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Man United boss Solskjaer told to copy Sir Alex Ferguson’s brutal approach with Ronaldo



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told to replicate Sir Alex Ferguson’s brutal approach when it comes to handling Cristiano Ronaldo. 

It comes after the Portuguese star received criticism for his actions on the sidelines against Swiss side Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Ronaldo got United off to a flying start when he opened the scoring after just 13 minutes to net his third goal in his first two games since making his return to Old Trafford.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was given his marching orders for a nasty tackle before half-time and it was all downhill from there for the Red Devils.

The home side levelled thanks to Nicolas Ngamaleu’s strike midway through the second-half, before Ronaldo was substituted with less than 20 minutes to go for Jesse Lingard – who had a night to forget.

Lingard’s horror backpass gifted the Swiss side the winner when Theoson Siebatcheu slotted past the helpless David de Gea in what proved to be the last kick of the game.

Throughout his time on the bench, Ronaldo could be seen barking orders from the touchline alongside manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

And Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Solskjaer needs to take on a tougher approach with Ronaldo, like former boss Sir Alex Ferguson did during his tenure.

“He has to know his place, and he needs to take his seat,” Keown said.

“I’m pretty certain Solskjaer will deal with that in the right way, he may even encourage it, but there’s only one manager.

“I don’t think under Sir Alex Ferguson it would’ve got this far, maybe he would have actually mentioned it to him some time sooner.”

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan agreed with the view that Solskjaer needs to show his authority during the same discussion on Friday.

“You can’t can’t imagine a Manchester United player behaving in that fashion in the technical area if Sir Alex was in situ,” said Jordan.

“This is what happens when you build Ronaldo up to the stage where people are suggesting he’s bigger than Manchester United – which I think is laughable.

“I’m not sure a player being in the technical area is needed, wanted, or part of a look. If looks are part of it, does it illustrate that Solskjaer is in command of the ship? I don’t think he is.

“I think he’s a manager that spends his time making sure players are happy rather than consequencing players when they need to be consequenced.”

The 36-year-old had reportedly been close to joining rivals Manchester City, but Ferguson was allegedly the key figure in convincing Ronaldo to return to United.

Keown did however, also discuss the positive impact that Ronaldo can bring to a team after his fantastic start to life at Old Trafford.

The forward was the star of the show on his debut in the 4-1 win against Newcastle last weekend, where he helped himself to two goals.

“I think you’ve got to look at all the positives that he brings, that dressing room has really just been energised and switched on,” Keown explained.

“This is a winner, a serial winner, what he brings to the football club, it must be a joy every day sharing the dressing room with him.”

Next up for United is a trip to the London Stadium to face West Ham 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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