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Cristiano Ronaldo says Alex Ferguson advised against Manchester City move

Thu, 11/17/2022 - 00:04
  • Ronaldo claims younger players ‘don’t care’ in TalkTV interview
  • Raphaël Varane admits Man Utd squad ‘shocked’ by comments

Cristiano Ronaldo has said he was close to joining Manchester City but a talk with Sir Alex Ferguson changed his mind. The forward also claimed younger players “don’t care” as much about football as his generation in his TalkTV interview with Piers Morgan.

Part one of the interview was aired on Wednesday night, following the drip feed of social media snippets this week. In it, Ronaldo confirmed he had spoken with Ferguson before his return to Manchester United last summer, with his former manager at Old Trafford telling him a move to City was “impossible”.

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Joel Glazer to ‘make final decision’ on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United future

Tue, 11/15/2022 - 20:25
  • Co-owner to weigh up exit options for Portugal forward
  • Glazer said to back manager Erik ten Hag over Ronaldo

Joel Glazer will make the final decision about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the club after the forward’s incendiary TV interview, according to sources close to the Manchester United co-owner.

Ronaldo’s position at United is considered untenable after saying in an interview that he felt “betrayed” and that the Glazer family do not care about the club. The 37-year-old forward also said he has no respect for the manager, Erik ten Hag, and singled out two former United teammates, Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville, after they criticised him.

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Premier League clubs face mixed risks of sending players to the World Cup

Tue, 11/15/2022 - 14:49

Manchester City have 16 players in Qatar but for teams with fewer representatives, this winter offers vital rebuilding time

Pep Guardiola was notably accepting of Manchester City’s defeat by Brentford in their last match before the World Cup. “My staff and I will have time to reflect on what we did well and what to do better,” he shrugged. Guardiola and his staff may also have to watch events in Qatar through their hands, clenching as heavy tackles fly in and muscle injuries stack up given City – with 16 players – are the Premier League club sending the most players to the finals.

Even if Erling Haaland will be spending much of the next six weeks on the Etihad Campus, key players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Rodri will return bearing the physical and mental scars of the tournament. And individual success in Qatar may not necessarily be good news for a player’s club. To take the example of England’s Euro 2020 finalists, a number of Gareth Southgate’s players made indifferent starts to their 2021-22 club campaigns.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has publicly identified the Ronaldo-fication of Manchester United | Barney Ronay

Mon, 11/14/2022 - 19:25

The result of his let-it-all-burn interview with Piers Morgan is a sense of clarity, that his persona is anathema to United’s new identity

Well, nobody saw that coming. Who could have known, who could have guessed that Cristiano Ronaldo was in fact a wildly solipsistic egomaniac? Were there, you wonder vaguely, some signs, some subtle hints along the way? Perhaps, in the end we never really knew him at all.

Looking back now it all started so well for Ronaldo. It started with the cakes. The cakes were massive. “I will tell you now, not one player touched the apple crumble and custard, not one player went up for that brownie because everybody was sat down and one of the lads said to me: ‘What has Cristiano got on his plate?’ The words of reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant after Ronaldo’s first sight of the players’ Friday night dessert trolley in August last year. And at least we know now what Ronaldo had on his plate, besides a large, sickly-sweet portion of Cristiano Ronaldo. The head of Ralf Rangnick for a start, and more recently the head of Erik ten Hag, judging by the tone of Ronaldo’s let-it-all-burn interview with the celebrity homunculus Piers Morgan.

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Jamie Jackson on Cristiano Ronaldo's bombshell Man Utd comments – video

Mon, 11/14/2022 - 19:24

The Guardian's Manchester football correspondent, Jamie Jackson, gives his opinion on Cristiano Ronaldo's comments after clips from his interview with Piers Morgan were released. In the interview, Ronaldo claimed the Manchester United coach, Erik ten Hag, and unnamed executives are eager to force him out of the club.

The Portuguese forward went on to attack the structure of the club, claiming United have not progressed since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. Jackson considers how justified Ronaldo's claims of 'disrespect' are after walking out of two games this season, and whether there is any way back for Ronaldo at Old Trafford

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The Fiver | Cristiano Ronaldo and the art of not taking the coward’s way out

Mon, 11/14/2022 - 15:52

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The debate has raged for years, dividing families, ending friendships and causing a lot of teenagers to throw games controllers across the room following a lengthy argument with a child in another country. The Fiver, naturally, does not want to show its political leaning on such important matters – it is not trivial like Brexit – but we feel it is necessary to support our man. Messi or Ronaldo? There is only one option.

