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Cristiano Ronaldo has made his feelings clear as Man United create new manager shortlist



Manchester United are still yet to appoint a new long-term manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was dismissed last year.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo have already made his feelings clear about who he would like to see take charge.

Cristiano Ronaldo has already played under twice as many managers than he did during his first stint at Manchester United, but he has already given his views on who the club should appoint next.

Ronaldo was re-signed by former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but after he was sacked in November Ralf Rangnick came in on a temporary basis. The German has improved them slightly, but he still wasn’t able to keep them in Europe as they went crashing out of the Champions League after a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

United are expected to make their next appointment in the summer, with several managers already on their reported shortlist. But Ronaldo has made his feelings clear about who he wants to see come in, and a new list is forming.

Ronaldo reportedly wanted United to appoint former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique when Solskjaer was sacked, and it’s unlikely that his views will have changed come the summer. And Enrique was asked about the possibility of becoming United boss, although he brushed off any links.

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Enrique told reporters “Is today April Fools’ Day?” as he laughed off links to Old Trafford, and journalist Fabrizio Romano later added that he is happy in his current role as manager of the Spain national team. That may also be a reason why Ronaldo is interested, so that he can weaken his rivals ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Portugal aren’t even guaranteed to be heading to Qatar this winter as they were stunned by Serbia in their final qualification game, and they must face Turkey in seven days time to seal their fate.

It’s not been the dream return for Ronaldo, as United will now suffer another season without silverware, and they may miss out on a place in the top four, ruling them out of Champions League action too. That’s why it is imperative that United get it right this summer, as they form a new and improved manager shortlist.

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According to the Daily Mail, the list includes Ronaldo’s suggestion, along with Thomas Tuchel as United have been urged to tempt the German away from Chelsea following their recent issues due to Russian owner Roman Abramovich. Of course, although it is a new list, their most likely candidates still remain as Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag are still linked.

Pochettino is likely to leave Paris Saint Germain this summer after another failed run in the Champions League, and Ten Hag is reportedly taking English lessons as he eyes a move away from Ajax. A move for Ten Hag could revive the career of Donny van de Beek, but Pochettino could tempt Harry Kane to Old Trafford.

United still have a while to consider their options, although they don’t want to be too hesitant and miss out on any of their targets. But they need to get it right this time after failing to replace Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013.

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David Moyes was the first manager to be trusted, but his stint at United ended rather ugly, although he has since revived his career at West Ham. Louis van Gaal was next, but even he was sacked after winning the FA Cup.

Jose Mourinho brought European success back to Manchester, albeit in the Europa League, and that season remains the last year in which they achieved silverware.

Since then, United haven’t won anything, and £1.4billion has been spent by the club since 2011, with no real success to show for it in recent years. Despite that United still need to sign a new midfielder, and also look to secure a new long-term striker, so more money will have to be spent to resolve those issues.

Therefore, United will want to ensure they hire the right man for the job before more money is spent, as Rangnick wasn’t even trusted with funds to strengthen in the January transfer window.

It’s a vital summer for United, with many big decisions to be made amongst the board.


Tuchel hands 22-year-old his first Chelsea start – predicted starting XI against Leeds this weekend



Chelsea will look to get back to winning ways in Sunday’s game against Leeds United at Elland Road.

The Blues dominated proceedings in the London derby against Spurs last week, however only came out of things with a point following Harry Kane’s late equaliser.

Thomas Tuchel operated a fluid and unique system at Stamford Bridge, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount especially thriving in the new look system.

However, the Blues could turn back to the recognised back three this weekend, with our predicted lineup for the game against Leeds.

GK and Defence

Edouard Mendy made a brilliant save just before Spurs’ late equaliser at the end, and his position in the squad is more than secure for this one.

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With there still being no breakthrough on the Wesley Fofana front, Cesar Azpilicueta will return to the starting lineup as captain at Elland Road.

Fixtures are yet to pick up in the early stages of the season, so Thiago Silva should still be fresh and okay to participate again.

The centre-backs will be completed by Kalidou Koulibaly, who showed his quality again in an emphatic display against Spurs.


