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Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened

Sat, 10/22/2022 - 19:41

A cagey game came alive in the last few minutes, when Jorginho’s penalty was cancelled out by a mighty header from Casemiro

2 min Chelsea are playing as expected, with Cucurella as the left-sided centre-back.

2 min “Interesting about the rivalry that never quite exploded,” says Digvijay Yadav. “I always thought that the 2006-10 period was as intense as any. In fact the ‘06-‘07 was the most cathartic title win since Fergie’s first. And that was partly a result of the fear that Chelsea had sowed in the league and the loathing that inspired in United. Or maybe that’s just me.”

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Casemiro’s injury-time header rescues point for Manchester United at Chelsea

Sat, 10/22/2022 - 19:39

Casemiro had been the outstanding performer of a game that appeared to have been snatched away from his Manchester United team. A smooth and commanding presence at the back of the midfield, he provided the platform for the visitors to dominate the first half.

And when Chelsea rocked them with a late Jorginho penalty after a lengthy period of second-half drift, it was Casemiro who refused to accept it would be one of those hard luck stories. David de Gea had not been required to make a save for United before he fished the penalty out of his net.

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Traits that made Cristiano Ronaldo great now hasten his painful decline | Jonathan Liew

Fri, 10/21/2022 - 20:00

Manchester United player lost a child and is struggling as his athletic gifts erode away. Does he not deserve compassion?

Cristiano Ronaldo trained alone on Friday. In a way it was the perfect image: a footballer who perhaps more than any other embodies the trope of the individual superstar, the idea that one man can do it on his own, doing it on his own. The television cameras were there to film his arrival and they were there a few hours later to film Erik ten Hag as he weathered a squall of Cristiano-related questions. The soap opera continues. But for now the football career is on hold.

Ronaldo will not feature for Manchester United against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon. He has been suspended for storming down the tunnel after refusing to come on as a substitute against Tottenham on Wednesday. The word is that United will again try to move him on in the January transfer window, and may even pay him to leave.

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'I have to set standards': Erik ten Hag on suspending Cristiano Ronaldo – video

Fri, 10/21/2022 - 15:45

The Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, has said that he has to 'set standards and values' for the team after handing Cristiano Ronaldo a suspension for Saturday's match against Chelsea. Ronaldo refused to come on as a substitute during Wednesday’s  win over Tottenham and headed down the tunnel. 

It was the second time in three months that Ronaldo had left the pitch before the final whistle, after a similar incident in a friendly with Rayo Vallecano. 'When it's the second time, that will have consequences,' Ten Hag added. 'We miss him tomorrow, that is a miss for the squad ... but it's important for the mentality of the group.'

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‘I have to set standards and values’: Ten Hag on why he suspended Ronaldo

Fri, 10/21/2022 - 12:21
  • Ronaldo not part of Manchester United squad for Chelsea game
  • Manager says there had to be consequences for repeat behaviour

Erik ten Hag has stated that he is in charge of “standards and values” after suspending Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.

The manager acted after Ronaldo refused to come on as a substitute and exited down the Old Trafford tunnel during Wednesday’s win over Tottenham.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Fri, 10/21/2022 - 00:01

Liverpool’s midfield are due for another test, Chelsea have a hole to fill and could Saints spring a surprise over Arsenal?

It is easy to see why Chelsea were interested in finding cover at right wing-back last summer. Reece James’s knee injury has given Graham Potter a conundrum to solve before his team host Manchester United on Saturday. There is no ready-made alternative to the England international. The experiment of using Raheem Sterling as James’s stand-in was swiftly aborted during Chelsea’s win over Villa last weekend and César Azpilicueta does not have the legs to charge up and down the right flank against top opposition. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a likelier candidate. The midfielder did well as a wing-back for Thomas Tuchel and has filled in there for Potter. However Loftus-Cheek is not a defender – he had some uncomfortable moments against Brentford in midweek – and his delivery is not as incisive as James. United should look to target that flank. Jacob Steinberg

Chelsea v Manchester United, Saturday 5.30pm (all times BST)

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United, Sunday 4.30pm

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion, Saturday 3pm

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Ronaldo banished by Manchester United and reluctant to engage with some staff

Thu, 10/20/2022 - 18:00
  • Forward will not be involved at Chelsea after walking out early
  • Relationship fractious with some of Erik ten Hag’s inner circle

Cristiano Ronaldo has been dropped from Manchester United’s squad for Saturday’s game at Chelsea. The punishment was imposed by Erik ten Hag on a day when it emerged that the forward has such a fractious relationship with some of the manager’s coaching staff that he keeps his communication with certain members to a minimum.

