leading the race to obtain the signature of the player.

According to other sources, Marcus Rashford signed for Nike at age 11 making him the youngest player to ever sign with the giant company.

Puma recently had the change to have Brazilian player Neymar Jnr as a major signee on their brand as a Brand Ambassador.

See tweets surrounding Marcus Rashford’s new incoming deal.

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“I’m Spreading AIDS On Campus Because A Lady From Pent Hall Gave Me” : Male Legon Student Boldly Says

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A screenshot is circulating on social media that sees a user of ‘Jodel’ app saying boldly that he’s spreading HIV/AIDS among his mates at University of Ghana, Legon.

According to him, a student from Pent Hall gave him AIDS, and he has also decided to spread it to many in revenge.

His messages on the discreet social media platform reads: “I eat some Twitter girl rydee for Evandy (name of a hostel) she tell ein boy for hostel say she dey go SU all night”.

He continued: Go and get tested brother. Same excuse one girl gave to her BF to just come see me. I’m positive now.

Me I get AIDS already I give am. Adey spread am for campus cos some pent girl take gimme“.

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About Jodel app

Jodel is the community app that shows you what’s happening in your area in real-time.

Unlike other apps, they kind of keep your personal details private so people feel free to confess their dirtiest calls.

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Ghanaians Angry After Sky News Called Ghanaians The World’s Poorest People | WATCH

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Ghanaians are angry after the UK-based Media network, Sky News referred to them as one of the world’s poorest people.

This comes after 600,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine arrived safely in Ghana this morning.

Sky News reported on it. However, how they labeled Ghanaians in their caption on Twitter has caused an uproar on the microblogging site.

Their caption reads: “A flight carrying 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine has arrived in Ghana as part of a global effort to immunize the world’s poorest people.”

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Ghanaians on Twitter have fired at the media company, telling them that they deserve to be referred to with a much respectable word and not calling them ‘poorest people’.

See some reactions below:

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Background

Approximately 600,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have arrived in Ghana this morning.

Ghana applied for Covid-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility and the country was assigned 6 million doses.

The 600,000 doses which arrive in the country today forms part of the 2.4 million doses of the first batch of Oxford-AstraZeneca the country is expected to receive.

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