‘No better feeling’ for Iwobi after historic Man United winner for Fulham

Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi delivered a stunning stoppage-time winner to upset Manchester United, as Fulham dealt a blow to Erik ten Hag's side's aspirations for a top-four finish with a 2-1 triumph at Old Trafford.

Before the game, Manchester United boasted an unbeaten record, having won their last five matches, while Rasmus Hojlund had netted seven goals in his previous six games.

Iwobi's compatriot, Calvin Bassey, had given the Cottagers the lead after the interval, but Harry Maguire equalised for United shortly before stoppage-time.

Fulham's previous Premier League victory at Old Trafford occurred 21 years ago under the management of Chris Coleman.

Given their opponents had only secured one win in their last eight matches, Manchester United likely felt confident in extending their winning streak against Fulham.

Celebratory Iwobi revels in Old Trafford glory

Iwobi expressed his elation at returning to the team and securing a win at Old Trafford, describing it as an unparalleled feeling.

He said, “I'm over the moon right now to come back into the team and get a win at Old Trafford, a big stadium like this, there is no better feeling.”

Reflecting on the match, he emphasised the team's strong performance and their ability to capitalise on chances, stating, “We feel like we performed really well. We've been performing well recently it is just about getting the results but today at Old Trafford we did. Hopefully, we can kick off from this performance.”

Iwobi also praised Adama Traore's contribution in setting up his winning goal, noting, “We all know he [Adama Traore] can drive us up the pitch. He's a threat so as soon as he gets the ball, I'm heads down sprinting towards the goal and he was able to find me. So credit to him when he came on.”

Sharing insights into his goal-scoring strategy, he acknowledged the goalkeeper's anticipation and his own deceptive finish, saying, “As soon as, I took a first touch inside, the keeper thought I was going to get it into the far corner but I gave him the eyes and put in the near post.”

“I haven't seen his reaction yet but everyone said he wasn't able to move. A goal is a goal. We will take it and move on to the next one,” he continued.

Looking ahead to their next fixture against Brighton, he emphasised the importance of maintaining momentum, stating, “This one [the win] will give us a world of confidence and we will be able to take it to the next game against Brighton.

“Hopefully, we will be able to kick on and analyse, but we have to dust down. Everyone's emotions are gonna be high but we have to dust down and go again.”

In conclusion, Iwobi sees this victory as a significant confidence booster for the team's future endeavours, saying, “We will take this as a confidence booster.”

How Iwobi will be buoyed by goal against United

Iwobi's dramatic stoppage-time winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford not only secured a historic victory for Fulham but also served as a significant confidence booster for the Nigerian midfielder.

Coming on the heels of intense scrutiny and criticism from Super Eagles fans following Nigeria's heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast in the final of the AFCON 2024, Iwobi found himself under severe calumny.

The loss in the AFCON final weighed heavily on Iwobi, as he faced criticism for his performance during the match. Super Eagles fans, known for their passionate support, expressed disappointment and frustration, with some directing harsh criticism towards Iwobi.

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In moments like these, the pressure on players can be immense, as they navigate the highs and lows of professional football.

However, Iwobi's response on the field against Manchester United showcased his resilience and character. His outstanding performance, coupled with a match-winning goal on such a grand stage, speaks volumes about his mental strength and determination.

The euphoria of scoring a crucial goal at Old Trafford, one of the most iconic stadiums in world football, undoubtedly provided Iwobi with a much-needed confidence boost.

For Iwobi, the goal represents more than just a moment of triumph; it symbolises redemption and resilience in the face of adversity.

It serves as a reminder of his quality as a player and his ability to deliver when it matters most. As he basks in the glory of Fulham's historic victory, Iwobi can take pride in his ability to silence the doubters and reaffirm his status as a key player for both club and country.

Moving forward, Iwobi will look to build on this momentum and continue to showcase his talent on the pitch. While the criticism may have been harsh, his response has been nothing short of commendable.

With his confidence renewed, Iwobi is poised to make a significant impact for Fulham and the Nigerian national team in the challenges that lie ahead.

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