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Five things we learned from Man United loss as Cristiano Ronaldo received message during from Premier League legend during the Match



Manchester United took an early lead but were unable to see the game with so much as a point, after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s first-half red card proved costly against Young Boys in a 2-1 defeat.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted in the first 15 minutes to set the Red Devils ahead, finishing well after a wonderful Bruno Fernandes delivery, but despite some good build-up play there were few further clear chances to increase the lead.

Wan-Bissaka was dismissed for a dreadful tackle 10 minutes before the break and a host of changes from Manchester United failed to stem the rising tide of pressure from their hosts, with Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu prodding in the equaliser and a stoppage-time winner arriving from Jordan Siebatcheu.

It marks another poor outing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team in the group phase of the Champions League, which they failed to progress from last year.

Here are five things we learned from the match at the Wankdorf Stadium.

Cristiano still owns the Champions League

You cannot stop the Portuguese forward in Europe.

Already the top scorer in the Champions League’s history, he had barely had a touch before he put United ahead, superb movement was the key to his first-time finish at the far post, easily losing his man.

This time it didn’t lead to post-match celebrations but it’s another sign of just how much he’ll contribute across the course of the season.

Sancho slow to settle in

Another new arrival didn’t have such an enjoyable night.

Jadon Sancho hasn’t hit the ground running and, out on the right flank this time, he failed to get involved too much and looked hesitant in possession, far from the heights he’s shown he’s capable of.

So early in his United career it won’t be a worry, rather an acknowledgement he needs time to settle.

But it was still striking he was first off after the red card in the reshuffle.

Rotation and opportunity

If Sancho was first off, Donny van de Beek wasn’t far behind.

The Dutchman was making his first start of the season and didn’t do too much to take his chance, though his levels of motivation can’t be too high right now given how far down the pecking order he seems to be.

Victor Lindelof, too, was restored to the line-up – and was another who didn’t impress.

The manager has been somewhat renowned for sticking to his first 11 whenever possible and it would be no surprise to see him revert in kind at the weekend.

Another battle in the group awaits

Turn the clocks back a season and while PSG were obviously excellent, Istanbul Basaksehir and RB Leipzig were merely strong opponents, rather than clearly better than United. A costly defeat to the team which finished bottom proved pivotal.

Might we have seen another similar instance here?

Villarreal and Atalanta are no PSG, but neither are they pushovers. United now face, if not an uphill battle at this early stage, then certainly a much trickier path than it looked when the draw was made.

Serious questions of Solskjaer

Last season, going out in what was basically a group play-off match with Leipzig was a real disappointment for United and posed questions of Solskjaer’s ability to direct his team in the biggest of games. The same can be said for any of their semi-final defeats under him, or the Uefa Europa League final defeat.

This fixture was far less high-profile across the course of the season, but the way the team succumbed to Young Boys – far from Europe’s finest – and gave up any measure of control of the match after the red card was impossible to ignore.

United’s boss made one sub immediately, another at the break and three more late on, none of which helped maintain possession, break up Young Boys’ build-up play or give the Red Devils a counter-attacking threat.

Would a simple red card see a Thomas Tuchel or Pep Guardiola team crumble in such a manner? Forget the late winner and the manner of it, the 35-90 minutes period should be the focus and United – Solskjaer – had no answer as to how to fix it.

Gary Lineker send message to Christiano Ronaldo.

Gary Lineker took to social media to salute Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal international netted the opener in Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat with Young Boys on Tuesday night.

The 36-year-old has taken no time at all to settle into life back at Old Trafford following his move from Juventus last month.

Ronaldo, who netted twice in the 4-1 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League at the weekend, slotted home the opener against Young Boys in the 13th minute in Switzerland.

Manchester United were reduced to 10 men when Aaron Wan-Bissaka was shown a straight red card in the 35th minute for a dangerous challenge on Christopher Martins Pereira.

Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu drew the home side level when he netted from close range in the 66th minute.

And Jordan Siebatcheu scored the winner for the home side with virtually the last kick of the game after he latched onto a sloppy back-pass from substitute Jesse Lingard.

England and Tottenham legend Lineker took to social media to react following Ronaldo’s opener against Young Boys before they netted their two goals.

Posting after Ronaldo’s goal in the first half, Lineker wrote on Twitter: “What took him so long? @Cristiano takes 13 minutes to score on his Champions League return for @ManUtd.”

Manchester United will return to Premier League action with a trip to West Ham United on Sunday.


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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