Ten Hag has omitted Ronaldo as a result of the player refusing to come on as a substitute during Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Tottenham and walking down the tunnel before the end of the match. The decision has been backed by the club’s hierarchy and Ronaldo will not train with the first team as they prepare for the game at Stamford Bridge. Ten Hag has still asked him to report to the training ground.

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Ronaldo’s walkout marks final curtain on his waning power at Manchester United

Thu, 10/20/2022 - 15:17

Player’s reaction to being left out of win over Spurs will bolster Erik ten Hag’s assessment that he is now peripheral to United

Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest walkout on Manchester United marked two significant ends. The final curtain on supporters’ unconditional love for a pouting superstar who as an unused replacement could not stomach sticking around to celebrate a scintillating win over Tottenham. It is also the death knell of this 37-year-old superstar being a relevance – to Erik ten Hag and the United side he seeks to build.

Both are connected. Fans witness the finest display of their team in recent memory and see a man who draws about £500,000 a week sulk because Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen and Anthony Elanga were preferred when his manager made changes. They watch a footballer who enjoys unadulterated hero status due to his brilliance hurl it back in their faces by acting as if he can and should overshadow their club.

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Ten Hag focused on ‘magnificent’ team display and not Ronaldo walk-off – video

Thu, 10/20/2022 - 10:28

A delighted Erik ten Hag praised Manchester United’s 'best team performance' of the season after a 2-0 defeat of Tottenham, but the manager again had to deal with a distraction as Cristiano Ronaldo walked down the Old Trafford tunnel before the end of the match without his permission. Ronaldo had been dropped for Marcus Rashford and, after Scott McTominay, Anthony Elanga and Christian Eriksen were introduced as second-half substitutes, the Portuguese headed for the United dressing room, as he had done before the end of July’s friendly against Rayo Vallecano. 

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Erik ten Hag focused on ‘magnificent’ team display and not Ronaldo walk-off

Wed, 10/19/2022 - 23:46
  • Manchester United manager: ‘We deal with that tomorrow’
  • Antonio Conte says Tottenham ‘did not start the game’

A delighted Erik ten Hag praised Manchester United’s “best team performance” of the season after a 2-0 defeat of Tottenham, but the manager again had to deal with the distraction of Cristiano Ronaldo walking down the Old Trafford tunnel before the end of the match without the manager’s permission.

Goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes secured United’s sixth win of the campaign. After home wins over Liverpool and Arsenal, three top-six sides have now been beaten at Old Trafford. Ten Hag said: “I am pleased with the team – it was the best performance so far this season so you see a team developing, you already see the last weeks [how] we want to play. We get every day better on the pitch. Not every game will be like today but Spurs is a magnificent team and it was really enjoyable to watch.”

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Bruno Fernandes seals Manchester United’s worthy win against blunt Spurs

Wed, 10/19/2022 - 22:15

When Bruno Fernandes curled in Manchester United’s second goal on 69 minutes a seated Erik ten Hag raised his arms in delight. The strike directly followed Harry Kane missing a gilded opportunity to equalise when smashing against David de Gea from close range. From that the hosts raced 80 yards upfield with Antony and the excellent Fred involved before United’s talisman bent a supreme finish past Hugo Lloris for only a second of the term.

Ten Hag had spoken of how more goals would come for Fernandes and provide all that has been missing from the Portuguese. As with the playmaker’s performance, United’s display this evening felt a considerable step forward as they dominated from first whistle to last, Marcus Rashford going close to a third towards the end in a victory that lifts them to 19 points, four behind Tottenham, who remain third, and Manchester City in second.

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Manchester United v Tottenham: Premier League – live updates

Wed, 10/19/2022 - 19:05

Referee: Simon Hooper

Assistants: Ian Hussin and Adrian Holmes

Fourth official: Andy Madley

VAR: Michael Oliver

Richarlison left Goodison Park on crutches after suffering a calf injury that reduced him to tears of frustration and cast his World Cup hopes into doubt, despite reassurances from Antonio Conte that the Brazilian will recover in plenty of time for Qatar. “I hope for him to play other games with us before the World Cup but for sure the injury is not so serious,” said Conte.

