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Thomas Tuchel has shown Ralf Rangnick how Man United can solve Cristiano Ronaldo proble



Manchester United endured a night to forget against Wolves on Monday and besides Phil Jones and maybe David de Gea, no one player could be content with their individual performance.

This includes Cristiano Ronaldo, who donned the captain’s armband on the night but it looked to weigh on him in a strangely subdued showing. Ineffective going forward and dropping far too deep to find touches, Ronaldo played on the periphery as Wolves dominated and failed to help United in the build-up as a result.

Despite this being one of Ronaldo’s worst games in a United shirt since he returned to Old Trafford, it seemed that Ralf Rangnick at no point had any intention of subbing the Portuguese forward.

His post-match comments about the substitution of Mason Greenwood proved particularly revealing, as he said: “The question was shall I take off Mason or shall I take off Edi [Cavani], that was the question.

“We decided to keep Edi as the more offensive, the more striker of the two on the pitch. I take off Mason, that was my call.

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“We could also have done it in a different way but it shows how highly how the fans like Mason as a homegrown player and, as I said, his effort and performance was not outstanding but at least he was one of the better players today.”

The decision to take off Greenwood was met by boos from the United fans inside a disillusioned Old Trafford because up until that point he had arguably been the team’s best player going forward and someone who was efficient in his use of the ball.

But Rangnick refused to mention the possibility of Ronaldo also being an option to come off for Bruno Fernandes despite his poor performance.

Ronaldo has scored a number of last-minute goals this season and has an unparalleled reputation when it comes to scoring clutch goals. The reward often outweighs the risk.

But over the last few matches, his performance levels have dipped and when he is not scoring the goals he’s renowned for, it quickly becomes a question of whether this is actually detrimental to United’s performance as a team.

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Reports of a dressing-room revolt will not help the interim boss but if he is intent on improving United’s collective, then difficult decisions will need to be made on individuals and who best suit the needs of the team against different opposition.

Whether it is for fitness or for form, it is telling that since the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only Michael Carrick has dropped Ronaldo, which could be sending the wrong message to the rest of the squad.

There should be no room for sentiment, even account for his standing and reputation if Rangnick is serious about removing some of the issues that continue to exist in this squad. Against a number of opponents, Ronaldo will be a selection that benefits United, but an uneasy admission that isn’t against every team is necessary here.

He should be treated as just another member of United’s squad and his performances should influence whether he is allowed to start.

Rangnick could do worse than to consider how Thomas Tuchel has managed the Romelu Lukaku circus at Chelsea in recent days. The controversial comments the Belgian made during an interview with Sky Sports in Italy led to him being left out of the squad against Liverpool last weekend and has ultimately resulted in a grovelling apology to supporters.

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The Ronaldo case does not draw exact parallels but is a classic case of how no one player can be considered bigger than the sum of the parts of a team and United risk this problem becoming a wider one with a continued undroppable status.

Lukaku also returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer with big expectations due to his price tag but Tuchel has never let that get in the way of his ambitions for the team, who are not exactly littered with superstars and whose Champions League win last season under the German was built on a strong team ethic.

Rangnick’s era may be defined on whether or not he can offer a similar hardline stance to any underperformers at United, regardless of their status.


Report: Arsenal now really Keen to sign ‘Astonishing’ attacker who scored more goals than Gabriel Jesus last season




According to But Football Club, Arsenal want to sign Bayer Leverkusen and France winger Moussa Diaby before the transfer window shuts.

The Gunners are looking for a new wide player. Raphinha was high on their wish list and Mikel Arteta tried really hard to bring him in. The Brazilian, however, joined Barcelona for £55 million (Sky Sports) instead, and Arsenal have now apparently turned their attention to Diaby.

Arsenal really keen to sign Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen

Diaby is one of the finest players in the Bundesliga.

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The 23-year-old France international scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions, which is a truly sensational return for a wide player.

His performances have caught the eye of a number of clubs, including Arteta’s Arsenal. The report claims that Diaby ‘strongly appeals’ to the Gunners boss, who is really keen to bring in a new winger before the window shuts.

The ‘astonishing‘ winger has come out and claimed that he wants to stay at Leverkusen this season, while the German outfit are keen to retain his services too.

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However, the report claims that if an offer in the region of £59.2 million arrives, they will let him go.

Arsenal don’t intend to pay that figure, but the report claims they will try to negotiate a deal for a lower fee.

Diaby still has three years left on his contract at Leverkusen.

