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Three things Ralf Rangnick got wrong and one he got right as Man United poor in Brighton win



Cristiano Ronaldo spared Ralf Rangnick’s blushes as he helped gloss over another another lacklustre performance as Manchester United edged to a 2-0 win over Brighton.

United had David de Gea to thank for thwarting Jakub Moder on the brink of half-time to ensure the hosts went in at the break level – although they were booed off by their own fans.

But Ronaldo struck just six minutes after the break before Adam Webster was given his marching orders shortly after to hand United control.

Bruno Fernandes added a second in the dying moments to make the game safe.

The win moves United up to fourth in the league and keeps their hopes of pinching a Champions League spot alive after disappointing results against Burnley and Southampton in the last week.

Three things he got wrong…

Passive gameplan

Brighton absolutely dominated proceedings in the first period at Old Trafford and should have been ahead by the break.

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But United made things all too easy for them.

United seemed quite content to sit off and give their visitors all the time in the world on the ball.

There was no tempo at all to United’s play and they showed too much respect to Brighton, who were given far too much space to play their game.

They absolutely battered United before the break – and they only have themselves to blame for not taking anything from the game.

United may have stole the points but Brighton looked like the only team on the pitch with a cohesive gameplan.

Lacklustre Fred

It was another disappointing night from Fred, who was tasked with leading United’s press.

But unfortunately for the Brazilian midfielder, he was completely erratic both on and off the ball against the Seagulls.

Brighton’s impressive, cohesive press only served to make Fred’s attempts look more and more ridiculous as the night went on.

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United failed to complete a single tackle in the first half, with the pairing of Fred and Scott McTominay left horribly exposed once again.

The 28-year-old’s night was summed up after the decision to replace him with Paul Pogba was cheered by United’s fans late in the day.

Leaving out Pogba

Pogba was one of the few United players to emerge from their recent clashes with Burnley and Southampton with any credit.

Rangnick is clearly being cautious with the Frenchman after his long spell on the sidelines, but United sorely missed Pogba on Tuesday night.

You could argue that the game against Brighton was United’s toughest on paper over the past week, which begs the question as to why Rangnick didn’t hold Pogba back against Burnley or Southampton.

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The 28-year-old divides opinion at times, but his influence was sorely missed against Brighton – who absolutely bossed the midfield battle all night.

And one thing he got right…

Keeping faith with Ronaldo

It would have been easy for Rangnick to axe Ronaldo given the veteran’s alarming run of form.

But the German innovator kept faith with United’s talisman – and he was rewarded with a top display.

Ronaldo was at the heart of everything positive about United’s play and he was in the right place at right time to give United the perfect start to the second half.

It’s now 15 goals for the season for Ronaldo – but his strike against the Seagulls was arguably his most important yet.

The onus will now be on Ronaldo to get back amongst the goals on a regular basis after finally ending his six-game drought.


Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar




Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante




Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report




Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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