Maina Kageni pays Shaffie Weru 10k for losing a bet (Photos)

Maina placed a ten thousand shilling bet with Kiss fm’s Shaffie Weru for the match between Manchester United and Chelsea played on Saturday 18th April.

Initially the bet was to be five thousand shillings but Maina, an avid Manchester United supporter  increased the amount to ten thousand because he was sure that his team would beat Chelsea.

While collecting the money  Shaffie said that each of the ten notes represented the Chelsea team players.

The game ended Chelsea 1- Manchester 0 with a goal from  Eden Hazard.

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Maina Kageni counting the money
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Shaffie Weru confirms the amount
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Shaffie picks one note after the other while mentioning the players names
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Maina gives away 10k for losing the bet
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Shaffie shows off his winnings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Van Gaal reveals derby desire

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said it would be a “dream” to add a Manchester derby win to his long list of football achievements, saying his side’s recent poor run of results in the fixture was of no great concern to him.

United have lost their last four matches against bitter rivals Manchester City ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford, and have never in their history lost five in a row.

However, Van Gaal believes that because three of those defeats pre-date his arrival at United they become less relevant to his cause.

City beat United in their most recent meeting at Eastlands in November thanks to Sergio Aguero’s goal, while the visitors played the majority of that game a man down following Chris Smalling’s red card.

“Of course I dream of it,” former Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Netherlands boss van Gaal said Friday of the prospect of beating City.

“Every player shall dream of the victory.

“The run of four games? It’s not my story. What can I say? We have lost 1-0 — that’s my history. One-nil and we have also a red card,” the Dutchman added.

“What I say always in such games, always you have to control your aggression. And we didn’t do that at that time. So I hope we have learned from that moment.”

Van Gaal believes that a victory over reigning champions City would help cement United’s third place in the Premier League, with the Red Devils currently a point in front of their local rivals, and avoid the need to go through a Champions League play-off next season.

“You want to win because it’s a big step in the table also,” the 63-year-old United manager said.

“When you win, the third place is reachable and a month ago no-one was thinking about that – besides me of course!

“Then the third position is also good because you are certainly qualified for the Champions League.”

The derby is unlikely to feature any players born in Manchester, although van Gaal played down the significance of the statistic, saying the game would lack nothing of its traditional intensity as a result.

“I think at this moment, in our football world, I don’t think it’s an obligation to play always with a player who is out of the youth education.

“When you see it internationally we are not at the exception. I know also a match between derby teams of the same city is always very special. I am always confident, because I always believe in my team.”

United striker Robin van Persie will miss the game as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury, while left-back Luke Shaw will be absent with a hamstring problem.

United centre-back Smalling is expected to be available after he missed the win over Aston Villa through illness.

Van Gaal added: “Most of the players are fit. But fit for me is a different situation so I don’t think every player is fit.

“For example, Robin van Persie is not fit enough to play. I don’t think Luke Shaw is fit enough to play.

“I cannot say they are not fit, but in my opinion they are not fit to play. Fit to play, match rhythm that’s very different.”

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Five classic Man United v Arsenal FA Cup ties

Old foes Manchester United and Arsenal face off at Old Trafford on Monday in an FA Cup quarter-final that represents both teams’ best hope of winning a trophy this season.

Here, AFP Sports recalls five classic FA Cup encounters between the clubs, who have each won the trophy on a joint-record 11 occasions.

Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United — final, Wembley, May 1979

Dubbed ‘The Five-minute Final’. Arsenal appeared to be coasting to victory courtesy of first-half goals from Brian Talbot and future United striker Frank Stapleton, only for Gordon McQueen to bring Dave Sexton’s side back into the game with four minutes remaining. Sammy McIlroy equalised two minutes later, but with United’s fans still celebrating in the Wembley sunshine, Graham Rix crossed from the left for Alan Sunderland to squeeze an 89th-minute winner past Gary Bailey.