The Fiver knows a thing or two about betrayal. People have been trying to force us out of Fiver Towers ever since we let Weird Uncle Fiver use the office printer in 2001. Ronaldo has only been unwanted for a year-and-a half, The Fiver has been undermined by ‘the man’ for years, without randomly being given the captain’s armband. “I don’t have respect for [Ten Hag] because he doesn’t show respect for me,” sobbed CR7 on Sunday night. We feel you buddy.

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Manchester United await ‘full facts’ of explosive Cristiano Ronaldo interview

Mon, 11/14/2022 - 15:15
  • Ronaldo criticised Erik ten Hag for lack of ‘respect’
  • Ralf Rangnick, Wayne Rooney were also singled out

Manchester United have responded to Cristiano Ronaldo’s accusation that he is being forced out of the club by highlighting the “togetherness” being built under Erik ten Hag, their manager.

In a Talk TV interview to be broadcast later this week, previewed by a newspaper article by his interviewer, Piers Morgan, and among a litany of complaints about the club he returned to in the summer of 2021, Ronaldo criticised Ten Hag, saying of the current Manchester United manager: “I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me.”

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‘I felt betrayed’: Cristiano Ronaldo claims he is being pushed out of Manchester United – video

Mon, 11/14/2022 - 10:46

Cristiano Ronaldo says coach Erik ten Hag and unnamed executives are eager to force him out of Manchester United. The veteran striker has had a difficult relationship with the Dutchman since his arrival at the start of the season. 

Ronaldo also attacked the structure of the club. In further clips from the interview, released by TalkTV and due to be broadcast on Wednesday and Thursday, Ronaldo claimed United had not progressed as a club since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013

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Jesse Lingard: ‘Nobody really knew about my struggles. We’re all human’

Mon, 11/14/2022 - 10:00

Nottingham Forest’s attacker opens up on depression during lost period at Manchester United and how lockdown helped him reset

The best way to sum up how bad things were for Jesse Lingard was that he had become everything he is not. The fun-loving, extrovert Nottingham Forest midfielder did not want to leave the house. The boy who has always embraced the ball and the game with everything he has did not want to be on the pitch. He was even drinking. Anything to escape the bleakness of his reality.

“I was on autopilot,” Lingard says. “I was having conversations with people and I was just like: ‘Yeah. OK. Yeah.’ Nothing would register. It would go in one ear and out the other. I was numb and I wanted to be in that numb state where I didn’t have to feel anything.”

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‘I felt betrayed’: Ronaldo aims broadside at Ten Hag and Manchester United

Sun, 11/13/2022 - 22:46
  • Forward says coach and others want him out of club
  • ‘I felt betrayed and I felt like some people don’t want me here’

Cristiano Ronaldo claims he has been “betrayed” by Manchester United and believes they are trying to force him out of the club.

The Portugal forward said that head coach Erik ten Hag and others want him out of Old Trafford in an excerpt of a 90-minute interview released on the Piers Morgan Uncensored Twitter feed.

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‘It should be done in a better way’: Fernandes criticises Qatar World Cup

Sun, 11/13/2022 - 20:04
  • Portugal midfielder speaking after United win at Fulham
  • ‘We know the surroundings … about the people that died’

Bruno Fernandes has become the most outspoken critic yet of the World Cup among those who will actually be playing in it. “It’s not exactly the time we want to be playing in the World Cup,” the Manchester United midfielder said after his side’s 2-1 win at Fulham.

“I think for everyone, players and fans, it’s not the best time. Kids will be at school, people will be working and the timings will not be the best for people to watch the games.”

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Alejandro Garnacho sinks Fulham with last-gasp Manchester United winner

Sun, 11/13/2022 - 18:46

Paul Tierney blew his whistle, the ball dropped out of the sky and was grabbed by Tim Ream, and history was made as the Premier League, for the first time ever, broke for the World Cup. The final game before the six-week shutdown was an enjoyable romp that culminated with that most familiar of tropes, a last-minute Manchester United winner, slid in by the 18-year-old substitute Alejandro Garnacho.

A crisp evening by the Thames. The bells of All Saints welcoming the throng through Bishops Park. Smoke rising from the fast-food vans into the chill, clear air. The trees an autumnal gold. In the morning, a gentle mist had hung over the river, perfect for the old maids to cycle through on their way to holy communion. It was the sort of November day that has made trips to Craven Cottage so evocative since it first became the home of Fulham in 1896. It certainly was not the sort of day to make you feel as though, a week less half an hour after kick-off, the World Cup would be getting under way.

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Fulham 1-2 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened

Sun, 11/13/2022 - 18:25

Alejandro Garnacho broke Fulham hearts with a last-gasp winner at Craven Cottage

1 min: Casemiro ends a period of scrappy play by funnelling the ball out to Malacia, who is starting at right-back to offend all our aesthetic sensibilities.

After a minute’s silence for Remembrance Sunday, we’re ready to go. United to kick off.

