Willy Kambwala: Meet Teenage Star Who ‘Pocketed’ Salah, Nunez in Man Utd’s Draw Against Liverpool

Willy Kambwala: Meet Teenage Star Who ‘Pocketed’ Salah, Nunez in Man Utd’s Draw Against Liverpool

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 7, 2024 at 4:43 PM
  • Willy Kambwala is one player for the future after his heroics in Manchester United's draw with Liverpool
  • The teenager produced a decent performance, stopping the likes of Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez
  • Liverpool had to come from behind to claim a point, with Salah tucking home from the penalty spot

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag named 19-year-old Willy Kambwala in his starting lineup for the crucial Premier League clash against Liverpool.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the youngster was just five years old when his family moved to France.

He played for Essonne-based side Les Ulis and then joined Sochaux academy, before moving to the Red Devils in 2020.

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Willy Kambwala was decent in Manchester United's draw against Liverpool. Photo Credit: James Baylis.
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It was not until December 2023 that he made his senior team debut for the Red Devils against West Ham United.

Following the injuries to Johnny Evans and in their thrilling 4-3 defeat at Chelsea on Thursday, Kwambala starred for United against Jurgen Klopp's men.

Ten Hag had a few options after Victor Lindelof as Lisandro Martinez are been ruled for some time as well.

He came in as a substitute against Chelsea earning his fifth Premier League cap before Liverpool came visiting at Old Trafford.

Independent reports that he has represented the France U16 team and is still eligible to play for France or the Democratic Republic of Congo at the senior national team level.

Kambwala impressed against the likes of Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez and preventing them from scoring from open play.

Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool

Luis Diaz opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, but United drew level after a mistake from the Liverpool back line in the 50th minute.

Kobbie Mainoo put the Red Devils ahead in the 67th minute, but Salah rescued a point for Jurgen Klopp's men when he scored from the penalty spot with just six minutes before full time. It ended at Old Trafford; Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool.

Willy Kambawala's stats vs Liverpool

100% ground duels won

100% tackles won

29 passes completed

3 clearances

2 interceptions

Bruno Fernandes leads long range goals record

Sports Brief earlier reported that Bruno Fernandes scored one of the best goals of the 2023/2024 season when he chipped Liverpool's goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher from the halfway line on April 7.

Fernandes' ridiculous strike restored parity for Manchester United in the Old Trafford contest, cancelling out Luis Diaz's opening goal in the first half.

Apart from precision and insane vision, scoring from way out usually requires a player to instantly notice that a goalkeeper is not on his line before finishing the perfect strike to nestle into the back of the net.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.