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Manchester Utd: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Michael Carrick’s resignation
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Manchester Utd: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Michael Carrick’s resignation

Manchester United ace, Cristiano Ronaldo, has reacted to Michael Carrick’s resignation as first-team coach. Carrick resigned after helping Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Thursday. The game marked the conclusion of Carrick’s spell as Man United caretaker manager following the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as the club’s new interim manager. Reacting to Carrick’s resignation, Ronaldo, in a post via his Twitter handle on Friday, said the former England international has what it takes to become a great coach. Ronaldo tweeted, “Michael Carrick was a class act as a player and he can become a great coach as well. “Nothing is impossible for this guy. Personally, I’m proud to have played with him by my side as well as with him as a manager...
He’s a difference maker – Campbell hails Man Utd player after 3-2 win over Arsenal
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He’s a difference maker – Campbell hails Man Utd player after 3-2 win over Arsenal

Former England striker, Kevin Campbell, has said Cristiano Ronaldo is the difference maker in the Manchester United squad. Ronaldo scored twice, as United came from behind to beat Arsenal 3-2 on Thursday night in the Premier League. The 36-year-old now has 12 goals for the Red Devils since he returned in the summer. “Michael Carrick has done a really good job organising the team, getting a response from the team and getting two wins and a draw during what could have been a really difficult period for Man Utd. “But the team has bounced back under him and they’ve got a win over a decent Arsenal side. Arsenal made a couple of mistakes and got punished and this is why you have Cristiano Ronaldo in your team. “He’s a difference maker and it proved to be the difference for Man U...
No time to celebrate – Cristiano Ronaldo after making history in Man Utd’s 3-2 win over Arsenal
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No time to celebrate – Cristiano Ronaldo after making history in Man Utd’s 3-2 win over Arsenal

Manchester United star, Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted after making history in his side’s Premier League 3-2 win over Arsenal on Thursday night. The former Juventus star became the first player to score 801 goals for both club and country after scoring two goals to help Man United beat Arsenal. Reacting, Ronaldo said there was no time for him and his teammates to celebrate their win over Arsenal because their minds are already set on their next game. The Portugal captain also described Man United’s win over Arsenal as very important for the Red Devils to get back on track. Man United defeated Arsenal at Old Trafford thanks to a goal from Bruno Fernandes and a brace from Ronaldo. Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard did score for Arsenal. In a post via his Instagram page ...
Why I allowed Ronaldo take penalty against Arsenal – Bruno Fernandes
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Why I allowed Ronaldo take penalty against Arsenal – Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes has given reasons he allowed Cristiano Ronaldo take the team’s winning penalty against Arsenal on Thursday night. According to Fernandes, it was the 36-year-old’s turn to take the spot kick. Ronaldo scored twice in the 3-2 win over the Gunners, with the second coming from the penalty spot. Fernandes, who made it 1-1 on the night, reveals they did not discuss the change in penalty takers ahead of time. The Portuguese midfielder says he was happy to leave the responsibility to Ronaldo, after missing his last effort in United’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on September 25. “We didn’t have a chat. I missed the last one so I trust him in the same way I trust myself. “It was time for Cristiano to take the penalty because I took the l...
Ronaldo reaches 800 career goals with Arsenal double
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Ronaldo reaches 800 career goals with Arsenal double

Cristiano Ronaldo took his tally of career goals to 801 as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner struck twice for Manchester United against Arsenal on Thursday. Ronaldo’s return has been pinpointed as one of the reasons for United’s decline this season as they have struggled to find the right balance with the Portuguese up front. However, the 36-year-old has now scored 12 goals in 17 appearances since returning to the club where he first made his name as a world star. His double against the Gunners took his tally across two spells at United to 130. Ronaldo also scored 450 goals for Real Madrid, 101 at Juventus, five for Sporting Lisbon and is the record goalscorer in international football with 115 for Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘may face questioning as part of their investigation into Juventus’ financial dealings’
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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘may face questioning as part of their investigation into Juventus’ financial dealings’

Cristiano Ronaldo could face questioning as part of the ongoing investigation by Italian authorities into Juventus' financial and transfer dealings. The club's offices in Turin and Milan were raided by police last Friday with player contracts, invoices, and financial statements taken as evidence. The operation was carried out over claims that Juventus falsely recorded the values of transfers between 2019 and 2021 to enable them to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. Italian authorities took documents relating to transfers, invoices, and financial statements with six Juventus officials - including club president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved under investigation, as well as Juventus itself. Fabio Paratici, who was Juve's sporting director before taking...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic declares Brazil’s Ronaldo football’s greatest of all time and not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic declares Brazil’s Ronaldo football’s greatest of all time and not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has declared Brazilian legend, Ronaldo, the greatest footballer of all time ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated football for over a decade now with both scoring a phenomenal amount of goals and winning almost everything there is to win. Messi was awarded his seventh Ballon d'Or on Monday night, November 29, after another successful 12 months, while Ronaldo has five. However, Ibrahimovic, who played with Messi at Barcelona during the 2009-10 campaign, believes his former team-mate is better than Ronaldo, but doesn't think the Argentine is the greatest of all time. When asked to choose between Messi and Ronaldo, the AC Milan striker, 40, told Corriere della Sera: 'Both are very strong. I say Messi also bec...
Cristiano Ronaldo’s bodyguards ‘are being investigated in Portugal for illegally working for him’
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s bodyguards ‘are being investigated in Portugal for illegally working for him’