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Emergence of Alejandro Garnacho is a boost for Erik ten Hag’s project

Sat, 11/12/2022 - 20:00

Manchester United’s visit to Fulham can offer a clearer picture of the manager’s progress, but scoring goals is still a problem

Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United Premier League report card after 13 games reads 23 points, a goal difference of -1 (18 scored, 19 against), and fifth place before the weekend’s matches. As United visit Fulham for Sunday’s late match, the verdict on the Dutchman’s fledgling tenure might be one of fair progress given the surgery required on a team that trailed in 35 points behind Manchester City last May.

But the nine years since United’s last Premier League triumph in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season have featured a catalogue of missteps and false dawns, and Ten Hag is the fifth manager who is attempting to solve the United conundrum: how to make England’s record champions contenders again.

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Ten Hag aiming to sell Maguire next summer in Manchester United rebuild

Fri, 11/11/2022 - 19:09
  • Club know they may have to accept big loss on £80m defender
  • Manager ready to let Fred go in summer to upgrade midfield

Manchester United will consider offers for Harry Maguire next summer, with Erik ten Hag intent on selling his captain to help fund a continuing overhaul of the squad. Maguire cost £80m but the club realise they may have to accept a considerable loss to sell him.

The news comes days before England’s World Cup 2022 campaign begins in Qatar, where Maguire is expected to be a first choice for Gareth Southgate. However, the 29-year-old’s stock has fallen considerably at United.

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Premier League team news: predicted lineups for the weekend action

Fri, 11/11/2022 - 17:10

The World Cup is almost here but first one final round of fixtures features Newcastle v Chelsea and Wolves v Arsenal

Saturday 12.30pm BT Sport 1 Venue Etihad Stadium Last season Manchester City 2 Brentford 0

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Anthony Martial key to Manchester United’s top-four hopes, says Ten Hag

Fri, 11/11/2022 - 13:30
  • United looking into reasons for Martial’s frequent injuries
  • Donny van de Beek unlikely to go on loan in January

Erik ten Hag believes Anthony Martial is vital to Manchester United’s hopes of a top-four finish and winning trophies, and says the club are trying to understand why the centre-forward suffers continual injury problems.

Martial made only a second start and sixth appearance in Thursday’s 4-2 Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa, scoring United’s opener for his fourth goal of the season. Ten Hag’s team have managed only 32 goals in 26 games and the manager was asked whether keeping Martial fit was key.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Fri, 11/11/2022 - 08:17

Nathan Jones takes his Saints to Anfield, a template for Graham Potter on Tyneside and Rice v Maddison

Jack Grealish had Pep Guardiola positively purring after an effervescent and relentless performance of attacking play in Wednesday’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Chelsea. For this observer it was by far the 27-year-old’s finest outing in Manchester City colours as he menaced Graham Potter’s visitors at will, both from his wide left zone and through more central areas. Afterwards, Guardiola said: “I want Jack to have the responsibility, to play with Kevin [De Bruyne] with Phil [Foden]. I want Jack to get the ball to attack the back line. We talk to him – that the first intention is to score a goal. And today the body language is that the first intention is to score a goal and after to pass. He was exceptional again, Jack is playing really good.” The winger seemed, at last, to remember how brilliant he can be, how his blend of dribbling, pace, trickery, power and athleticism can take him past most opponents and give City – and England at the World Cup – a different and breathtaking dimension. Brentford should beware. Jamie Jackson

Manchester City v Brentford, Saturday 12.30pm (all times GMT)

Newcastle v Chelsea, Saturday 5.30pm

Liverpool v Southampton, Saturday 3pm

Tottenham v Leeds, Saturday 3pm

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Scott McTominay caps Manchester United’s 4-2 comeback win against Villa

Thu, 11/10/2022 - 22:03

Manchester United and Aston Villa produced a borefest before the break and a classic cup thriller after the half-time oranges which featured six goals and ended with the effervescent substitute Alejandro Garnacho creating the Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay strikes that took Erik ten Hag’s team into the last 16, where they will face Burnley.

Robin Olsen was Villa’s culprit for the Fernandes goal that made it 3-2: the goalkeeper’s slipshod pass went straight to Garnacho and after Fernandes collected from the winger his effort deflected in off Tyrone Mings. Then, in added time, McTominay slid home from Garnacho’s sweetly flighted ball.

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Manchester United v Aston Villa: Carabao Cup third round – live

Thu, 11/10/2022 - 20:21

“What has Donny done to deserve a place in this team?” writes Awais Alam. “Must be doing something right in training but then not on the pitch!”

I’ve given up trying to solve that mystery. Maybe he’s the Jordi Cruyff de nos jours – Dutch, classy and wasting his mid-20s in Manchester.

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