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Man United icon Roy Keane explains why Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘angry’ in 3-2 Tottenham win



Manchester United icon Roy Keane believes Cristiano Ronaldo was “angry” during his side’s Premier League clash with Tottenham on Saturday.

And Keane has put it down to the fact the Portugal forward wants to play games and score goals. Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick in the game as the Red Devils ran out 3-2 winners.

United’s frontman grabbed the headlines last weekend after jetting back to Portugal while his team were being thumped 4-1 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The blockbuster star missed the game after injuring his hip but was slammed for his decision not to be at the ground to support his team-mates.

Ronaldo returned to the pitch on Saturday as the 13-time Premier League champions went in search of only their third top-flight victory since the turn of the year.

And he proved to be the star of the show as he became the highest ever scorer in the men’s game by taking his all-time goal tally to 807.

Ronaldo opened the scoring early on by thumping a rasping effort into the top corner from 30 yards.

And he notched his second moments after Harry Kane had equalised for Spurs as he turned in Jadon Sancho’s cross.

Harry Maguire’s own goal brought the scores level for a second time before Ronaldo stepped up to the plate yet again as he sealed victory with nine minutes to go courtesy of a thumping header.

The veteran was back to his best on Saturday as he proved just why the north west side brought him back to Old Trafford last summer.

And his former team-mate Keane says the player’s anger helped him produce the goods against Tottenham.

“Ronaldo stepped up to the plate,” Keane told Sky Sports after the match. “He looked angry today – a lot of aggression in his play today.

“Whatever’s gone on in the last week, he’s been upset with something but he showed today what we’ve seen over the years.

“The guy is a genius. He’s brilliant – the goals today were fantastic.

“He brings so much to this team. Why people think Ronaldo can’t play every week or he can’t bring value…

“He was angry today – he did not come back to Manchester United to sit on the bench.

“Today we saw him aggressive – angry Ronaldo who is upset because he’s one of the greatest to play the game and he wants to put the ball in the back of the net.

“We saw that today, that aggression and desire to score a goal, particularly with the winner. He wanted it more than anybody else and that’s why the guy deserves huge credit.

“It was good to see him upset and angry.”


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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