Diaby really is a sensational player.

31 goal involvements in a single campaign for a 23-year-old wide player is a truly sensational return.

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Even Gabriel Jesus, who is viewed as the answer to Arsenal’s goalscoring woes, didn’t score as many goals as Frenchman last season.

Arsenal’s backup winger at the moment is Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian, on his day, is unplayable, but sadly for Arsenal supporters, those days have rarely ever occurred over the last three years.

Diaby would be a massive upgrade over Pepe, but whether Arsenal can lure him in remains to be seen.

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Report: Star ready to join Man United now wants £33.7million contract




The latest reports in the media are anything to go by and Adrien Rabiot’s mother-agent, Veronique, is proving to be a difficult negotiator.

Last night, we covered a story (via La Gazzetta Dello Sport) claiming that the French international has demanded a three-year deal worth £25.4million to move to Old Trafford.

This morning, as per Corriere dello Sport (news image provided below), the Red Devils have agreed a fee worth 17-18 million euros with Juventus but the dilemma is that the agreement with the player is still missing.

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Ten Hag contacted Rabiot to convince him to join Man Utd which is why the midfielder became willing to negotiate personal terms.

However, Veronique now wants a four-year contract worth 40 million euros (£33.7million) for his son and the negotiations have slowed down.

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Manchester United’s midfield department is in desperate need of reinforcements and Ten Hag may end up losing out on signing Frenkie de Jong to Chelsea.

The last big signing for the central midfield was done back in 2018 when Mourinho splashed the cash to lure Fred from Shakhtar. The Red Devils must act fast to strengthen things in the center of the park.

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Rabiot is neither as creative as Pogba nor as versatile as De Jong. However, he has experience of winning big titles with PSG and Juventus and even with France. So, in all fairness, he would be an upgrade to McFred.

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Man United pushing for Pogba replacement in more ways than one




Manchester United may be about to take on another troublesome Frenchman, having just gotten rid of one.

The departures of Paul Pogba and others this summer have left new manager Erik ten Hag with a bare cupboard in terms of midfield options.

United have turned to Juventus outcast Adrien Rabiot, who is available for £15 million, after failing to secure Frenkie de Jong, the Ten Hag’s top transfer target, from Barcelona.

Rabiot, 27, isn’t particularly popular at Juventus and hasn’t replicated the form that established his reputation during the seven years he spent at PSG before that.

But it isn’t just on-field sluggishness that has harmed the reputation of a player who was once regarded as France’s golden boy.

Off-field squabbles and indiscretions, not only by Rabiot but also by his formidable mother and agent Veronique, have earned him a reputation as a difficult customer in the game.

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However, Ten Hag and United are becoming increasingly desperate. Despite the club’s insistence that their interest in Rabiot was firm prior to Sunday’s season-opening loss to Brighton, the timing appears to be a reactionary move.

And Rabiot’s rap sheet contains numerous items that could cause United to live to regret their decision.

Rabiot was on the verge of breaking into the PSG senior squad after graduating from their academy in 2012.

Rabiot was supposed to travel to Qatar with the team for a mid-season tour, but his mother insisted on accompanying him.

Veronique, Rabiot’s uncompromising agent, enters the picture. After his father, Michel Provost, suffered a stroke in 2007 that left him with locked-in syndrome, she took over his career. Michel is paralysed but fully aware.

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Her insistence on accompanying the tour caused friction, and Rabiot was eventually loaned out to Toulouse.

Even stranger, she allegedly insisted on attending all of their training sessions while there.

Two years later, Rabiot was on the verge of leaving PSG after Laurent Blanc demoted him to the reserves.

Veronique was waiting for Blanc as he left PSG’s Camp des Loges training facility one evening.

‘You can’t treat him like that. ‘I’m not going to agree to that,’ Blanc was told, presumably forcefully.

PSG had no choice but to call in security, but the confrontation appeared to work.

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Rabiot’s contract with PSG was renewed – and on better terms – not long after he failed to secure a move to Roma.

France’s hopes of adding the European Championship to their World Cup glory last year ended when they lost on penalties to Switzerland in the last-16.

Afterwards, an extraordinary video emerged of Veronique confronting Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, after the PSG striker missed the decisive spot-kick.

It is thought she said: ‘It is embarrassing how he struck that, for a player of his level. He hit it too lightly, I hope you are going to scold him.’

Apparently during an earlier discussion, Veronique told Wilfried his son was ‘arrogant’, has a ‘big head’ and gets ‘too much protection from the press.’

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