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27th Dec 2022

Fans fume as Darwin Núñez is awarded Man of the Match in Aston Villa win

Callum Boyle

Darwin Núñez

‘There’s no way’

Liverpool’s Darwin Núñez has continued to divide opinion after viewers were left confused by the decision to award him the Man of the Match award.

Núñez led the line as Liverpool beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park on Boxing Day. Although he didn’t get on the scoresheet, the Uruguayan was still heavily involved.

The forward had multiple chances, however his final touch wasn’t quite there, but stretched the Villa defence with his clever runs and remained a thorn in the hosts’ side.

But after Amazon Prime opted to give the former Benfica man the Man of the Match Award, fans expressed their confusion over the decision.

“Nah there’s no way. Nunez man of the match,” said one person.

Another user tweeted: “Darwin Nunez got the Man of the Match award after missing 4 big chances, anything is possible in this modern world.”

A third wrote: “Is Andy Townsend still drunk from Christmas? What the f*** has he been watching to give Darwin Nunez man of the match? Mrs Browns Boys?”

Not all people disagreed with Townsend’s thinking though and leapt to the defence of Núñez, instead choosing to highlight why he had been so effective, as oppose to where he could improve.

One user said: “Darwin Nunez with man of the match. Man runs his socks off and work’s unbelievably hard for his teammates. Just needs to work on his end product.”

A second added: “It’s about time we stopped associating missed chances with bad performances. Yesterday Darwin Nunez was electric and a clear threat on the attack for Liverpool. He deserved the Man Of The Match Award.”

Hours after Liverpool’s win in the West Midlands, it was confirmed the Reds had agreed a deal with PSV Eindhoven to sign talented Dutch winger Cody Gakpo.

Gakpo has been heavily linked with Manchester United, but Jürgen Klopp’s side appear to have won the race out of nowhere, with PSV confirming that the talented youngster will head to Merseyside imminently for a medical to complete the deal.

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