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Harry Maguire: Man Utd’s defence ‘not on same wavelength’

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Harry Maguire has admitted that he failed to jell with new centre-back partner Lisandro Martinez during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton on Sunday in their season opener. The Seagulls capitalised on some questionable defending to race to a 2-0 lead before half-time thanks to a brace from Pascal Gross.

United did improve after the break and cut the deficit to one 22 minutes from time courtesy of an Alexis Mac Allister own goal, but they could not register an equaliser.

Brighton had never won at Old Trafford before handing new Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag a loss to start his tenure on the wrong foot.

“It’s something we need to address or it’ll keep happening. The first goal felt like a big blow to all 11 of our players,” Maguire told Sky Sports after the game.

“It’s great to have Lisandro Martinez at the club. We have competition for places at centre-back. We’ve not played much together and in that first period we weren’t on the same wavelength. Centre-back partnerships are built over time and we will get a lot better and keep clean sheets.

“Everyone knew the task. We had a bad season last season. We’ve got a new manager trying to put his philosophy on the team but when we don’t get it right we look far too open.”

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Super Eagles Captain, Ahmed Musa Undergoes Surgery

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Ahmed Musa Undergoes Succesful Surgery

Nigeria national team’s captain and Sivasspor forward, Ahmed Musa has successfully undergone arm surgery.

The Leicester City player announced this in an Instagram post, as he thanks well-wishers for prayers and messages sent.

READ ALSO: Barcelona’s Defender, Ronald Araujo Completes Surgery, Unavailable Indefinitely

“I just want to express my heartfelt appreciation to Allah for a successful surgery on my left arm. As we all know, no surgery is too minor so I am grateful for the competent doctors assigned to me for a job well done.

“Also to you all, for your messages, prayers, and words of encouragement. I hope to be back on the field soon stronger and absolutely better. Thanks, everyone,” Musa wrote.

Ahmed Musa picked up an injury on his left arm in a duel with an opposing player when playing against MKE Ankaragücü for his club, as Sivasspor lost 2-1.

Musa was initially listed in Peseiro’s 25-man Super Eagles squad supposed to face Algeria yesterday, Tuesday, September 27.

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Barcelona’s Defender, Ronald Araujo Completes Surgery, Unavailable Indefinitely

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Barcelona's Defender, Ronald Araujo Completes Surgery, Unavailable Indefinitely

Barcelona’s center-back, Ronald Federico Araujo da Silva has successfully completed his surgery, but will be out of Laliga games till his full recovery.

The Spanish club disclosed this in a statement on its official website, as he picked up the injury during his international friendly against Iran.

“The first team player Ronald Araujo has been operated on successfully for his adductor longus avulsion injury in his right thigh. The procedure was carried out by Dr. Lasse Lampainen under the supervision of the Club’s medical services in Turku, Finland. The player is unavailable for selection and his recovery will dictate his return.  

READ ALSO: Mikel Obi Retires From Football

“The defender sustained the injury last Friday on international duty in the fifth minute of the game between Iran and Uruguay. Araujo has made seven appearances for FC Barcelona in the 2022/23 season,” The club wrote.

Barcelona will travel to Visit Mallorca Estadi when they face Mallorca on Saturday, as they hope to continue their unbeaten run.

The club has played 6 Laliga games, winning five, with one draw, as they currently sit second on the log, just below Europe Champions, Real Madrid.

Ronald Araujo is an instrumental player in the squad, as the Blaugrana will be wishing his fast recover to return to action.

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Mikel Obi Retires From Football

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Mikel Obi Retires From Football

Former Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi has retired from professional football.

Obi made this disclosure on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, in a post on his social media pages.

The post read: “There is a saying that “all good things must come to an end”, and for my professional football career, that day is today.

“I look back at the past 20 years of my career, and I must say that I am very satisfied with all that I was able to achieve and more importantly the human it has helped shape.

“All of this would not have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, managers, clubs, coaches, teammates and most importantly my ever-loyal fans. You supported me through my highs and lows, even on days that I did not live up to your expectations. I say a big thank you.

“I will also like to encourage everyone who I may have inspired one way or the other in the course of my career to never give up on their dreams, for every time you think about quitting, remind yourself why you started.

This is not goodbye, it’s the start of another journey, another chapter of my life. I look forward to what the future holds and I hope you will walk with me. Thank you.”

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