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8th March 2022

CRISTIANO RONALDO’S Man Utd future is in serious doubt after missing Sunday’s derby, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

Boss Ralf Rangnick initially based his decision to leave the Portugal star on the bench due to the 37-year-old suffering a hip flexor injury.

However, a fuming Ronaldo decided to fly back to his homeland where he believes that warm weather training will aid his hip issues.

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford is reported to be considering his options after starting from the bench at the Etihad.

The Red Devils forward has struggled to break into the starting XI under Rangnick and made minimal impact from during the weekend's 4-1 defeat.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    Morning Man Utd fans

    Gary Neville still believes Manchester United will finish fourth in the Prem this season – but says they must beat Tottenham next week.

    Arsenal are above the Red Devils in that fourth spot and have three games in hand.

    Those fixtures are tough, though, as they are at home to title-chasing Liverpool, away to Champions League champs Chelsea, and away to bitter rivals Spurs.

    Sky Sports pundit and Red Devils legend Neville said: "I still think United could do it (get fourth place). I don't trust Arsenal fully.

    "Manchester United have still got to go to Arsenal, there's a long way to go. United have got to beat Tottenham next week."

    Elsewhere in the Sky Sports studio, Micah Richards has hit back at claims he was disrespectful to Roy Keane while they were on punditry duty.

    Former Manchester City star Richards stifled a giggle after Manchester United legend Keane let rip at Red Devils players after Sunday’s derby defeat to City.

    Some believed Richards’ laughter at Keane’s expense verged on disrespectful.

    But the former England defender tweeted: “It’s really not that deep. We all have respect for each other!”.

    And Newcastle and Spurs are apparently leading the chase to sign 'unhappy' United star Marcus Rashford.

    Bookies Betfair have made the Prem duo favourites to land the 24-year-old England striker.

    The Guardian claim Rashford is 'growing unhappy' with a lack of first-team action under United's interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

    And United teenager Alejandro Garnacho has been given a shock call-up by Argentina.

    The winger, 17, will join Lionel Messi & Co for matches against Venezuela and Ecuador.

    Garnacho was born in Madrid and has represented Spain at youth level but is set to pledge his allegiance to the South Americans at senior level.

  • James Orr

    Exclusive – Ronaldo future in doubt

    By Neil Custis

    Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United future is in serious doubt after missing Sunday’s derby.

    And a frustrated Marcus Rashford is now open to a move away from Old Trafford for the first time in his career.

    Ron was fuming after being told on Friday that he was axed from the starting line-up to face Manchester City.

    His team-mates were then shocked when he did not turn up for Saturday’s club meal — with his absence from the matchday squad blamed on a hip problem.

    Instead, the striker, 37, is understood to have flown home to Portugal.

    And on Monday night neither the club nor his representatives could confirm where he was or whether he would be at Tuesday's training session.

    The players were given a day off on Monday and are expected back at Carrington on Tuesday.

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    Sheringham slams United hierarchy

    Teddy Sheringham has blasted the 'leadership' at Manchester Untied.

    The Red Devils legend, who won the Champions League with them in 1999, laid into his former club side and their interim boss Ralf Rangnick on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.

    He said: "When you're playing for a manager that some people are thinking 'he won't be here at the end of the season I don't have to try my hardest, he'll be gone, I'll work for the next manager'.

    "There's vibes like that you can see all over the pitch. Players are getting left out, is he injured, is he not?

    "There are just problems at the club and that comes from the leadership in the football club."

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    Neville backs United for fourth

    Gary Neville still believes Manchester United will finish fourth in the Prem this season – but believes they must beat Tottenham next week.

    Arsenal are above the Red Devils in fourth and have three games in hand.

    Those fixtures are tough, though, as they are a home clash with title-chasing Liverpool, away to Champions League champs Chelsea, and a trip to bitter North London rivals Spurs.

    Sky Sports pundit Neville said: "I still think United could do it (get fourth place). I don't trust Arsenal fully.

    "Manchester United have still got to go to Arsenal, there's a long way to go. United have got to beat Tottenham next week."

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    United scouts at Porto game

    Manchester United were reportedly one of six clubs to send scouts to watch Porto's clash against Pacos de Ferreira on Sunday.

    Portuguese newspaper O Bola claim there was plenty of experts eyes in the stands to watch the Primeira Liga leaders in action.

    Porto won 4-2 and their 22-year-old midfielder Vitinha produced a man-of-the-match display.

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    Best combined Arsenal-United XI

    With the two Prem giants battling it out for a Champions League spot, SunSport has put together its best suggested combined Arsenal and Manchester United XI.

    In defence we have gone for United’s David De Gea in goal with his team-mate Raphael Varane in central defence alongside Gunner Gabriel.

    Arsenal duo Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu are the full-backs.

    And it is a couple of Gunners – Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard – holding – in our midfield.

