Sir Alex Ferguson has rarely dipped in to the African market, the African Cup of Nations coming at a vital point every other season, likely to have swayed our manager. However, this January he signed the unknown Angola striker, Manucho Gonçalves.
It was revealed earlier this week that he will be spending the remainder of the season on loan at Panathinaikos, who currently top the league in Greece.
The player has shown signs of becoming a great player, impressing in every game he plays at the moment in the ACoN. He has so far claimed one goal against South Africa and two against Senegal. Last week he spoke of his desire to claim the Golden Boot in the competition. “We are playing a good tournament and we wish to continue this way,” he said. “I’ve already scored three goals and I wish to carry on scoring. I believe that with the help of my team mates I can win the prize.”
Today, he has shone brightly, scoring the equalising goal against Egypt in the quarter finals, after Egypt took the lead a few minutes earlier with a penalty. The BBC described the goal as the best seen so far. “Manucho scores the goal of the tournament so far. Muscles one man out of the way to pick up possession 40 yards out, takes a few menacing steps forward, and absolutely wallops the ball into the top of Essam Al Hadari’s goal. Pure class.”
Click here to see the goal.
How excited are you about Manucho?