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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned he could get sacked if he repeat decision over one Man United player again

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer is a ‘make or break’, says pundit Gary Neville.

Ronaldo completed his sensational return to Old Trafford on deadline day after originally leaving the club in 2009 in favour of a then world-record move to Real Madrid.

And the Portuguese star has already made an immediate impact, scoring twice on his debut against Newcastle, once against Young Boys, and another on Sunday against West Ham.

But signing Ronaldo will not come without its pressures, with United now expected to win a trophy this season after shelling out on several names in the summer, inlcuding on the likes of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho. 

Neville believes the decision could be the deciding factor in Solskjaer’s future at the club, while also explaining that the United manager won’t be worried about Ronaldo’s instructions from the sidelines.

“I don’t think Ole is the type [to be bothered about Ronaldo’s touchline instructions],” Neville told 5 Live Breakfast.

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“He’s dealt with Paul Pogba well over the last 12 months. He’s dealt with big personalities. He seems to have the right temperament for that.

“There is no doubt Ronaldo is a make or break signing for Ole because, with Ronaldo in the squad, he has to win. You can’t have any excuses. You bring one of the best players of all time into your club; with the [Jadon] Sancho signing and the Varane signing at centre-back, he has now got to deliver.

“He has not won a trophy yet with the club, and he knows now is the time to deliver.”

The news comes after Ronaldo received critiscism for his actions on the touchline against Swiss side Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday.

After being subbed for Jesse Lingard towards the end of the game, the 36-year-old could be seen barking orders from the sidelines alongside Solskjaer. 

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However, off the pitch, Solskjaer recently revealed that Ronaldo is already inspiring the club’s young players, including the likes of 19-year-old Mason Greenwood.

“Cristiano has come exactly as we hoped, he knows Man United, he’s been here before, same with Tom Heaton,” said Solskjaer. 

“The two of them know the culture, they know what we do, they’ve learnt it here, they’ve come back and they’ve given these young boys glimpses of what you can have in your career.

“They talk to them about their own previous experiences. How we do things here is within the walls and you have to experience it to be able to pass it on, with the career Cristiano has had of course Anthony, Mason, Marcus for that matter, Anthony Martial as well, still young players and they can learn off the best.

“They know the expectations and the circus and everything that happened before the Newcastle game, Cristiano handled it well and the other players handled it really well. It’s what we do. Good players come in and you learn from them but you still want to take their place.”

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Solskjaer’s quest for a trophy this season got off on the wrong footing on Wednesday when his side were dumped out of the EFL Cup at the hands of West Ham. 

Manuel Lanzini’s ninth minute strike proved to be the difference between the two sides as David Moyes got revenge on United for their 2-1 win against them on Sunday.

The Red Devils won the Premier League contest at the London Stadium thanks to a last minute winner from substitute Jesse Lingard. 

United will now turn their attention to preparing for the visit of Aston Villa to Old Trafford in the early kick-off on Saturday.

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Barcelona and Chelsea advancing with deal for veteran star, formal offer expected today

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In a major development, as reported by Toni Juanmarti, Chelsea are ready to present a formal offer for Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the next few hours.

The 33-year-old veteran has been on the radars of Chelsea in recent weeks as they desperately look for a new striker following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel worked with Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund in the past and is pushing for a reunion.

Barça were believed to have been reluctant to let go of the forward, especially with Memphis Depay already on his way out.

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However, their need to generate funds and free up space on the wage bill to successfully register players could see the club cash in on the ex-Arsenal skipper.

As per the report, talks between Chelsea and Barcelona are advancing and the Blues are now expected to table a formal offer imminently, with all parties involved keen on getting the deal over the line at the earliest possible.

The 33-year-old joined Barcelona only during the January window earlier this year, arriving as a free agent after Arsenal ripped up his contract. He quickly became a key player for Xavi Hernandez’s side, playing a part in their second-place finish in La Liga.

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However, Robert Lewandowski’s arrival this summer has seen Aubameyang drop down the pecking order to the second-choice No. 9 at Camp Nou.

Along with Chelsea, Manchester United have also shown an interest in the former Arsenal captain. However, Aubameyang is believed to have made it clear that if he leaves Barça, it would only be for Chelsea.

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With a formal offer from the Blues expected imminently, things could pick up pace in the coming hours, and Aubameyang could soon be on his way back to London.

Chelsea were believed to have made a bid for Aubameyang already, although Juanmarti clarifies that it was only a verbal offer.

Their first formal offer will now be tabled in the coming hours, which could see Aubameyang secure a swift return to England.

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Barcelona plan to offer €30 million for 24-year-old La Liga defender

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Even though we are just a few weeks away until the transfer window slams to a shut, Barcelona remain active in the market and are still looking for ways to strengthen their squad.

The Catalans have roped in a slew of top-quality stars in the month of July, including star striker Robert Lewandowski. Although they are yet to sign a player in August, Xavi has set his sights firmly on a few players.

One of those players in question is Juan Foyth. The Villarreal starlet has been identified as the ideal replacement for Sergino Dest as Barcelona look for a reliable right-back that can offer more quality than the American international.

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Indeed, Barça have been left frustrated by Dest’s lack of progress at Camp Nou. They are prepared to sanction the exit of the former Ajax starlet, with Manchester United among the clubs in contention to snap him up by the end of the month.

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While Dest’s exit from Camp Nou could soon be on the horizon, Barcelona are actively trying to lure Foyth away from Villarreal. The club are even weighing up an offer for the young Argentine, according to Gerard Romero.

The reputed Spanish journalist suggests Barça are considering a bid of around €30 million plus add-ons for Foyth, in an attempt to convince Villarreal this summer.

The Catalans are aware of the fact that the Yellow Submarines rate the defender highly due to his tremendous success in La Liga. In addition to his form, he offers a lot of versatility to the table and with time on his side, he could be a smart long-term investment for the club.

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However, it remains to be seen whether Villarreal are open to sanctioning the exit of one of their prized defensive assets, especially at this stage of the transfer market

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Man Utd ready to agree net £34million+ contract for signing, guarantee stability for decades – AS

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Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

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The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

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Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

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AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

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The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

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At Old Trafford, Ten Hag does not have a specialist holding midfield star and someone like Casemiro will largely improve the squad. However, the question is, should Man Utd spend £68million to sign a player who will turn 31 next year?

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