Cristiano Ronaldo's twin bodyguards are reportedly being investigated in Portugal for working illegally for the superstar, Brothers Sergio and Jorge Ramalheiro, who previously served in an elite special forces unit in Afghanistan, are on unpaid leave from the Portuguese police while they carry out private security for the Manchester United striker. According to Observador, it is illegal to work in Portugal during their period of leave without permission from the force. The pair could even go on trial for providing unauthorised close protection and will face disciplinary proceedings when they return to the Public Security Police force, reports say. They were placed under investigation after they were seen on two occasions working for Ronaldo in Lisbon while on their leave. ...
Cristiano Ronaldo publicly backs claims Lionel Messi ‘STOLE’ the Ballon d’Or from him and Robert Lewandowski
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Cristiano Ronaldo publicly backs claims Lionel Messi ‘STOLE’ the Ballon d’Or from him and Robert Lewandowski

Cristiano Ronaldo has publicly backed claims that Lionel Messi stole the Ballon d'Or from him and Robert Lewandowski. PSG star Messi won his seventh Ballon d'Or on Monday night November 29, beating Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski to the prize by 33 votes. Ronaldo,  a five-time winner, finished sixth and 435 votes with the Manchester United forward commenting 'facts' underneath a fan post detailing why the Portugal captain deserved the gong over Messi. The post, on the page of a fan account called 'Cristiano Ronaldo - The Legendary' which Ronaldo himself follows, details Ronaldo's 2021 achievements before branding Messi's accolade as 'Theft. Dirt. Shame. Simply regrettable. The post read; ''Who saw, saw. Anyone who is smart enough knows who the real deserving ones are. ...
Ralf Rangnick receives name of Man United star that must play every game
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Ralf Rangnick receives name of Man United star that must play every game

Micah Richards, a former Manchester City defender has told the newly appointed Manchester United boss, Ralf Rangnick that Cristiano Ronaldo is one player that must play every game. This is following the wide criticism of Ronaldo for a perceived lack of pressing this season with many questioning how the Portugal international will fare with Rangnick’s approach. However, Richards reminded critics of Ronaldo that the Portuguese just left Serie A last season as the top scorer in the Italian league. The former England defender is adamant the 36-year-old remains one of the first names on Manchester United’s team sheet given the ‘important’ goals he has scored since returning to Old Trafford. “Ronaldo has to play, I’m convinced that Ronaldo has to play,” he said on talkSPORT, direct...
De Gea issues warning to Ronaldo, others after Rangnick arrival
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De Gea issues warning to Ronaldo, others after Rangnick arrival

Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea has issued a serious warning to Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and the rest of the team following the arrival of Ralf Rangnick as the club’s manager. The Spain International gave the warning ahead of Man United’s game against Arsenal on Thursday. The goalkeeper said the players must raise their game to beat an ‘improving’ Arsenal. Manchester United won one and drew one of their last two games under caretaker manager, Michael Carrick who has now been replaced by Rangnick. The club announced the arrival of Rangnick on Monday a few hours after the 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Red Devils host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday, with the club looking for just their second victory in the league in their last eig...
Michael Carrick hailed for benching Ronaldo as Rangnick takes over at Man United
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Michael Carrick hailed for benching Ronaldo as Rangnick takes over at Man United

Former Tottenham midfielder, Jamie O’Hara has hailed Michael Carrick for keeping Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea, describing it as the right tactics. Many football lovers were shocked when the team list came out to indicate that Ronaldo was starting from the bench in United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. O’Hara told talkSPORT that Ronaldo does not see anything wrong in the Portugal international sitting on the bench or not playing at all as the case may be. Manchester United had earlier on Monday announced that Ralf Rangnick will now be in charge at Old Trafford till the end of the season. He took over from Michael Carrick who was there in an acting capacity following the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a week ago. “They finishe...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: Cristiano Ronaldo to miss award ceremony
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: Cristiano Ronaldo to miss award ceremony

