EPL: Iheanacho, Ndidi suffer defeat at Old Trafford

Iheanacho: ManU vs Lei

The Nigerian duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi ended on the losing side in the first game of the season in the English Premier League on Friday night at Old Trafford.

Iheanacho and Ndidi enjoyed 90 minutes of action. But they could not help their team escape an opening day defeat as Manchester United secured a 2-1 win over Leicester City.

Paul Pogba inspired Manchester United to a winning start to the new Premier League season.

The Frenchman’s emphatic penalty just two minutes into the game, following a Daniel Amartey handball, fired United into the lead before Luke Shaw doubled the advantage late on.

Shaw’s strike was his first career competitive goal, catching out Ricardo Pereira before turning the ball into the far corner.

David De Gea produced a stunning save to deny James Maddison in the first half, but United were generally comfortable throughout the game – albeit not the most entertaining.

Jamie Vardy squeezed the ball home for a consolation in stoppage time, but it proved to be too late.

The other Week 1 games of the EPL will take place on Saturday and Sunday with a couple of Nigerian players expected in action.

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Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter@tundeyeludini


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