Benzema goal vs Huesca is just pure class
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on midfielder Scott McTominay after his performance against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, adding that the youngster is improving in every game he plays.
The Scotsman played the entire game as United slumped to 1-0 defeat at the hands of Spanish La Liga side Barcelona on Wednesday night.
The 22-year-old won the Man of the Match award after a commanding display against the best team in the La Liga.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer said: ‘Scott McTominay was fantastic. Every time he plays for us he is improving.
‘He’s a great athlete, wins his challenges and quick on his feet. He started settling us to be fair [after United went behind].’
McTominay has made 17 appearances for United this season, scoring once.
He is a product of United’s academy and made his Premier League debut when he came on as a substitute against Arsenal on the 7th of May, 2017.
His first Premier League start for the club was against Crystal Palace on the 21st of May, 2017.
Solskjaer will be hoping the youngster continues to improve and gives a good account of himself if he is given another chance against Barcelona in the second leg.
With the future of Ander Herrera in doubt, United may have just found an ideal replacement for the Spaniard.
If he is consistent, his youthfulness and ability to put in enormous strength will make him the darling of United supporters.
At this stage, it is important for the youngster to avoid the distractions that come from being the centre of attention and focus on giving his best in training.
He should learn from previous United youngsters who have broken into the first team and failed to maintain and improve on the work that got them to the top.
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BRILLIANT! SOLSKJAER REVEALS PLAN AHEAD OF SECOND LEG AGAINST BARCELONA
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed his plan to defeat Barcelona in the second leg of his side’s UEFA Champions League tie with the La Liga leaders.
United were beaten by one goal to nothing in the first leg played on Wednesday.
A Luke Shaw own goal in the 12th minute was all Ernesto Valverde’s men needed to claim victory at Old Trafford.
Speaking after the game, Ole Gunnar Solskajer revealed he will be going in to the game with one thing in mind.
He said: ‘We played a good team. We know you have to defend a lot without the ball and you might be tired when you get the chance yourself.
‘We go there with one thing in my mind, we have to score.’
There is no doubt United will have to score to go through to the semi-final, but the game at the Nou Camp won’t be easy by any means.
It is expected that Barcelona will dominate the second leg, leaving United with the option of playing on the counter.
Aside playing on the counter, Solskjaer will have to rely on set-pieces in order to get a goal. This is where a player like Lukaku will be useful, given his physical presence.
It remains to be seen if Lionel Messi will be able to give a better performance after a not too inspiring first leg where he was bullied by Chris Smalling.
The United defender had prior to the game said that he was ready for the challenge against Messi, urging the little Argentine to ‘bring it on’.
Smalling showed he was ready for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner by making life very difficult for him.
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LEGEND! BENZEMA SETS A NEW RECORD THAT MESSI, RONALDO, RAUL, SUAREZ FAILED TO ACHIEVE IN THEIR CAREER
Karim Benzema scored in the 89th minute curler to earn Real Madrid a dramatic 3-2 win at home to LaLiga’s bottom side Huesca in Zinedine Zidane’s second match since his return. Xabier Etxeita seemed to have earned Huesca a shock draw at Real Madrid, but Karim Benzema fired home to settle a five-goal thriller. With Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Raphael Varane, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior and Dani Carvajal all out, Luca Zidane started in goal and Brahim Diaz made his full league debut for Madrid.
Huesca took an early lead against the understrength side named by the senior Zidane, with Cucho Hernandez beating the coach’s son, but Isco equalised before half-time. Dani Ceballos put Madrid in front before captain Xabier Etxeita equalised for Huesca, but a shock was averted as Benzema produced an excellent late strike to give Zinedine Zidane two wins from two.
History is being made at Real Madrid by Karim Benzema. It isn’t just at the club either but also within LaLiga Santander. The Frenchman scored against Huesca and completed a historic record, by netting against every team he has faced in the league throughout his career.
He has faced 34 teams since arriving at Real Madrid a decade ago and scored against every one of them, after his late winner against Huesca on Sunday. That feat is something that neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo have achieved in their careers. Messi has scored again 37 of 40 teams, failing to net against Cadiz, Murcia and Huesca, while Ronaldo netted against 32 of 33, with only Leganes keeping him out.
Benzema’s record also surpasses that of Hugo Sanchez, who left LaLiga Santander having scored against all of the teams he faced, although he took on 33, which is one less than the former Lyon man. Raul also scored against 35 different teams in the top flight, but failed to score against four other clubs.
Meanwhile, after the game Karim Benzema was tagged the greatest number nine on the planet, according to his Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Odriozola. The Real Madrid full-back feels his team-mate, their match-winner against Huesca, is the world’s best number nine. Benzema scored the winner in the 89th minute at the Santiago Bernabeu to down LaLiga’s bottom side Huesca 3-2.
He had played a role in both of Madrid’s earlier goals but had to strike late after Xabier Etxeita seemed to have earned the strugglers a priceless point. The former France international has now scored against all 34 teams he has faced in LaLiga, with his tally this season standing at 14. Strikers including Harry Kane, Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski, Edinson Cavani and even Cristiano Ronaldo may claim otherwise, but Odriozola feels Benzema is the world’s best of his type.
“Karim has an incredible quality,” the full-back told Real Madrid TV. “I always say that he is the best ‘number nine’ in the world and he has shown it again.”
Zinedine Zidane’s side were laboured at times, making hard work of beating a team who look destined for relegation. Odriozola conceded there was plenty of room for improvement, but was content to take the points which moved them to within two of rivals Atletico Madrid in second.
“There are things that need to be improved, we won and that is what is important. We put everything on the field to make things go better in the second half,” he said. “The first one has cost us, many losses [of possession], it gave them a boost. We have managed to correct them, the team has worked well, we have not had the brilliance, but the important thing was to win. “We have to congratulate Huesca, who, being in the situation they are in, have made a great match.”
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