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, will not be in Paris on Monday night for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or ceremony. This claim was made by a respected Portuguese journalist, Pedro Sepulveda. Sepulveda disclosed this in a tweet via his handle on Monday afternoon. He tweeted: “Cristiano Ronaldo will not be in Paris today for the Ballon D’or ceremony.” France Football will announce the winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or later tonight. Ronaldo is among the 30-man nominees shortlisted for the award recently. The Portugal captain, who was benched in Man United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, will rival Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, who has been tipped to win his seventh Ballon d’Or by many, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea’s Jorginho....
‘Ronaldo has not come back to Man Utd to sit on the bench’ – Keane rows with Carragher over Portugal star
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‘Ronaldo has not come back to Man Utd to sit on the bench’ – Keane rows with Carragher over Portugal star

The former Red Devils captain was stunned to see the five-time Ballon d’Or winner named among the substitutes for the Premier League trip to Chelsea Roy Keane has questioned Manchester United’s decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo for their Premier League clash with Chelsea, with caretaker coach Michael Carrick opting to name the Portuguese superstar among his substitutes at Stamford Bridge. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was introduced in the 64th minute as he replaced goalscorer Jadon Sancho in the 1-1 draw, but eyebrows were raised when the team sheets dropped in west London. Former Red Devils captain Keane was baffled by the selection, with the Irishman adamant the 36-year-old forward remains the best player at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo Snubs team mates, Coaches after being Benched for 1-1 draw at Chelsea
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Ronaldo Snubs team mates, Coaches after being Benched for 1-1 draw at Chelsea

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel following their 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday. Ronaldo was dropped for the game at Stamford Bridge by caretaker manager, Michael Carrick. However, the 36-year-old came on in the 64th minute to replace goal scorer, Jadon Sancho. After soaking up all the pressure in the first-half, Sancho put United in front when he pounced on a Jorginho mistake before slotting the ball past Edouard Mendy. However, the league leaders drew level, after Jorginho converted from the spot following a foul on Thiago Silva inside the box. It was a disappointing evening for Ronaldo, who appeared to be unhappy with the decision to drop him. He clapped sarcastically at referee Anthony Taylor, over his decision to awa...
Man United abusing Cristiano Ronaldo, making him average player – Michael Owen
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Man United abusing Cristiano Ronaldo, making him average player – Michael Owen

Michael Owen has said that Manchester United’s use of Cristiano Ronaldo borders on ‘abuse’, adding that they want to turn the 5-time ballon d’Or winner into an average player. Ronaldo was only introduced late into the second half in United’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The Portugal international has scored ten goals in 15 appearances for the Red Devils so far this season. And Owen noted that the former Real Madrid forward is often left to run the side’s attack and says the lack of support he gets is ‘abusive’. Asked whether he’d like to play in United’s team, Owen told Premier League Productions: “No you can’t! We were at Old Trafford for the City game the other day and all of a sudden it’s just exactly the same they leave Cristiano Ro...
Cautious Man Utd frustrate leaders Chelsea in draw
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Cautious Man Utd frustrate leaders Chelsea in draw

Premier League leaders Chelsea were left frustrated as Manchester United's conservative game plan earned them a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. With Cristiano Ronaldo benched, United redefined the idea of caution in the first half, taking 21 minutes to touch the ball in the final third and 44 minutes to have a touch in Chelsea's box, but the hosts struggled to break them down. Callum Hudson-Odoi saw an effort well saved by David de Gea, and later in the half the goalkeeper tipped Antonio Rudiger's long-range shot onto the crossbar, but United stunned Chelsea to take the lead moments after half-time as Jadon Sancho feasted on Jorginho's mistake to run through on goal unopposed and finish (50) for his first Premier League goal. But Jorginho had a chance to redeem himself as Aaron Wan...
‘Awful’ – Cristiano Ronaldo Challenged Solskjaer during shocking team talk
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‘Awful’ – Cristiano Ronaldo Challenged Solskjaer during shocking team talk

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Cristiano Ronaldo in shock when the Norwegian decided to praise his Manchester United players immediately after the shocking 2-1 defeat to Young Boy in the Champions League earlier in the season, according to The Sunday Times. Solskjaer was sacked last Sunday following a 4-1 defeat to lowly rated Watford and that brought the end of his reign at Old Trafford. Former assistant coach Michael Carrick was handed caretaker role at Old Trafford pending the announcement of Ralf Rangnick who is all but set to move to United. Apart from the defeat to Young Boys, United were beaten by Aston Villa, Leicester City, Manchester City, Liverpool, and struggled to get results against Atalanta and Villarreal. Despite Man United’s struggles, Ronaldo has co...
‘Only Ronaldo and I leap like that’ – Leicester City’s Ndidi celebrates maiden goal of the season
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‘Only Ronaldo and I leap like that’ – Leicester City’s Ndidi celebrates maiden goal of the season

