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Cristiano Ronaldo has told Man United owners the Glazers his stance on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s private stance on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager isn’t known. However, his public one is.

And, as the Norwegian fights to save his job, the Portugal international has already made it clear to the Glazers his former team-mate needs time to get the best from his players at Old Trafford.

United’s season started so brightly, with the club winning three of their first four matches against Leeds, Wolves and Newcastle respectively.

But, ever since a 2-1 Champions League defeat to Young Boys in Switzerland, the Red Devils have come undone.

United are currently on a run of six defeats from their last 12 matches across all competitions, leading to scrutiny over Solskjaer’s position in the process.

Ronaldo has been a positive throughout that run, with the Portugal international netting nine times since returning.

Yet the brutal fact of the matter is that United are nowhere near where they should be.

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Ronaldo’s private thoughts on Solskjaer aren’t currently known, even if it did emerge he feels standards at the club have slipped.

It’s also been reported the Portugal international has told his team-mates to maintain their intensity regardless of the speculation surrounding the club at present.

However, speaking last month, the veteran did make it clear he feels Solskjaer needs time to get the best from his squad – in comments that could be behind the Glazers’ current reluctance to wield the axe.

“We are in a moment in my opinion that Manchester (United) do a few changes; they buy me, they buy (Raphael) Varane and (Jadon) Sancho,” he said.

“The adaptation will take time, even the system of the game that we play, but I think step by step we have to put it in our mind that everything is possible.

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“I don’t speak only about my individual stuff, I put the collective in first place.

“To win things as a collective, it’s more easy to win individual stuff, I still think it’s possible.”

Ronaldo also made it clear in the same interview that United players, as well as their coaching staff, should shoulder the blame.

“We have to [take responsibility],” said Ronaldo.

“To play for Manchester United and to be a coach of Manchester United you will always be criticised, and you have to accept that it’s part of the business to criticise you.

“You play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, all eyes are on you and it is normal. You have to deal with it.

“The coaches, the players, when we lose we are in the same boat, when we win it is the same.

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“You have to deal with the pressure, the pressure is here, it will continue to be here when you win or lose and you have to deal with that.

“It is part of the job.”

For now, the Glazers are hesitant when it comes to sacking Solskjaer.

However, that hasn’t stopped a host of names being linked with the job.

Top of the Red Devils’ shortlist appears to be Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino, despite their commitments at Leicester and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.

And the likes of Ralf Rangnick and Erik Ten Hag have been linked, too.

United’s next match, against Watford after the international break, is on November 20.

And there’s nothing to indicate Solskjaer won’t be in charge for that game, despite his side’s issues.

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Man United facing two-way transfer problems as Erik ten Hag looks to offload six stars

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Manchester United are focused on trying to bring in at least three new signings before deadline day to halt a season already mired in crisis.

But offloading existing players has become just as problematic for United as persuading new names to join Erik ten Hag’s abject side, which currently sits rock-bottom of the Premier League.

United want to get rid of at least six players – Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, James Garner and Brandon Williams – before deadline day in a fortnight’s time.

But so far there have been no takers for United’s cast-offs, with many on such exorbitant wages or simply not considered good enough for other clubs to decide to take them on.

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Although United managed to sell Andreas Pereira to Fulham for £8.5million and send Alex Telles out on loan to Sevilla for the season, shifting other players to raise funds is proving tricky.

Bailly, who failed to even make the nine-man bench for ten Hag’s first two United games, has been told he can leave, but no club has so far made a firm move for the 28-year-old defender.

West Ham, Marseille and Monaco have all expressed interest in the Ivory Coast international, but with two years left on a deal worth £100,000-a-week, Bailly’s wages are proving a stumbling block.

Those clubs interested in Bailly want to take him on loan, with United continuing to pay a significant chunk of his wages. It is a similar story with most of the players United want to jettison.

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United, in contrast, want a permanent sale, to raise revenue to reinvest in the players ten Hag needs to bolster his squad after beginning his tenure with defeats to Brighton and Brentford.

Bailly’s situation is indicative of the lack of effective leadership at United, which has seen the club hand lucrative, long-term contracts to players who have barely featured in recent seasons.

In the case of Bailly, he signed a contract extension in April 2021, keeping him at United until 2023, with the option for a further year. Yet since signing that new deal, Bailly has made just eight Premier League appearances and has not made a competitive appearance for United since December last year.

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It is a familiar story with Jones, who in February 2019 penned a new deal until 2023, with an option for an extra year, but in that time has made just 21 appearances. There has been little interest in Wan-Bissaka, bought from Crystal Palace for £50m in 2019 under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but who has been told by ten Hag to find a new club.

Yet while United are struggling to persuade players to come to Old Trafford, getting them out of the door is proving just as taxing, symbolic of a club in decline and without any coherent strategy.

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Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante: Chelsea injury news and expected return dates before Leeds United

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Chelsea take on Leeds United on Sunday afternoon in a highly-anticipated Premier League bout at Elland Road.

The Blues have endured a turbulent start to the Premier League season; Thomas Tuchel’s side kicked off the new campaign with a 1-0 win over Everton despite a somewhat unconvincing performance,

before welcoming Tottenham Hotspur to Stamford Bridge, where an impressive display was dampened by a controversial stoppage-time equaliser.

Now, the west Londoners will be looking to translate a good performance into three points. So, with that in mind, here’s all the latest Chelsea injury news for Tuchel to contend with.

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Now, the west Londoners will be looking to translate a good performance into three points. So, with that in mind, here’s all the latest Chelsea injury news for Tuchel to contend with.

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Mateo Kovacic

One player that Tuchel won’t have at his disposal is central midfielder Kovacic, who is suffering from a slight knee issue at this moment in time

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What Tuchel said: “[Kovacic] has issues with his knee, always a little bit of a reaction. We decided to take a step back and increase treatment time to reduce the stress that comes from training to have a normal reaction before we start again. Everybody else is available

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Man United enter ‘final negotiation’ to sign £64,000-week-star

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Manchester United are in final negotiations with Barcelona to sign USA defender Sergino Dest, according to Spanish publication Sport.

The Red Devils are keen on bolstering multiple positions before the transfer deadline, and a new right-back is said to be among priorities.

Earlier this month, it was claimed that United are prepared to accelerate Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s exit in order to secure the services of Dest.

It is now reported that United are in the final phase of negotiations with the Blaugrana for Dest, who started his playing career at Ajax.

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There has been talk over a loan deal with an obligation to buy, but the Catalan giants are quite clear that they want €20 million (£17m) to offload him.

Dest was initially reluctant to leave Barcelona, but has now changed his stance. The 21-year-old is said to welcome a reunion with Erik ten Hag.

Dest would be an ideal right-back for Erik ten Hag

United lacked creativity from the right-back position last term. Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka failed to register a goal or an assist in any competition.

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The trend has remained the same this season. Dalot is now the first-choice, but the Portuguese has started the new campaign in a relatively poor fashion.

Hence, there are no surprises that United are looking to land Dest. The United States star has not lived up to his expectations at Barcelona, but was impressive at Ajax.

Under Ten Hag, he made his debut for the Amsterdam giants in 2019/2020. He had a solid maiden campaign with eight goal contributions from 38 appearances.

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A reunion with Ten Hag at United could bring the best out of him. Graduating through the Ajax system, he should be familiar with the playing style under the Dutchman.

At £17m, it seems a no-brainer signing for United. He has not even entered the prime of his career, and won’t command big wages. He is currently on £64,000-a-week.

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