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Man United drop major hint on Cristiano Ronaldo making debut vs Newcastle United

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Manchester United have dropped a major hint that Cristiano Ronaldo will make his second debut for the club against Newcastle this weekend.

The Portuguese megastar was pictured at Carrington with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer today, amid fears that he may have had to isolate after returning from international duty. 

One of the hallmarks of a dramatic summer transfer window was Ronaldo sealing a sensational return to the club where he made his name in a £12million move. 

Before linking up with his new team-mates, he first joined Portugal for international duty where he made as dramatic an impact as usual. 

In Wednesday’s match against the Republic of Ireland, the 36-year-old notched two late goals to both win the game and break the all-time international scoring record. 

It had previously been reported by The Sun that he could miss the tie against Newcastle, with a mandatory five-day quarantine following his return from Portugal. 

However, the picture posted to the club’s social media account showed Ronaldo and Solskjaer in deep conversation at United’s training ground. 

Previously, it was believed that his isolation period would only allow him one training session with the Red Devils before Saturday’s encounter with the Magpies. 

This update suggests otherwise, with plenty of time for the former Real Madrid and Juventus man to get up to speed before the weekend’s action. 

It will be an emotional day for the Old Trafford faithful, who bid farewell to their star back in 2009 when he joined Los Blancos in a then-world record move.

After a blockbuster summer of transfer activity, expectations will now be through the roof for the red half of Manchester, despite the fact a number of their Premier League rivals have also strengthened considerably. 

Jadon Sancho has already appeared in three games this season, Raphael Varane made his United debut against Wolves, while Ronaldo is the last of the bunch to take to the pitch for his new (old) side. 

Ronaldo’s availability could come as ominous news for the likes of Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood, however, who have both made solid starts to the season and may find it tricky to keep their respective places in the side. 

Solskjaer and co. will undoubtedly be pleased at the start they have made, with a 5-1 thrashing of Leeds United getting the ball rolling followed by a draw at Southampton and a tricky victory at Wolves. 

The performances in the latter two ties left much to be desired, although their ability to grind out results which put points on the board will be satisfying in itself.

Although the Portuguese is certainly towards the back end of his career, a goal-rampant stint at Juventus suggests he still has plenty to offer in the Premier League. 

Last season, he left Serie A in his dust with 29 league goals, five ahead of Romelu Lukaku who was awarded the division’s Player of the Year award. 

If he could get anywhere close to that in red, United fans could be in for a treat. Getting off to a scoring start on Saturday would be a fine way to set him on that path, as well as mark an emotional return to a club he left over a decade ago. 

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

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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

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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

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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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