  The Nigeria midfielder sealed the Foxes' victory on Thursday with his header off a corner-kick in the first-half   Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi said that it is only him and Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo who have the jumping ability he displayed in their 3-1 victory over Legia Warsaw in Thursday's Uefa Europa League match. Ndidi leapt high to score the Foxes’ third goal in the 33rd minute by heading home James Maddison’s corner-kick. The effort was the Super Eagles midfielder’s first goal in the 2021-22 season and it ended his goal drought since January when he found the back of the net in Leicester City's 2-0 victory over Chelsea in a Premier League fixture.
Louis Saha frustrated over ‘ridiculous’ blaming Ronaldo for Man Utd woes
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Louis Saha frustrated over ‘ridiculous’ blaming Ronaldo for Man Utd woes

  Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has vehemently slammed the notion that Cristiano Ronaldo is responsible for the club's failures this season.   Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford for his second spell this summer after United paid 21 to Juventus for his signature. The 36-year-old has impressed in front of goal having scored 10 goals in 14 appearances across all competitions. But those goals haven't been enough to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job, with the Norwegian dismissed on Sunday after winning just once in the last seven Premier League games. Some critics have suggested that Ronaldo's inability to press opposition defenders has played a significant role in United's disappointing campaign so far. However, former Red Devils ace Saha has rebuked th...
Manchester Utd: Van de Beek makes U-turn on future with club after Solskjaer’s sack
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Manchester Utd: Van de Beek makes U-turn on future with club after Solskjaer’s sack

Manchester United stars, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba have reacted to the Red Devils’ Champions League 2-0 win over Villarreal on Tuesday night. Man United defeated Villarreal in Spain, thanks to second-half goals from Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho. Manchester United midfielder, Donny van de Beek, has made a U-turn on his future at Old Trafford after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Van de Beek is now reconsidering the prospect of leaving Man United in the January transfer window following the sacking of Solskjaer. The Netherlands international was one of several fringe players intent on pushing for a move away in the January window after failing to secure a regular role under Solskjaer. Before Solskjaer’s dismissal on Sunday, the midfielder had featured in just six gam...
Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba react to Man Utd’s 2-0 win over Villarreal
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba react to Man Utd’s 2-0 win over Villarreal

Manchester United stars, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba have reacted to the Red Devils’ Champions League 2-0 win over Villarreal on Tuesday night. Man United defeated Villarreal in Spain, thanks to second-half goals from Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho. Reacting, Ronaldo, who became the first-ever player to score in each of an English club’s first five matches of a single European Cup/Champions League season (excluding qualifiers), after Man United’s win over Villarreal, urged his teammates never to stop fighting. The Portugal captain also congratulated Man United players for putting the club where they belong after beating Villarreal in Spain. The former Juventus star wrote on Instagram after the game, “Always great to play in Spain, amazing to win in Spain, satisfying to score i...
Carrick’s United beat Villarreal to make CL last 16
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Carrick’s United beat Villarreal to make CL last 16

Late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho saw Manchester United win 2-0 at Villarreal in Michael Carrick's first game in temporary charge, a result which sees the visitors progress to the last 16 of the Champions League. Carrick made four changes from Saturday's 4-1 mauling at Watford in what turned out to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's last match as United manager - leaving Bruno Fernandes on the bench - but the visitors still struggled in the first half. However, with the Group F contest seemingly petering out into a draw at El Madrigal, up popped Ronaldo to make the breakthrough with a brilliant piece of anticipation to nip in and score his sixth Champions League goal this season and his 10th overall. Sancho's emphatic finish sealed the victory in the 90...
Lionel Messi speaks on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Performance at Man United
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Lionel Messi speaks on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Performance at Man United

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi has said that his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘adapted’ admirably since moving to Manchester United from Juventus. The Argentine also believes his rivalry with the Portuguese will go down as a ‘beautiful memory’ in football history. Ronaldo has scored nine goals for United this season having completed a move back to Old Trafford on deadline day. And Messi has been impressed by the immediate impact the Portugal captain has made this term, while he, Messi, has scored only his first league goal on Saturday by comparison Messi, asked what he thinks about Ronaldo’s start, told Marca: “United is a very strong team with great players. Cristiano already knew the club, but it’s in another stage and now he has adapted in an...
Man Utd star Ronaldo hails Solskjaer as ‘outstanding human being’
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Man Utd star Ronaldo hails Solskjaer as ‘outstanding human being’

