The press has gone quiet around Old Trafford in the wake of United’s 2-2 draw against Fulham yesterday. Sir Alex is questioning Nani’s penalty kick and Ajax have been upset by United’s recruitment of Gyliano van Velzen.
Only a year after the recruitment of Paul Pogba cause controversy with Le Havre, United may be in trouble again. After bringing Dutch starlet Gyliano van Velzen to the club last week, his former club Ajax is now seeking compensation or may issue a complaint to FIFA. The winger joined the club rated as one of the best prospects in the Dutch football, and obviously Ajax are sad to see such a talent go. Just like with Le Havre, I doubt United will be found guilty, but it’s still an unfortunate controversy to encounter.
The Daily Mirror is reporting that Sir Alex is blaming Nani for United’s draw against Fulham yesterday. For those of you who didn’t see the match, Nani missed a penalty with three minutes remaining in regulation. The gaffer believes that with Ryan Giggs on the field, it should’ve been the veteran to take the spot kick. Shortly after the penalty Brede Hangeland scored the equalizer at Craven Cottage. While Nani should be able to put away a penalty kick or leave it for someone else to take, it can’t be blamed solely on the Portuguese winger. Following Paul Scholes’ opening goal, the whole squad appeared to lack any form of killer instinct. And Patrice Evra and Jonny Evans both had poor performances, very uncharacteristic for the two. You can’t put all the blame on one player. Penalties aren’t always converted. If you’ll recall, one of the best players on the planet – Cristiano Ronaldo – had one saved in the Champions League final. No one is perfect. Nani didn’t drop the points, the team did.
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