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United — semi-final replay, Villa Park, April 1999

The last ever FA Cup semi-final replay was settled by arguably the tournament’s greatest ever goal as United secured a victory that inspired them to a glorious Treble. In a game of dizzying momentum swings, David Beckham put United ahead from long range, only for Dennis Bergkamp to equalise with a deflected shot. United were reduced to 10 men when Roy Keane was sent off and Phil Neville then conceded a last-minute penalty for tripping Ray Parlour. But Peter Schmeichel saved Bergkamp’s spot-kick and in the 19th minute of extra time, a loose pass from Patrick Vieira was picked up on the halfway line by Ryan Giggs, who scythed through Arsenal’s fabled back four before slamming a shot past David Seaman.

Arsenal 0-1 Manchester United — semi-final, Villa Park, April 2004

With second-tier rivals Millwall and Sunderland facing off in the other semi-final at Old Trafford, this last-four tie was seen as a de facto final. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal were gunning for a third successive FA Cup success and would finish the season unbeaten as league champions, but Paul Scholes’s emphatic 32nd-minute strike gave United victory and Alex Ferguson’s side comfortably outclassed Millwall in the final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United (Arsenal win 5-4 on penalties) — final, Millennium Stadium, May 2005

United and Arsenal were blown away by newcomer Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in the league in 2004-05, but the FA Cup final gave both sides a chance to finish the season with a piece of silverware. Inspired by Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, United were dominant, hitting the woodwork three times, but it was Arsenal who ultimately prevailed on penalties. After Jens Lehmann had saved from Paul Scholes, Patrick Vieira swept home the decisive spot-kick in his final Arsenal game before leaving for Juventus.

Manchester United 4-0 Arsenal — fifth round, Old Trafford, February 2008

The two clubs were on contrasting trajectories — United three months away from a league and Champions League double; Arsenal three years into a trophy drought that would extend for a further six — and it showed in a one-sided affair at Old Trafford. Darren Fletcher scored twice, with Wayne Rooney and Nani also on target, and Nani rubbed salt into Arsenal’s wounds late in the game by audaciously juggling the ball on his head as he ran back towards his own goal, to the visible displeasure of his opponents.

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Van Gaal frustrated by Manchester United slip-up

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expressed frustration after his side squandered a chance to avenge their Premier League opening day loss to Swansea City in a 2-1 defeat.

Ander Herrera gave the visitors a 28th-minute lead at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, but Swansea equalised less than two minutes later through South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng.

The game was won 17 minutes from time when Bafetimbi Gomis inadvertently deflected Jonjo Shelvey’s long-range strike over David de Gea to bring United’s 19-game unbeaten run to a halt.

“It is always frustrating when you dominate a team and lose,” van Gaal told reporters after a result that saw his team slip to fourth place.

“Your disappointment is much bigger because of that. If you think they deserved to win, you have to say.

“The first half, I think, was equal. I counted the number of chances Swansea had and we had the same. We scored one each, so there was no big difference.

“In the second half, there was a big difference. But we were not effective. We dominated the game, even with 10 men, because Robin van Persie could not run anymore after his injury.

“I cannot say anything about my players except that we lost. The disappointment is much bigger. I think you have to see the slow-motion of the match, then you can see which players were not effective.

“Sometimes you can control the ball instead of shooting directly. Normally we are very effective, so it is amazing that we have lost.”

Van Persie left the stadium on crutches after injuring himself late on and his striker partner Wayne Rooney admitted it had been a day to forget.

“We certainly deserved to win the game,” said the United captain. “That’s the disappointing thing. When you play well and can’t get the win. But that’s football.”

– ‘Better lucky than good’ –

Gomis’s fortuitous goal allowed ninth-place Swansea to complete a first ever home-and-away league double over United and victorious manager Garry Monk said he was more than satisfied with the manner of victory.

“I would rather be lucky than good,” he said. “Yes, we had to ride some pressure, but even with the players they have, they only had one shot.

“We scored a very good goal in the first half and responded as you would want your players to respond. We had shots cleared off the line and we more than competed.

“I think we needed to be a bit better in the second half, but we dealt with the pressure they put on us. In the end, we scored a fantastic goal and probably could have had a third.”

Monk also expressed pride in his players’ reaction after a disappointing 2-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion in their previous outing.

“It is the first time in the club’s history that we have got the double against them and I told the players before the game that anything, in terms of creating history, is worth fighting for,” he said.

“To be able to do the double, I think everyone connected with the club should be proud. I have always believed in my team.

“It won’t always go to plan, but we responded well after a disappointing result at West Brom. We stuck together and got the win, which our performance deserved. We have to be pleased.