Cristiano Ronaldo has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as an 'outstanding human being'.   Solskjaer was sacked as Manchester United manager on Sunday as his team slipped to eighth on the table after a shocking loss to Watford. Like many of his teammates, United star Ronaldo has paid tribute to Solskjaer on social media. “He's been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he's been my coach since I came back to Man United," Ronaldo wrote. “But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him. Good luck, my friend! You deserve it!" He's been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he's been my coach since I came back to Man. United. But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him ...
Messi, Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Cristiano Ronaldo shortlisted for Best FIFA Men’s Player as Premier League leads 11-man list with five entries
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Messi, Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Cristiano Ronaldo shortlisted for Best FIFA Men’s Player as Premier League leads 11-man list with five entries

Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kevin de Bruyne are among the 11 players that have been shortlisted for the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the year award. Also Chelsea duo Jorginho and N'Golo Kante complete the Premier League contingent on the list for the accolade, which will be awarded on January 17 next year. Salah has been in superb form for Liverpool this season, scoring 16 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions. He has set a new club record by scoring in nine consecutive games and was hailed as the best player in the world by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last month. Ronaldo meanwhile has almost single-handedly kept Manchester United in the Champions League with a string of late goals. The Portuguese also became the most prolific goalscorer of all time in inter...
Cristiano Ronaldo worried about Man United players after Solskjaer’s sack
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Cristiano Ronaldo worried about Man United players after Solskjaer’s sack

Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly worried that the squad want things ‘too easy.’ The Telegraph reports that the former Juventus star is also concerned about the club’s drop in standards currently being experienced since his return to Old Trafford. Despite signing Ronaldo from Juventus, Raphael Varane from Real Madrid and Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could not achieve anything and was sacked on Sunday morning following series of poor results. The 36-year-old Ronaldo is one of the few United players that has performed to an acceptable standard so far this term. He had also urged his team-mates to stick by Solskjaer in recent weeks, despite the club’s results. The Telegraph report that Ronaldo is concerned by the lack of...
Ronaldo, Pogba, Fernandes think they’re bigger than Solskjaer
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Ronaldo, Pogba, Fernandes think they’re bigger than Solskjaer

Former Arsenal star, Perry Groves, has said Manchester United stars, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes think they are bigger than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club’s manager. Groves also claimed Solskjaer was out of ideas, adding that it is ‘an embarrassment if the Norwegian keeps his job following the 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Josh King and Ismaila Sarr gave the home side a 2-0 lead in the first while Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis finished off the game late in the second half. Donny van de Beek had given the visitors a lifeline but just as they started to build pressure, Harry Maguire’s was given a red card for two reckless challenges which killed any hope of a comeback. The Red Devils have suffered humiliating defeats against Leicester City, Liv...
Rodgers advised to get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo immediately Man United appoints him
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Rodgers advised to get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo immediately Man United appoints him

Former West Ham striker, Carlton Cole, has told Brendan Rodgers to get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo once he is appointed as Manchester United boss. Cole believes this is one of the first things the Leicester City manager should do if given the nod. Many followers of football believe Solskjaer’s reign at Old Trafford is over and reports in England point to Rodgers as the immediate replacement. Many people believe United should not be suffering after bringing in Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, World Cup and multiple Champions League winner, Raphael Varane and goal machine, Cristiano Ronaldo. But the Red Devils went 12 points behind league leaders, Chelsea on Saturday after falling 4-1 to lowly rated Watford at Vicarage Road. “Leicester fans are going to hate me for this one...
Man United pick Barcelona midfielder as Pogba’s replacement
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Man United pick Barcelona midfielder as Pogba’s replacement

Manchester United have decided to replace Paul Pogba with Barcelona midfielder, Frank de Jong Pogba’s new current deal expires at the end of the season and would be leaving Old Trafford as a free agent. Pogba is yet to agree a new deal with Manchester United and it’s understood that he is holding out for a salary rise which would see him overtake Cristiano Ronaldo. For this reason, United are already making plans for his potential exit and are also considering West Ham’s Declan Rice. However, The Independent reports that De Jong is top on the list of midfielders being considered by United’s hierarchy. The report also claims that Barcelona’s new head coach, Xavi, ‘hasn’t been overwhelmingly impressed’ with De Jong. De Jong joined Barcelona in 2019 in a deal...
How Walter Smith taught Cristiano Ronaldo how to Pass the ball – Alex Ferguson
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How Walter Smith taught Cristiano Ronaldo how to Pass the ball – Alex Ferguson

Former Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson has recalled how late former assistant coach, Walter Smith taught Cristiano Ronaldo how to pass the ball. Sir Ferguson spoke at a memorial service for Smith, who was also a former Rangers, Everton and Scotland manager. Smith and Ferguson worked together with the Scotland national team and at Manchester United. Smith died in October at the age of 73, having suffered from cancer for three-years. The service was held at the Glasgow Cathedral where many football legends gathered to pay their respects. Ferguson recalled how he first noticed Smith’s coaching talents during a course at Largs in 1972. “Imagination, control of the session, he was a certainty to make it,” the former Rangers player said. Smith began...
Solskjaer summons Ronaldo, Maguire, Fernandes, others for Crisis talk
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Solskjaer summons Ronaldo, Maguire, Fernandes, others for Crisis talk

