Fred and Fernandes Propel Man United to Victory Over Tottenham
Manchester United’s new signings came to play on Saturday as Fred and Diogo Fernandes led the club to an emphatic 4 0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils came out strong, and new striker Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock with his signature powerhouse finish in the 16th minute of play.
In the 35th minute, United doubled its advantage thanks to an acrobatic volley from Fernandes, who was able to cleanly redirect an Ashley Young cross past
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and into the back of the net.
Why did I choose this headline?
When I saw the headline, I was excited because it seemed like a football game. But when I read it, I realized that it was about soccer.
Soccer is also a really popular sport in America but not as much as football so this blog post is for Americans who don’t know what soccer is.
The goal of the game is to get the ball into your opponent’s goal by passing or kicking it with your foot (called footie) and without using your hands.
There are 10 players on each team: a goalkeeper, two defenders, four midfielders and two strikers.
All players except the keeper can touch the ball with their hands. There are 11 players per side on field at any time one player from each team is off the field at any given time during play.
What led to the success of Manchester United?
Manchester United’s midfield duo of Fred and Fernandes were instrumental in the team’s 4-0 victory over Tottenham on Wednesday.
The Brazilian, Fred, netted two goals while the Portuguese, Fernandes, assisted on one goal.
In addition to their attacking prowess, they also helped defensively by breaking up play in midfield.
They were pivotal in neutralizing Tottenham’s attack and maintaining possession for Manchester United throughout the match.
This allowed Anthony Martial to focus his attention solely on scoring goals rather than defending as well.
Where do Manchester United go from here?
Manchester United’s season is off to a promising start.
With the acquisition of Fred in the summer, they have found their midfield maestro.
His ability to distribute the ball at a high level combined with his excellent vision makes him one of the most dangerous central midfielders in Europe.
And while it was clear that he would be a good signing for Manchester United, he has exceeded expectations so far this season.
Playing alongside Paul Pogba, who was heavily criticised last year, Fred has been able to provide some much-needed stability in the middle of the park.
The full-backs are also getting more involved offensively than they were last year as Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian both looked very lively going forward.