“I have spoken to the group about an opportunity to create a special season. We might not be winning the league, but we have different things to fight for.

“You have to be remembered for something. We have 13 games left in our season and we have to remain focused on those games.”

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Blind rescues late point for United against West Ham

Daley Blind’s stoppage-time goal rescued a point for Manchester United in a 1-1 draw away to West Ham at Upton Park on Sunday as they failed to leapfrog Southampton into third place in the Premier League table.

Cheikhou Kouyate’s superb finish, with the Senegal midfielder, who had his back to goal, controlling a Mark Noble free-kick before volleying home in the 49th minute, looked as if it would win the game for the Hammers.

But after both sides had chances to score late on it was Blind who, after Marcus Rojo’s ball into the box was only partly cleared, fired home to seal a draw in the second-minute of stoppage-time.

There was still time for United’s Luke Shaw to be sent off for a second bookable offence but his exit came too late to have a bearing on the result.

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Moyes admits he did ban chips at Man Utd

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed he did ban players from eating chips during his brief stint at Old Trafford because he believed some of the squad were overweight.

Rio Ferdinand, in his recent autobiography ‘#2Sides’, was severely critical of the way in which Moyes’s management style after he took over at Old Trafford and highlighted the chip ban as an example of what was wrong with his approach.

United Players had got used to having the low-fat chips as a pre-game ritual on a Friday night under Moyes’s predecessor Alex Ferguson — British football’s most successful manager – but the former Everton boss decided it was a treat they could do without.

“Yes, I did ban chips,” Moyes told Britain’s Four Four Two football magazine. “It was because a couple of players were overweight and I didn’t think chips were good for their diet.”

Moyes was sacked just 10 months into a six-year contract at Old Trafford when it became impossible for the club to qualify for this season’s edition of the lucrative European Champions League.

But the Scot has started to rebuild his reputation with Real Sociedad and last month Moyes guided his new club to a shock 1-0 league win over Spanish giants Barcelona.

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United top Premier League salary list

Manchester United have the highest wage bill in the Premier League, according to figures released on Monday.

United paid out a total £214.8 million ($324 million) on salaries in the 2013-14 season, while English champions Manchester City’s wage costs dropped last season to £205 million.

Chelsea, currently top of the Premier League, paid £190.5 million, up eight per cent from £176 million, according to the club’s annual accounts which were lodged at Companies House this week.

Arsenal are next in the pay league with a total wage bill of £166.4 million, while the scale of Southampton’s recent success is illustrated by the fact that their wage bill was a fraction of their top-four rivals.

The latest figures available for 2012-13 show the Saints, currently third in the Premier League after beating United on Sunday, paid out just £47.1 million in salaries.

Chelsea’s accounts confirm the club’s announcement in November that they made a £18.4 million profit last season.

Sales of several players, including Juan Mata to United, allowed the club to overturn a £49.4 million loss on the season before and should make them assured to comply with UEFA’s financial fair play rules.

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Saints stun United, Arsenal cruisei

Southampton climbed above Manchester United into third place in the Premier League with a shock 1-0 win at Old Trafford, while Alexis Sanchez took centre-stage as Arsenal crushed Stoke 3-0 on Sunday.

Ronald Koeman’s side stole the points in a dour encounter as Dusan Tadic’s 69th minute strike boosted Southampton’s bid to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four finish.

It was the Saints’ first win over United since 2003 and their first at Old Trafford since 1988.

After a wobble in early December, Southampton are firmly back on track having beaten United and Arsenal, and drawn with Chelsea, in their last three league matches.

“If you play against a big side you need spirit and quality but you also need belief in yourself and your team-mates and we showed that today,” Koeman said.

“We have had good organisation all season and that is key to being successful.”

United, now two points behind Southampton, could have few complaints after a lacklustre performance which condemned them to their first home defeat since the opening weekend of the season against Swansea.

Louis van Gaal’s team are without a win in their last three league games and recent talk of a potential title challenge is likely to be silenced as they lie 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

“We played a much better game than Southampton. They were lucky to score out of nothing. That is very disappointing,” van Gaal said.

“We have to improve. We have to make better choices with the ball.”

