Van Gaal Admits Sack Fears

Van GaalManchester United Manager, Louis Van Gaal, says that his position is under scrutiny after his side’s 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich City on Saturday.

Speaking in his post-match presser, Van Gaal admitted that he is under pressure because of the recent poor run of form.

He, however, insists that a change in management will not bring immediate success, before urging the club’s hierarchy to back him for the rest of the season.

United have lost their last three matches in all competitions and are winless in their last 6 games.

Manchester United were booed off by their own fans as Norwich earned a shock 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.

English Premier League Results

In other English Premier League matches played on Saturday, Newcastle played a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in St. James Park, while goals from Branislav Ivanovic, Pedro Rodriquez and Brazilian midfielder, Oscar gave Chelsea a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in front of new boss, Guus Hiddink.

Leicester City ensured they will be top of the table at Christmas by beating Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park.

Harry Kane scored on his 100th Tottenham appearance as they moved into the top four with a 2-0 victory at struggling Southampton.

Substitute Lee Chung-Yong lashed home a sensational winner for crystal palace at stoke to put the eagles level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham.

Bournemouth secured their second away win of the season after a 2-1 win over Westbrom.

Two Nigerians Make CAF Award Nominee List

Two Nigerians Make CAF Award Norminee ListTwo Nigerian internationals have been shortlisted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a 37-man list for the 2015 African Footballer of the year.

Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, who recently announced his retirement from international football made the list released by CAF on Sunday.

The current African Player of the year, Yaya Toure is also on the list.

England-based players Riyad Mahrez from Algeria, Yannick Bolasie of DR Congo, Ghana’s Andre Ayew, Mame Diouf from Senegal, Kenya’s Victor Wanyama and Gabon skipper, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on the list.

Meanwhile, no Nigerian player plying their trade in the domestic league made the shortlist of 24 players shortlisted for the African player of the year based in Africa.

Andre Ayew Named Africa’s Player of the Month

Andre AyewGhanaian star, Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew, has been named African Player of the Month of August in the English Premier League.

The Swansea City FC attacking midfielder beat other shortlisted African footballers – Yaya Toure of Manchester City and Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City to win the award.

The CEO of New African Soccer, Tunde Adelakun, said that the 25-year-old got “overwhelming support in an unprecedented voting number count for the monthly award”.

“We could see why Ayew won the award and kudos to him and to the participants in the vote. He just came into the Premier league and hit the ground running – scoring spectacularly against champions Chelsea in his debut and playing well in the month”.

“Riyad Mahrez pushed him close, and well worthy of it too, as Mahrez, a bargain buy by Leicester for only around £500,000 has had a sterling 2015, and was the league’s leading scorer in August.

“But I think people looked at the quality of opposition that Ayew faced and used it in determining the winner this month,” he said.

Andre Ayew’s superiority had earlier been confirmed with the Premier League having voted him the Player of the Month in August, as he inspired his team to major victories.