Niang during Milan-Crotone at Stadio San Siro on the 4th of December 2016 (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
M’Baye Niang went on social media to respond to the fans who booed him against Crotone on Sunday.
With Giacomo Bonaventura injured, Niang returned to the Milan line-up on Sunday against Crotone but it was a match that he will certainly want to quickly forget.
Everything went wrong for M’Baye: his touches were poor, decisions wrong, runs mistimed and passes misplaced and on top of everything he also missed a penalty.
The penalty was a particular case as Gianluca Lapadula was fouled in the penalty and wanted to take the shot. But Niang, who according to both Montella and Lapadula himself was the designated penalty taker, grabbed the ball from Lapadula’s hands after a short exchange and took the kick himself, which he eventually saw saved.
Niang misses a penalty during Milan-Crotone at Stadio San Siro on the 4th of December 2016. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Niang received 4.5/10 from today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport and fans booed him at San Siro and bashed him on social media. “A true fan doesn’t come to the stadium to boo, but to support the team,” Niang wrote on his official Instagram account (@mbaye_niang11) after the match yesterday.
“It can happen in moments of difficulty, and it is on these occasions that you feel the help of the fans. I accept the boos, but it doesn’t help the team or me. Anyways, congratulations to the team for the win and now we’re thinking about coming out with a positive result from Stadio Olimpico in Rome.”
Niang, who hasn’t scored in nearly 2 months, will work during the week to convince Montella that he deserves a place in the XI against Roma and will try to get the fans back on his side.