There’s no doubting what the result of the weekend was in the Premier League - Newcastle United 1-0 Manchester United.
Nobody expected Rafa Benitez’s win to pull off a victory, especially considering they hadn’t won at St. James’ Park since October.
While the result was a massive surprise, so too was the goalscorer.
Matt Ritchie had taken 43 shots since his last Premier League goal but couldn’t pass up the opportunity when he was left all alone inside the penalty area.
And Ritchie might have his lucky shin pads to thank for being the match-winner.
If you haven’t seen the midfielder’s shin pads before, you’re in for a treat. That’s because they feature pictures of sausage rolls. No, seriously.
Sky Sports’ Keith Downie explained that Ritchie was considering ditching his shin pads because he kept hitting the woodwork before his strike against the Red Devils.
Many people may already be aware of Ritchie’s shin pads. Before Newcastle’s match against Chelsea in December, Sky Sports were inside the dressing room and Ritchie’s shin pads were spotted by eagle-eyed watchers.
So, why does he wear them in the first place?
Well, according to Dream Team FC, they’re for good luck.
They write: “It’s been revealed that Ritchie was wearing shin pads with brilliant sausage roll designs which he believed were lucky.”
For those of you that don’t know, ‘sausage roll’ is cockney rhyming slang for ‘goal’ which is why Ritchie wanted pictures of the pastry-based snack on his shin pads.
While that theory hasn’t worked all season, patience finally paid off with his winner against Mourinho’s side.
There’s no way he’s throwing those sausage roll shin pads out now.
And why should he? We’d much rather see food-themed shin pads in future, rather than your boring Nike or Adidas ones.
Let’s hope Ritchie has just started a new trend.
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