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What Cristiano Ronaldo told Man United team-mates about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer future



Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly the key player holding the dressing room together amid intense pressure following a 5-0 thrashing at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

Serious questions are being asked about the Red Devils after a woeful performance at Old Trafford, although boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks as though he will be given an opportunity to turn things around. 

Following Ronaldo’s late heroics to seal a 3-2 comeback victory over Atalanta last week, Sunday’s humiliation was a stark contrast.

The Portuguese looked to have salvaged a shred of dignity in the second half when his neat finish pulled a goal back, although it was soon chalked off for offside. 

That compounded a truly miserable afternoon for the Red Devils in which Paul Pogba received a red card and the Old Trafford crowd voiced their anger at the display. 

Still, Solskjaer remained defiant after the game and Ronaldo reportedly followed suit, rallying the troops in the dressing room. 

According to the Manchester Evening News, the 36-year-old advised his team-mates to keep pushing hard under Solskjaer, regardless of what they thought about his tactics. 

Indeed, ESPN reported this week that the dressing room was becoming divided with regard to the Norwegian’s team selection and approach to games. 

His pressing tactics against Liverpool backfired horribly as the Reds sliced them open at will. 

Former team-mate Gary Neville was critical of that aspect of United’s performance in particular, and Solskjaer will have to find a winning recipe quickly to avoid further sack speculation.

“They’ve lost everything today – discipline, organisation,” he told Sky Sports

“But what stands out in my mind is their organisation around the press. Finding the trigger, not getting there half-hearted.

“[Manchester] City can press, Liverpool can press. Manchester United are kidding themselves today that they are a pressing team. They are all over the place.

“The manager and his coaching staff have to take the blame for the pressing game today.”

Ronaldo’s instruction to push hard until a change of manager is announced could be telling, with a number of high-profile suitors linked with the job this week. 

Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane are two front-runners, while cracks beginning to show between Mauricio Pochettino and PSG have introduced the Argentine to the equation too. 

With others eyeing up his job, Solskjaer must pull a performance out of somewhere against tough opposition in the coming two weeks. 

Having the belief and hard work of the players would be a huge help in that regard, although it remains to be seen whether Ronaldo’s rallying cry has any effect. 


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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