Reece James scored almost instantly after being moved back to wing-back on Sunday, and the Blues will look to get the attacking best out of him on Sunday.

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Jorginho may have been at fault for the first conceded goal last week, although his great performance will still see him start again against Leeds.

Injuries have ruled N’golo Kante and likely Mateo Kovacic out of the game, there is a big choice to be made to partner the Italy internatonal. While Ruben Loftus-Cheek starred against Spurs, Conor Gallagher will be chosen to partner in midfield, being handed his first start for the club.

Marc Cucurella will look to build on his impressive performance last week with another start against Leeds, with Ben Chilwell still not quite at match fitness.

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The Chelsea attack will have a familiar look to the last two weeks, with Mason Mount occupying the free-roaming role in the attack against an opponent he has had a lot of success against before.

Raheem Sterling will try again in his quest to open his Chelsea league account, with him missing a glorious chance last week.

Kai Havertz is another man who missed a great opportunity to win the game for the Blues at the weekend, although his work in the front three was enough to see him start again.

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Atletico Madrid do not want to pay €40 million for Barcelona attacker



Atletico Madrid are in a precarious situation in regards to their ownership of Antoine Griezmann.

The Spanish giants had signed the Barcelona forward on a two-year loan deal last summer. The contract included a mandatory purchase option worth €40 million if the player features in 50% of the matches with a minimum of 45 minutes between the games across two seasons.

Last season, Griezmann featured in 82.5% of the matches, meaning Atletico Madrid may have to virtually leave him out on the bench throughout the 2022/23 campaign if they are to avoid paying the fee for the Frenchman in 2023.

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However, with Luis Suarez leaving the club, Atletico Madrid consider Griezmann a viable part of the club’s attacking unit and Los Colchoneros must get the best out of him, if they are to regain their lost status in the title race in this new season.

At the same time, the club are not too keen on meeting the mandatory €40 million purchase clause set on Griezmann’s contract. This has been reported by Mundo Deportivo which suggests the club are looking to reduce the overall valuation of the clause.

While Barcelona are yet to respond to Atletico’s overtures, there is a clear indication that the capital club have no intention to pay anywhere near the €40 million for the services of Griezmann, who was barely even a starter for Diego Simeone’s men last season

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The Frenchman was even left out on the bench in Atletico’s opening game against Getafe. However, coming on as a substitute in the final half an hour, the attacker was able to break his scoring duck by netting the third goal in a 3-0 victory.

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It will be interesting to see whether the little cameo compels Simeone to start him in future matches, although his performances should not deter Atletico Madrid from their attempts to lower the price tag of the star striker.

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Barcelona star’s move to Chelsea is now ‘heating up’ – report



Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be close to securing a move to Chelsea from FC Barcelona, with the move now heating up, reports Victor Navarro on COPE.

Aubameyang joined Barça only eight months ago, arriving as a free agent from Arsenal in January. He helped the Catalans finish second in La Liga last season and finished the campaign as the club’s joint top scorer in all competitions along with Memphis Depay

And, Barcelona could now lose both their top scorers this summer. Depay is closing in on a move to Juventus, having reportedly agreed a two-year contract with the Italian giants.

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And now Aubameyang could be on his way to Chelsea imminently, with the move ‘heating up’ recently. The Blues have made the 33-year-old Gabonese striker their top target after losing both Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel enjoyed a successful relationship with Aubameyang during their time at Borussia Dortmund and is now pushing for a reunion.

Reports earlier on Thursday indicated that Chelsea were planning to submit a formal offer for the former Arsenal captain imminently.

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Now, Victor Navarro is claiming that the two clubs are negotiating over the transfer of the 33-year-old, with all parties intent on getting the move over the line.

Barcelona need to get rid of players so that they can register Jules Kounde and make more additions, with a new right-back and left-back on the club’s agenda.

The departure of Depay alone will not be enough to register Kounde. And with Frenkie de Jong unwilling to leave and no offers arriving for Sergino Dest yet, Aubameyang’s exit seems the best option for Barça.

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The ex-Arsenal superstar has fallen down the pecking order at Camp Nou this season following the arrival of Robert Lewandowski. A move to Stamford Bridge could see him become the first-choice striker and enjoy regular game-time.

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