Under fire Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has held crisis talks with some of the club’s senior players in a bid to salvage his job. The meeting was held at the club’s training ground on Thursday morning, according to Daily Mail. The meeting had in attendance, Solskjaer, captain Harry Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof. The Norwegian called for the meeting to discuss and to get his senior players’ views on how to turn the club’s season around. The coach also inform the players of his new tactics which is changing from a back four to a back three in recent matches. The Red Devils are not in the best of forms and have won just three of their last 10 matches in all competitions. The poor run of form has se...
They want Pogba to do Everything like Ronaldo – Sagna criticizes Man Utd fans
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They want Pogba to do Everything like Ronaldo – Sagna criticizes Man Utd fans

Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender, Bacary Sagna has criticised Manchester United fans for their treatment of Paul Pogba. Sagna insisted that Pogba loves Manchester United, but the Red Devils fans want him to do everything like Cristiano Ronaldo. Pogba, whose current deal with Man United will expire at the end of the season, has been criticized for his recent performances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. “I love Paul and the way he plays. I don’t want to speak for him, but it seems like things have been a little difficult between him and the fans at times because they expect so much from him,” Sagna told Metro UK. “They want him to be perfect because he’s so charismatic on the pitch and can create so much space they want him to do everything. A bit like...
Ballon d’Or: Ex-Chelsea star snubs Jorginho, names player to win award
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Ballon d’Or: Ex-Chelsea star snubs Jorginho, names player to win award

Former Chelsea midfielder, Gustavo Poyet, has snubbed Jorginho and backed Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Poyet believes Salah should be voted to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or because he is certainly the best currently ahead of Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain duo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. He stated this ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Arsenal this weekend. Salah was recently included among the 30-man nominees shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d’Or. The Egyptian international will rival Jorginho, Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe, among others, for the Ballon d’ Or this year. “Certainly, you cannot vote for [Lionel] Messi or [Cristiano] Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or, perhaps Mbappe or Salah, but the latter certai...
Ronaldo, other Man Utd players ‘bemused’ by Solskjaer’s decision on Lingard
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Ronaldo, other Man Utd players ‘bemused’ by Solskjaer’s decision on Lingard

Manchester United players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, are reportedly ‘bemused’ about some of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decisions, particularly his treatment of attacking midfielder, Jesse Lingard. According to The Telegraph, Lingard’s continued omission from Man United’s squad is ‘a source of bemusement’ among his teammates, who clearly feel the England international is deserving of a bigger role at Old Trafford. Lingard, who thrived on loan at West Ham last season, has not featured regularly for Man United under Solskjaer so far this campaign. The 28-year-old did not feature in Man United’s last two matches against Manchester City and Atalanta. Meanwhile, a former Manchester United player, Paul Ince, recently criticised Solskjaer over his decisions on Lingard, Donny Van de Be...
Ronaldo, Portugal lose automatic 2022 World Cup ticket in shock defeat
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Ronaldo, Portugal lose automatic 2022 World Cup ticket in shock defeat

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal on Sunday, lost the chance to qualify automatically for the 2020 World Cup. The former European champions gave away a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to Serbia in a Group A qualifier. Renato Sanchez had opened the scoring for Portugal, but Dusan Tadic equalized in the 33rd minute of the game. Aleksandar Mitrovic then climbed off the bench to grab a 90th-minute winner and complete a remarkable comeback. The victory ensures Serbia takes top spot with 20 points. They have three more points than second-placed Portugal, who only needed a draw to finish on top on goal difference and qualify. Instead, Ronaldo and his team mates will head into the March playoffs with the other group-stage runners-up to try to reach Qatar 2022.
Man Utd working hard to persuade Zidane to replace Solskjaer
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Man Utd working hard to persuade Zidane to replace Solskjaer

Manchester United are working hard to persuade former Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane, to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford. According to The Sunday Times, Man United are hopeful that Zidane’s relationships with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane can help convince him to become the Red Devils’ next new manager. Zidane coached both Ronaldo and Varane, who joined Man United during the summer transfer window during his time at Real Madrid. The Frenchman is currently without a club, having stepped down from Real Madrid for a second time at the end of last season. Zidane’s record at Real Madrid was impressive, winning three Champions Leagues and two LaLiga titles as a coach during his two spells. Zidane has been linked with a move to Man United to replace Solsk...
Man United’s senior players take decision on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position
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Man United’s senior players take decision on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position

