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Jamie Carragher explains why Man United fans should be concerned about Ralf Rangnick

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Manchester United supporters have cause for concern after Monday’s toothless performance against a leaky Newcastle United defence, according to Jamie Carragher.

The Red Devils had to settle for a point at St James’ Park as Edinson Cavani came off the bench in the second half to cancel out Allan Saint-Maximin’s early opener.

Alarmingly, Ralf Rangnick’s side managed just four shots on target compared to Newcastle’s eight and they were grateful for David de Gea’s brilliance in goal despite having 69 per cent of possession.

Rangnick has taken charge of four games since his appointment as interim manager in late November, but United have not scored more than once in any of those fixtures.

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That is despite the German having a star-studded squad at his disposal which includes the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.

Carragher believes this lack of attacking threat should worry the Old Trafford faithful and pointed out the Red Devils only scored one past a Norwich side which let in five goals against Arsenal on Boxing Day.

“The thing that would worry me as a Manchester United fan is the lack of chances they’re creating in games,” the former Liverpool and England defender told Sky Sports.

“You’ve also got to think of the opposition they’re playing again. This is a depleted Newcastle team who have conceded 11 in the last three games.

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“You look at Norwich who Manchester United never really created anything against, they’ve just conceded five against Arsenal. That would be the worry for me.”

Rangnick’s other games in the dugout were a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League and a 1-1 draw with Young Boys in the Champions League.

The former RB Leipzig boss has used his regular 4-2-2-2 system throughout the early stages of his Manchester United tenure, but Carragher suspects this is not playing to Ronaldo’s strengths.

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“You think of the role of Cristiano Ronaldo this season, the amount of times he’s saved Manchester United with big goals – he got the penalty at Norwich but he hasn’t really had many chances,” the 43-year-old added.

“If you’re not creating much for him…he’s a killer, deadly in the box, but if you’re not creating too much, he’s not that involved in the game.”

Ronaldo, 36, was visibly frustrated by his lack of service during the clash with the Magpies and gestured angrily at Rashford after the England international overhit a pass in the first half.

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante

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Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report

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Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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