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Cristiano Ronaldo already involved in Man United fight ahead of West Ham clash



Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United to be the main man.

And three goals in two games have shown the Portugal international is eager to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s leader as they look to win the Premier League title.

However, after two games, it’s clear he’s already in a direct scrap with Bruno Fernandes when it comes to being the talisman of this side.

Ronaldo had looked set to join Manchester City towards the end of the summer transfer window.

With Pep Guardiola missing out on Harry Kane, they then turned their attentions towards landing the 36-year-old.

Except, then, United got involved. And the moment that happened, there was only ever going to be one outcome.

The Red Devils confirmed on deadline day that Ronaldo would be back and, days later, that he’d be wearing the No 7 jersey again as well.

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And, so far, United’s decision to re-sign the Portugal international has been proven right.

Ronaldo hit the ground running last weekend, bagging a brilliant brace in a stirring 4-1 victory over Newcastle.

And he then followed that up with a goal on his second Champions League debut for the club, notching in a 2-1 defeat to Young Boys.

But when it comes to being the talisman, the main man of this side, Ronaldo won’t have everything his own way.

And that’s because of Fernandes.

The Portugal international has done precious little wrong since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020, almost single-handedly driving the club up the table.

With 30 goals from 55 Premier League matches since joining, he’s delivering with unnerving consistency.

And, since Ronaldo’s return, he’s shown he’s not willing to be overshadowed at the club.

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The way he netted against Newcastle last weekend spoke volumes.

Fernandes smashed the ball home from the edge of the box, wowing an Old Trafford crowd that had previously been signing Ronaldo’s name all game long.

It sent a message that, while Ronaldo was back, he wanted the headlines and the spotlight as well.

And Fernandes’ delicious assist for Ronaldo against Young Boys also gave off the air of a player eager to please supporters, too.

It was a sumptuous pass, delivered with the outside of his boot where his compatriot was on hand to tap home from close range.

Then, it’s also worth considering the way the pair behaved on the touchline once Solskjaer took them off.

Neither wanted to just sit down. Instead, both Ronaldo and Fernandes barked orders alongside Solskjaer as they looked to secure a draw.

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It’ll be fascinating to see how this power battle pans out as the months go on.

Neither will be content with taking a backseat role, instead both being eager to be the leaders of this team with their virtuoso performances.

And when they face off against West Ham on Sunday, the pair will be hoping to find the net.

Fernandes and Ronaldo both sent out similar messages after the defeat to Young Boys on Tuesday night.

The former said: “Wasn’t the result we wanted.

“But now it’s time to recover well and focus on the next game!”

And Ronaldo said: “Gutted not to win the first Champions League game of the season.

“Time to react and bounce back on Sunday.”


Three Man United youngsters impressing Erik ten hang in training, with new boss shocked by one




Erik ten Hag has only been coaching at Manchester United for a couple of days – but there are already three youngsters reportedly impressing their new boss.

The Dutchman has a good record of promoting youth players into the first team, which is something he did so well at Ajax.

And there is a trio of teenagers at Old Trafford who want to follow in the footsteps of Sergino Dest, Jurrien Timber, Ryan Gravenberch and Noa Lang, who were all given opportunities by Ten Hag in the first team of his former club.

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The Sun report that Zidane Iqbal is one of those, having signed a new contract at the Premier League side earlier this summer.

The 19-year-old, who made his first-team debut against Young Boys in the Champions League last December, has ‘shocked’ his new boss, who could be set for more minutes under the Dutch boss.

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Argentine winger Alejandro Garnacho is another who has caught Ten Hag’s eye in training, after scoring twice in the FA Youth Cup final against Nottingham Forest last season.

Garnacho, 18, trained with the Argentina senior squad earlier this year, having made two sub appearances for United.

He was also given Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick ball after his treble against Norwich.

Hannibal Mejbri, 19, made a number of appearances towards the end of last season – including a fiery performance in the club’s heavy defeat to Liverpool.

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And he is another academy graduate who Ten Hag could throw into the first-team fold, especially with Ronaldo reportedly wanting to leave the club.

To expect any of that trio to immediately replace the wantaway superstar would be unrealistic.

But, give it a few years, and United could have the next Ronaldo on their hands.

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Erik Ten Hag demands Man Utd ‘be fast’ about getting £43m signing over the line




Erik ten Hag has told Man Utd to hurry up over a potential deal to sign Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez, according to reports.

The Red Devils are looking for a new centre-back this summer to give Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane some competition.

Man Utd have been linked with a number of defenders but a potential transfer for Martinez seems to have legs with a number of respected journalists revealing Ten Hag’s interest in a deal.

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The Argentina international was one of Ajax’s best players under Ten Hag last season with the 24-year-old playing 37 times in all competitions for the Eredivisie champions.

Ajax have been holding out for €50m (£43m) for Martinez but reports yesterday indicated they are ‘willing to cooperate’ with Man Utd after the Red Devils put an offer of €41m plus €4m in add-ons on the table.

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And that will be music to Ten Hag’s ears with journalist Fabrizio Romano claiming that the Dutchman has told Man Utd ‘to be fast’ over sealing a deal for Martinez with competition coming from fellow Premier League side Arsenal.

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It is understood that Martinez is ‘pushing to leave Ajax’ this summer and Ten Hag wants the Argentine as his next signing after Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia.

Arsenal are described as ‘still there’ in the race for Martinez but Romano adds that Man Utd boss Ten Hag ‘wants him strongly’.

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Barcelona do not want to sign Ronaldo, Lewandowski is the priority



Following the meeting between Barcelona and super-agent Jorge Mendes on Monday, there has been non-stop speculation that the Catalans have been offered a chance to sign Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 37-year-old is intent on securing an exit from Old Trafford this summer, just a year after returning to his old stomping ground.

The lack of Champions League football and the failure to sign any players so far have been cited as reasons for the Portuguese maverick to seek a move.

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There have been talks with Chelsea, while a move to Bayern Munich has also been mooted. And following the meeting between his agent Mendes and Barcelona president Joan Laporta, it is being heavily speculated that Ronaldo has been offered to the Blaugrana.

However, as per a report from journalist David Bernabeu Reverter, there is zero chance that Barcelona will sign Ronaldo this summer.

The Spanish journalist claims that Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski remains the utmost priority for the Blaugrana this summer and their stance on the matter is non-negotiable.

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Barça have been pursuing Lewandowski for months and even have a three-year contract agreement in place with the Poland captain.

However, Bayern Munich’s unwillingness to negotiate with the Catalans is proving to be a major hurdle.

In spite of that, the Blaugrana remain intent on signing Lewandowski and are not considering bringing in Ronaldo, as per the aforementioned update.

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Despite being 37, Ronaldo remains in tremendous shape and scored 24 goals in all competitions last season. However, he has a rich history with Real Madrid.

The Portugal captain is Los Blancos’ all-time leading goalscorer and a club legend. So, it is hard to fathom that a move to Camp Nou can materialise.

As things stand, at least according to what David Bernabeu Reverter’s sources are stating, Lewandowski is the absolute priority for Barcelona.

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