Senior players at Manchester United reportedly want the club to sack under fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to ace journalist, Duncan Castles. The Red Devils sit sixth in the Premier League having won just one of their last six games in the domestic league. Most recently the former league champions have suffered heavy home defeats in the hands of arch rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. United brought in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane from Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid respectively for more than £130million during the summer. Their Champions League hopes still lie in the balance being faced with the task of beating Villarreal and Young Boys to guarantee their progression. Castles was quoted by the Mirror, UK, as saying that ...
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah named Premier League Player of the Month award for October
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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah named Premier League Player of the Month award for October

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named the EA Player of the Month for October after a string of fine performances. The 29-year-old scored a hat-trick to inspire Liverpool to a 5-0 win over rivals Manchester United and netted outstanding individual goals against both Manchester City and Watford. Salah had nine goal involvements in league games in October, helping Liverpool to two wins and two draws. The Egypt international also continued his scoring exploits on the European stage with a brace in a 3-2 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid. Salah beat off competition from Chelsea's Ben Chilwell, Burnley's Maxwel Cornet, Manchester City's Phil Foden, Southampton's Tino Livramento, Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, and Youri Tielemans...
Cristiano Ronaldo makes promise as Portugal failed to beat Ireland
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Cristiano Ronaldo makes promise as Portugal failed to beat Ireland

Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, has promised that Fernando Santos’s men will book their qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Ronaldo said this while reacting to Portugal’s World Cup qualifier 0-0 draw with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday. The result against Ireland means Portugal still top Group A with 17 points from seven games. Behind Portugal is second place Serbia with 17 points from the same number of games. Portugal will now host Serbia on Sunday in their next qualifier. And Ronaldo believes with the help of home fans, Portugal will beat Serbia and secure qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. “It’s always difficult to play in Ireland, but the point earned leaves all goals at our mercy. “On Sunday, in front of our audience and i...
Ronaldo is minus one to Man Utd team, he should be benched – Ikpeba
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Ronaldo is minus one to Man Utd team, he should be benched – Ikpeba

Former Nigeria International, Victor Ikpeba has described Cristiano Ronaldo as ‘a minus one’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United team. The former Nigerian striker went ahead to advise Solskjaer to drop the Portuguese superstar on the bench. Manchester United’s last game before the International break was a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City and Ikpeba also questioned the tactics deployed by Solskjaer. The former African Footballer of the Year questioned the contribution of Ronaldo to the team despite the Portugal International scoring 9 goals in 12 appearances this term. Ikpeba blamed United attackers for the defeat to Man City, saying they failed to play a high-pressing game whereas the City players defended as a unit. The Monaco ex-winger noted that Ronaldo has excel...
You’re killing players at Man United – O’Hara blasts Solskjaer
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You’re killing players at Man United – O’Hara blasts Solskjaer

Former Tottenham midfielder, Jamie O’Hara has accused Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of ‘killing’ players’ careers at Manchester United. The Red Devils were defeated 2-0 by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Saturday two weeks after they were thrashed by Liverpool. After spending big in the summer to bring in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, many expected Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United to reach the levels of City, Liverpool and Chelsea. However, a shocking 5-0 defeat to Liverpool and another 2-0 defeat to City both at Old Trafford showed the Red Devils still have a long way to go. O’Hara believes some players are going backward under Solskjaer. Sancho was a goal machine at Borussia Dortmund while Van de Beek was considered Dutch football’s next big th...
Salah close to Ronaldo level, says Liverpool team-mate Jota
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Salah close to Ronaldo level, says Liverpool team-mate Jota

The Egyptian forward's sparkling form has seen him earn comparisons to one of the game's greats Diogo Jota says Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah is reaching the level of Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo after a blockbuster start to the season. Salah has scored 15 goals in 14 appearances to top Liverpool’s charts and is also their leading assist-maker with six. His dazzling form has helped lift Jurgen Klopp’s side into early title contention in the Premier League as well as secure a place in the Champions League knockout stages with two group matches to spare.
Embarrassing’ Man United have left Ronaldo so frustrated – Agbonlahor
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Embarrassing’ Man United have left Ronaldo so frustrated – Agbonlahor

Former Aston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor, has said that Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘so frustrated’ at the moment at Manchester United after their derby defeat to rivals Manchester City on Saturday. United defender, Eric Bailly scored an own goal in the 7th minute to give City the lead and Bernardo Silva doubled the lead in the second to Pep Guardiola’s side a well deserved 3 points at Old Trafford. The defeat is coming just a fortnight after being thumped 5-0 by Liverpool. Ronaldo looked isolated and dejected at times up front, earning a booking late on for a petulant challenge on Kevin De Bruyne for his troubles. Agbonlahor insists the 36-year-old looks frustrated and dismissed claims he is ‘saving’ Solskjaer’s job, instead claiming the former Real Madrid man would rather be p...
You’ll not win any trophy with Man United – Sinclair tells Ronaldo
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You’ll not win any trophy with Man United – Sinclair tells Ronaldo