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Erik ten Hag delaying contract decisions on Marcus Rashford and David de Gea

Tue, 10/18/2022 - 22:30
  • Ten Hag: ‘In this moment we only think about performing’
  • Ronaldo and Luke Shaw also out of contract in June

Erik ten Hag is yet to decide whether David de Gea and Marcus Rashford will be offered new contracts, with Manchester United’s manager choosing to focus on performance.

De Gea, who made his 500th appearance for the club in Sunday’s draw with Newcastle, and Rashford each have deals that expire in June, though the club have an option of a further year for both. Rashford is 25 on 31 October.

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Antonio Conte steeled to do battle with Manchester United ‘monster’ | David Hytner

Tue, 10/18/2022 - 22:30

While Tottenham look quietly self-assured before their trip to Old Trafford, their manager knows there is little room for error

As a player at Juventus Antonio Conte had first-hand experience of what it meant to step out at Old Trafford, to feel the power of Manchester United, the aura of one of England’s superclubs.

Conte was the Juventus captain in 1999 when the teams locked horns in the Champions League semi-final and he opened the scoring in the 1-1 first-leg draw in Manchester. Inspired by Roy Keane, United would win the return leg 3-2, having been 2-0 down, en route to the treble.

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Shaw claims Manchester United team has not always been picked on merit

Mon, 10/17/2022 - 15:35
  • Left-back says Ten Hag will not use players who are out of form
  • ‘In the past that’s not been the case,’ England defender claims

Luke Shaw has claimed the Manchester United team was not always picked on merit under Erik ten Hag’s predecessors and that the new manager’s approach keeps “everyone on their toes”.

The England left-back lost his place to Tyrell Malacia after United’s 4-0 drubbing at Brentford in August but has returned to the starting lineup for the past two Premier League games against Newcastle and Everton. Shaw admits he has no issue with being dropped over a loss of form but believes that fair standard of selection has not always been applied.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Mon, 10/17/2022 - 08:06

Diego Costa offers Wolves more bite, Antonio Conte faces a selection headache and VAR continues to confound coaches

In real time it looked as though the VAR check for Phil Foden’s disallowed goal related to the challenge on Alisson by Erling Haaland. The fact it was for something earlier, Haaland’s foul on Fabinho, a kind of disdainful toss to the floor which seemed entirely unconnected by the time the ball was put in the net by Foden, emphasised again the oddity and inconsistency of VAR. That challenge had been within the referee’s eyeline at the time. Was this video tool really intended to allow the officials to re-referee such 50-50 moments? Was there an obvious injustice here that simply had to be corrected? The answer probably depends on which team you support, or how slowly you replay the collision. But again, it was hard to feel the spectacle was improved by this intervention. This has been an unintended consequence of VAR: over-refereeing, and bizarrely excessive prominence for the enforcer of some necessarily subjective laws. Football is entertainment. Bald men looking at screens is not. Barney Ronay

Match report: Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City

Match report: Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle

Match report: Tottenham 2-0 Everton

Match report: Leeds 0-1 Arsenal

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Manchester United hold off Newcastle in high-tempo but goalless draw

Sun, 10/16/2022 - 16:15

Breathless and invigorating and a touch scrappy: this was the tale of a goalless draw contested in bright autumnal sunshine that Manchester United and Newcastle United will each feel they should have won.

Erik ten Hag stated his team wished to tell the story of the game but the visitors ensured they did not and, instead, the fare was akin to basketball in an end-to-end nature that largely bypassed measured midfield play. In the closing moments Casemiro released Marcus Rashford who rounded Nick Pope but on passing to Fred the midfielder’s radar was awry: it was as fair summation of what was on show all afternoon with Rashford somehow missing a point-blank header in added time.

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Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood arrested for alleged bail breach

Sat, 10/15/2022 - 13:41
  • 21-year-old arrested in January on suspicion of rape and assault
  • Forward has been suspended by his club since allegations

The Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has been arrested on suspicion of breaching his bail conditions.

According to reports in the Sun, Greenwood was arrested at his home in Cheshire on Saturday morning.

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