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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s English football tour continued on Sunday as he travelled to London to watch Arsenal face Manchester United.
The former UFC lightweight champion and football fanatic was at Anfield on Saturday to see Liverpool and Chelsea share a third consecutive goalless draw.
However, Nurmagomedov’s trip to Merseyside wasn’t a total dud as he ran into football legend Ian Rush and managed to get a picture with the retired striker who scored 346 goals for Liverpool – more than anyone else in the clubs’ history.
Rush called the UFC star ‘a true gentleman’ as he shared a video and pictures from their meeting to social media before Nurmagomedov travelled south to watch more football.
Luckily, the Sunday afternoon game between Arsenal and Manchester United was much more entertaining as it delivered five goals including a dramatic late winner.
United went ahead after 17 minutes when Marcus Rashford beautifully struck from range, but their lead didn’t last long and Eddie Nketiah equalised soon after.
Bukayo Saka fired Mikel Arteta’s side ahead in the second half before an Aaron Ramsdale error allowed Lisandro Martinez to head home a goal to level the game once again.
Arsenal went in search of a late winner and got it in the 90th minute when Nketiah scored his second goal of the game to secure a dramatic victory for his side who increased their lead atop the Premier League table to five points once again.
After the game Nurmagomedov took to social media to celebrate his ‘Amazing day in London’ which included watching the epic match with Talk TV host Piers Morgan.
The retired former UFC lightweight champion shared a picture of him and Morgan who can be heard explaining to him how he became a massive Arsenal fan in one of the video uploads.
Nurmagomedov also got the chance to meet Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus, who suffered a serious knee playing for Brazil at the World Cup but was at the game to cheer on his teammates.
It was originally thought at Jesus would return at the end of February or the start of March.
But now, it’s believed he could face an extended period on the sidelines before returning for the ‘final months of the season’.
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