Former Manchester City ace, Trevor Sinclair has told Cristiano Ronaldo that he should not expect to win any silverware with Manchester United. Sinclair told talkSPORT Breakfast: “He [Ronaldo] will score goals, there is a lot of glory in there if he does turn it around for Manchester United, but the likelihood is he’ll score a lot of goals but not pick up any silverware.” Sinclair, who spoke ahead of the Manchester derby, insisted that the fact ya t Ronaldo chose to sign for United shows he loves the club. Ronaldo has come to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rescue on many occasions this season and is expected to once again lead the Red Devils against City on Saturday afternoon. “His foundations were at Manchester United and actually, when you think about it, this is him, ...
Man Utd vs Man City: Ronaldo will score goals even at 75 – Guardiola
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Man Utd vs Man City: Ronaldo will score goals even at 75 – Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to score goals even at 75. Ronaldo, who is now 36, has not slowed down since returning to United from Juventus in the summer. He had netted nine times in 11 appearances and Guardiola feels the all-time leading scorer in men’s international football will not quench his thirst for goals, even when he hangs up his boots. Guardiola said: “I think he has scored goals all his life and when he is 75 – maybe he will be retired – but at the barbecue, if they’re playing a game, he is going to score a goal.” “These type of guys, like [Lionel] Messi, like him…”, said Pep, pausing, unable to think of another player of the same calibre before continuing: “what they have done, or what Ronaldo has done in the la...
UEFA names Ronaldo, Lewandowski, others in Champions League team [Full list]
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UEFA names Ronaldo, Lewandowski, others in Champions League team [Full list]

UEFA on Thursday named Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich’ Robert Lewandowski in the Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post on its website today following the conclusion of the group stage, match-day four fixtures on Wednesday night. Both Ronaldo and Lewandowski were impressive for their respective clubs against Atalanta and Benfica. Ronaldo scored a brace for Man United against Atalanta, while Lewandowski netted three goals against Benfica. Below is the UEFA Champions League team of the week: Goalkeeper: Odysseas Vlachodimos (Benfica) – 7 points Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 14 points Ridle Baku (Wolfsburg) – 12 points João Cancelo (Manchester City) – 13 points Midfielders: Christop...
UCL: Paul Merson makes U-turn over comment on Cristiano Ronaldo
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UCL: Paul Merson makes U-turn over comment on Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, has made a U-turn on his criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo following the Red Devils’ Champions League 2-2 draw with Atalanta on Tuesday night. Ronaldo’s brace ensured Man United got a point against Atalanta in Italy. The Portugal captain has now scored nine goals in 11 appearances since returning to Man United from Juventus in the summer transfer window. Merson was among those to question Man United’s move for Ronaldo and claimed they instead should have signed Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane. But Merson has made a U-turn, insisting that he is ‘lost for words’ watching Ronaldo continue to perform exceptionally well for Man United at the age of 36. “It has got to be one of the best finishes of all-time; it’s just out of absolutely nothing,” Merso...
UCL: Go for walk, leave me alone – Atalanta coach, Gasperini tells Ronaldo
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UCL: Go for walk, leave me alone – Atalanta coach, Gasperini tells Ronaldo

Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, on Tuesday night, told Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, to go for a walk and leave him alone following his side’s Champions League 2-2 draw against the Red Devils. Ronaldo was impressive for Man United against Atalanta as the Portugal captain scored a brace to ensure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side got a point against their host. After the game, Gasperini, who is well aware of Ronaldo’s abilities from his time at Juventus, was seen talking with the 36-year-old on the pitch. The two men embraced at the full-time whistle and the Atalanta gaffer was questioned about what was discussed between them at his post-match press conference. He said, “Nine out of 10 of his shots are on target. Half of the time he shoots it goes in, the oth...
Cristiano Ronaldo makes promise as Man Utd failed to beat Atalanta
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Cristiano Ronaldo makes promise as Man Utd failed to beat Atalanta

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has promised that he and his teammates will do everything possible to achieve their goals this season. Ronaldo said this while reacting to his side’s Champions League 2-2 draw with Atalanta on Tuesday night. A brace from Ronaldo ensured Man United got a point against Atalanta in Italy. Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata did score for Atalanta during the encounter. Reacting, Ronaldo, in a post via his Instagram account, said the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will believe until the end. The Portugal captain wrote: ” … and we will do everything to achieve our goals! We are RED DEVILS.” Ronaldo will now hope to lead Man United to victory when they take on Premier League rivals Manchester City on Saturday.

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