Koeman’s side took the lead in the 69th minute when Graziano Pelle’s shot hit a post and rebounded to Serbian midfielder Tadic, who swept his low shot past Tyler Blackett’s attempt to clear off the line.

Juan Mata missed United’s best chance, firing just wide, as the hosts pressed in vain for an equaliser.

– Majestic Sanchez –

At the Emirates Stadium, Sanchez delivered a majestic display as Arsenal kept up the pressure in the race for a top four finish with an emphatic win against Stoke.

Sanchez made Laurent Koscielny’s opener and then netted his 17th and 18th goals of the season either side of half-time to lift Arsenal above Tottenham into fifth spot.

The battle for Champions League qualification is hotting up, with Arsene Wenger’s side only one point behind fourth placed United.

“Collectively, you’re happy when you score a few goals. We had a strong start and we knew that was vital today,” Wenger said.

“Alexis Sanchez is one of the best players. He’s a fighter with a combination of talent and fighting spirit which is very difficult to find.

“He plays with passion and you want people to enjoy what they’re doing on the pitch and show it as well.”

Just five weeks after Stoke’s shock home victory over the Gunners, Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Robert Pires watched from the stands as French defender Koscielny started the revenge mission with a sixth minute header from Sanchez’s cross.

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy was forced off with a shoulder injury after tangling with Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic.

“He has to see a specialist then we see where we go from there. A dislocated shoulder can take a while,” Wenger added.

But the hosts struck again in the 33rd minute.

It was another moment of magic from Sanchez as the former Barcelona forward took Tomas Rosicky’s pass and sized up his options before cleverly beating Asmir Begovic at his near post.

Sanchez wasn’t finished yet and his deflected free-kick four minutes after the interval sealed the points.

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Van Gaal wants Valdes to push De Gea at United

Louis van Gaal expects new signing Victor Valdes to push fellow Spaniard David de Gea for the goalkeeper’s jersey at Manchester United.

After a rocky start, De Gea has become firmly established as United’s number one since signing from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

The Spain international is enjoying an outstanding season under new boss van Gaal and is emerging as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

But the 24-year-old, who is yet to accept the new contract on offer from United to replace his existing deal which expires at the end of next season, has not previously faced the kind of competition Valdes will bring.

The 32-year-old offers the pedigree of a three-time Champions League winner and six-time La Liga winner from his time at Barcelona.

And after proving his recovery from a serious knee injury which blighted the end of his career with Barcelona last season and ended his hopes of playing in last year’s World Cup, Valdes is not at Old Trafford just to see out his career.

Van Gaal, who signed free agent Valdes an 18-month contract, said on Friday: “Nobody is happy to be number two and he has to have an ambition to beat David de Gea, although it will be very hard for him.

“My ambition is to have the best players who can collaborate with each other to form the best team in the world.

“Of course when you invite Victor to have his rehabilitation here at Manchester United you do that for him but also for yourself.

“I then had the chance to see him, to see his behaviour in rehabilitation but also if his quality is still the same and he has confirmed both. That’s very important for me and also for him.

“When I am satisfied then mostly the players are also satisfied.”

– United on mend –

Valdes’ signing is likely to spell the end of Anders Lindegaard’s time at United with the Denmark international expected to move on.

Valdes could be on the bench for the first time against Southampton at Old Trafford on Sunday when van Gaal admits he will face a rare selection dilemma.

Having seen his options massively reduced by injuries since taking over last year, the United manager confirmed that winger Ashley Young, out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury, is his only absentee as United look to extend their 10-match unbeaten run.

United are hoping to pull clear of Southampton — a point below them in fourth place in the Premier League — with a repeat of the victory they enjoyed against Ronald Koeman’s side on the south coast just over a month ago.

“I have only one player injured. I have to select for the first time in my career at Manchester United, the 11 and the 18 players,” van Gaal said.

“I have to select the best team and watch the qualities of Southampton and hope I can reduce that quality by our line-up and our game plan.”

Van Gaal stressed that not all of his players are 100 per cent fit.

But defender Daley Blind, out since mid-November with a knee injury sustained on international duty with the Netherlands, is back in full training, along with Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini, who have both been out for a month as United near a rare clean bill of health.

