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Cristiano Ronaldo spotted doing four amazing things in first Man United training session



Cristiano Ronaldo has re-signed for Manchester United, with the club confirming his second arrival on transfer deadline day.

And, on Tuesday, the Portugal international trained with his new team-mates for the first time. Express Sport will now take a look at four things we noticed the veteran doing during his first session at Carrington in 12 years.

Experienced heads

Ronaldo initially walked out onto the training pitch with Juan Mata.

Given the Spain international is another ultimate professional, that certainly makes sense.

Mata may not always play for United these days but the club have kept him around because they value his overall contribution.

Ronaldo towered over the former Chelsea star as they walked out, cutting an imposing figure.

And the duo may have been discussing ways they can lend their experience to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s young squad.

Keeping cool

It was a hot day on Wednesday, with temperatures close to 30°C being recorded in some parts of the country.

Ronaldo had previously said he was soaking up the sun in Manchester, something that doesn’t happen very often.

And he was seen trying to keep himself cool during training by blasting himself with water.

Interestingly, it wasn’t with one of the club’s water bottles.

Maybe Ronaldo wasn’t given one in his welcome package. A trip to the club’s Megastore beckons…

Mentoring the young guns

At separate points during the session, Ronaldo could be seen training alongside some of United’s young players.

Joe Hugill has been deadly at youth level over the past year and was spotted next to the former Juventus star.

And Hannibal Mejbri was also involved amid expectations he’ll be unleashed more regularly by Solskjaer this term.

While Ronaldo mentored the young, he also did train under former team-mate Darren Fletcher.

How United must wish they had a defensive midfielder of the Scot’s calibre, having seen him shine during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge.

Smiling away

One of the biggest takeaways from Ronaldo’s first session is just how happy he looks.

He looked totally relaxed in his surroundings, particularly when alongside Fred and Diogo Dalot.

Now, the onus will be on United to ensure the situation stays that way.

Ronaldo, when happy and fully firing, is the best player on the planet. Potentially, the best of all time.

And it would be wise of Solskjaer to stay on his good side, rather than risk rocking the boat.

Ronaldo is raring to go

Speaking before he made his first United training appearance, Ronaldo admitted he was thrilled to be back.

“Well, as you know, I have a fantastic history with this amazing club,” he told club media last week.

“I was there at 18 years old and of course I’m so happy to be back home after 12 years.

“So I’m really glad and looking forward to start my first game.

“I think it’s the best decision that I have made it. It’s right on point in my opinion.

“I moved from Juve now to Manchester, it’s a new chapter, I’m so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies and number one of them, to win great things.”


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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