We were treated to another fine weekend of football as Manchester United saw off title hopefuls Arsenal 3-2 in a thrilling encounter and Manchester City lifted the Capital One thanks to some goalkeeping heroics from Willy Caballero. As always, the internet became a golden platform of insightful musings and witty banter. Here at ComeOn! we pick out our highlights from social media websites Twitter and Facebook.
Man United 3-2 Arsenal
New kid on the block Marcus Rashford was the hero for the second time in only a week after his two goals and an assist at Old Trafford yesterday put a severe dent in Arsenal’s title hopes. After scoring another two goals in United’s 5-1 Europa League victory over Midtjylland on Thursday, the internet was in raptures over United’s newly-introduced wonder kid.
— The MANC Bible (@TheMANCBible) February 28, 2016
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 29, 2016
And of course, his manager Lois Van Gaal also made a name for himself Sunday afternoon with some rather peculiar antics on the touchline. The 64-year-old Dutchman threw himself to the floor in front of fourth official Mike Dean during the second half of United’s 3-2 victory, seemingly protesting a refereeing decision made against his side just moments earlier in the match.
— Man Utd Videos ⚽️ (@ManUtdVines) February 28, 2016
And of course, after witnessing such an amusing display of amateur dramatics by LVG, the internet reacted in the only way it could…it parodied the hell out of it.
— Cramponsdanslagueule (@CramponsdanslaG) February 28, 2016
Van Gaal jugando en Old Trafford: pic.twitter.com/X0iJE4IhKh
— Dani González (@danigon86) February 28, 2016
Liverpool 1-1 Man City
It was a nail-biting finale to Sunday afternoon’s Capital One Cup final after neither side could be separated after 120 minutes of football at London’s Wembley stadium.
It was pre-match favourites City who took a rather fortunate lead just four minutes into the second half following a goalkeeping error from Simon Mignolet.
A tame shot from an acute angle from City midfielder Fernandinho somehow found its way underneath the body of the Belgian keeper which gifted the Citizens the lead in an otherwise even contest between these two sides.
— The Sun Football (@TheSunFootball) February 28, 2016
But in a strange twist of fate, it was the much-maligned keeper that dusted himself down to pull off a string of world class saves to keep his side in the contest.
#LFC keeper Simon Mignolet just made a point blank save to deny Fernando.
No, this is not a joke! pic.twitter.com/8SIgOfzmKl
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 28, 2016
With the score still at 1-0, Liverpool found an arguably deserved equaliser through Brazilian Philippe Coutinho with just eight minutes to go, forcing the game into extra time.
Philippe Coutinho equalises with Liverpool’s first attempt on target, after 83 minutes pic.twitter.com/ZN5km0tFDC
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 28, 2016
With both sides failing to find the net in the 30 minutes of extra time that followed, it was Manchester City who ended up being crowned Capital Cup winners thanks to some penalty shoot-out heroics from their Argentine keeper Willy Caballero.
The ex-Malaga man incredibly saved three of Liverpool’s four spot kicks which garnered some deserved praise from fellow professionals and critics alike.
I have been ‘unconvinced’ by Caballero from day one. I now eat my hat, with sauce on. BIG Willy.
— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) February 28, 2016
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 28, 2016
Willy Caballero what a guy! 🔥🔥🔥
— Ben Foster (@BenFoster) February 28, 2016
Author – Andrew MacFarlane