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Manchester United keen on keeping De Gea

Manchester United are determined to hold onto David de Gea, despite having agreed an 18-month contract with former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

The club are set to announce that the 32-year-old has signed on at Old Trafford as understudy to De Gea, having been convinced that the former Barcelona goalkeeper – who has not played since sustaining a serious knee injury nine months ago – is not a long-term medical risk.

But though the decision to sign the Catalonian until 2017 will create doubts about De Gea, who has only 18 months left on his contract, the prospects of Real Madrid bringing the 24-year-old back to Spain this summer are not thought to be substantial. Valdes is considered as a goalkeeper who can provide the kind of genuine competition for De Gea which current No 2 Anders Lindegaard is not offering.

United manager Louis van Gaal has does not consider Lindegaard to be good enough and United had anticipated since the autumn that he would leave Old Trafford this month.

-Guardian

Van Gaal reflects on happy United Christmas

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said the Christmas period had been a triumph for his team after they beat Yeovil Town to reach the FA Cup fourth round.

While Sunday’s 2-0 win against third-tier opponents who sat 65 places below them in the league ladder was to be expected, Van Gaal was pleased to achieve it, despite picking up two more injured defenders along the way.

Right-back Rafael da Silva suffered a possible fractured cheekbone, while left-back Luke Shaw picked up an ankle problem. Both were substituted at half-time.

“I’m very happy that we have survived this festive period because I don’t have a big squad because of all the injuries. I had a small squad,” Van Gaal said after the match.

“I could not change much and in spite of that we have regained ground on Chelsea by one point (in the Premier League) after the festive period and we are in the fourth round of the FA Cup. What more can a manager wish for?

“I have heard from my fantastic assistant manager (Ryan Giggs) that Man United have not won the FA Cup for 10 years and maybe we can do that this year. But it is a very long way.”

Rafael left Yeovil’s Huish Park stadium early to have his injury assessed and Van Gaal praised the Brazilian for his commitment while sympathising with his misfortune in getting injured.

“He played through (the pain) because the last few weeks he didn’t play and now he is injured,” said the Dutchman. “He has a fantastic mentality, it’s unbelievable.”

Ander Herrera’s superb 64th-minute strike from outside the penalty area put United ahead before a calm finish from substitute Angel di Maria sealed United’s progress in the final minute of the match.

On Herrera’s strike, Van Gaal said: “It’s his class. It’s not his first goal from outside the box and it was a fantastic goal. There was a little bit of luck, but you need that and I was very happy with him.”

– ‘Gave them a fright’ –

Robin van Persie was rested for the game so James Wilson came into the side to start in attack alongside Radamel Falcao, with Wayne Rooney playing in midfield.

United failed to create a decent chance in the first half, but improved after the break.

Van Gaal was ultimately pleased with how his side went about their business, and that Di Maria got some time on the pitch after missing the last two weeks with hamstring and pelvic problems.

“We didn’t have the patience in the first half,” he said. “We wanted to make the first goal too much and I changed the shape. We had a man more in midfield then and we kept the ball better.

“We have a lot of pace in our attack and that is why I selected Wilson and later I gave Di Maria 30 minutes, because he needs to build up his match rhythm.

“It’s not a matter of how far below us they were because when you see the performance of Yeovil Town and how they press the ball, the ball was always under pressure and you can do that with an amateur team also.”

Gary Johnson, the Yeovil manager, had warned his players not to ask for ‘selfies’ with Rooney and his illustrious team-mates before the match, but he was proud of their performance on the day.

“I wanted to make sure we gave them a fright and we did that,” Johnson said.

“When the boys get home, they’ll realise what they’ve done here. I don’t think there was £159 million ($244 million, 203 million euros) between the sides.”

Di Maria unhappy at United

Angel Di Maria is apparently unhappy with life at Manchester United and is lining up a move to PSG in the coming months.

Di Maria came close to joining PSG in the summer, only for the transfer to collapse at the last-minute, allowing United to step in and sign him.

But according to reports gathered by Spanish website Fichajes, the Argentine star is unhappy with life at United and could join PSG soon.

The move seems incredibly unlikely but the site says that Di Maria’s agent has already held talks with PSG about the switch.

Di Maria has recently refused to rule out  signing for PSG one day, and said a fortnight ago that a switch there would be a ‘ great experience‘.

-Metro