    The width is provided by Arsenal duo Emile Smith Rowe and in-form Bukayo Saka, with United’s string-puller Bruno Fernandes in behind United legend Ronaldo up front.

    A combined Man Utd and Arsenal XI
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    Richards defends his Keane laughter

    Micah Richards has hit back at claims he was disrespectful to Roy Keane in the Sky Sports studio while they were on punditry duty.

    Former Manchester City star Richards stifled a giggle after Manchester United legend Keane let rip at Red Devils players for a poor display in Sunday's derby.

    Some viewers believed Richards' laughter at Keane's expense verged on disrespectful.

    But the former England defender tweeted: "It’s really not that deep. We all have respect for each other!".

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    Teen Garnacho's Argentina call-up

    Manchester United teenager Alejandro Garnacho has been given a shock call-up by Argentina.

    The winger, 17, will join Lionel Messi & Co for matches against Venezuela and Ecuador.

    Garnacho was born in Madrid and has represented Spain at youth level but is set to pledge his allegiance to the South Americans at senior level.

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    Toon tip for Rashford

    Newcastle and Spurs are leading the chase to sign 'unhappy' Manchester United star Marcus Rashford.

    Bookies Betfair have made the Prem duo favourites to land the 24-year-old England striker.

    The Guardian claim Rashford is 'growing unhappy' with a lack of first-team action under United's interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

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    Rio recalls Keane's United exit

    Rio Ferdinand says Sir Alex Ferguson was brutal in his infamous axing of Manchester United legend Roy Keane in 2005.

    The Irish midfielder's time at Old Trafford was brought to a sudden and uncompromising end by the great Scot after he criticised younger players on MUTV for what he felt were poor performances.

    Former Red Devils centre-half Ferdinand said: "The club didn't want [it] to go out, the manager thought it was disrespectful to the team.

    "The next day, he told the players that Roy Keane will never come back to Man Utd again."

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    Mass Man Utd player exodus?

    As many as SIXTEEN Manchester United players could be moving on with the club shaping up for a mass overhaul in the summer.

    A combination of deals expiring and stars being unsettled or unhappy with life at Old Trafford mean the Prem giants could be about to embark on a major squad rebuild for their impending new permanent boss.

    SunSport's Dylan Terry has carried out an analysis of those who could be heading for the exit door and here is who we think might be moving on for one reason or another:

    • Paul Pogba
    • Jesse Lingard
    • Juan Mata
    • Edinson Cavani
    • Cristiano Ronaldo
    • Mason Greenwood
    • Anthony Martial
    • Dean Henderson
    • Diogo Dalot
    • Aaron Wan-Bissaka
    • Donny van de Beek
    • Phil Jones
    • Brandon Williams
    • Andreas Pereira
    • Facundo Pellistri
    • Tahith Chong

    Frank O'Farrell dies at 94

    Former Manchester United manager Frank O'Farrell has died at the age of 94.

    The Irishman was in charge at Old Trafford for 18 months between 1971 and 1972, replacing the legendary Sir Matt Busby.

    His reign with the Red Devils began well, but ended abruptly in December 1972 following a 5-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

    He spent his playing career predominantly with West Ham and Preston before moving into management.

    Disgruntled Devils: A squad disunited

    The fallout after the weekend's disastrous derby defeat continues with more stories of dressing room unrest at Old Trafford.

    The Manchester Evening News report on a number of issues among a fractured squad that has grown even further part by recent team selections.

    Cristiano Ronaldo's strop and Marcus Rashford's unhappiness have already been discussed, but now come rumours of other players feeling aggrieved.

    Eric Bailly and Diogo Dalot are said to be confused by their omission from the first team with the former unimpressed by Harry Maguire's recent showings.

    Meanwhile, Dean Henderson is expected to leave the club in the summer after failing to take over from David de Gea as United's first choice goalkeeper.

    Finally, it is suggested that one unnamed player has been referring to a teammate as Ralf Rangnick's 'teacher's pet' while the mocking of the interim boss' managerial career has become commonplace.

    Mata nearing return to Spain

    Juan Mata is likely to return to Spain when his Manchester United contract expires at the end of this season.

    The 33-year-old has spent eight years at Old Trafford since arriving from Chelsea in 2014, but has barely figured for the Red Devils this season despite maintaining high fitness levels.

    None of Mata's four appearances this term have occured in the Premier League for which he has been an unused substitute on 19 occasions.

    The Athletic's Dermot Corrigan reports that a number of La Liga clubs have already contacted Mata, although adds that the cultured playmaker may yet be tempted by football in another country.

    Rangnick responds to Ronaldo claims

    Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has dismissed suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo refused to take part in yesterday's derby after being told he would not be starting.

    The rumour mill went into overdrive after it emerged Ronaldo was not in United's matchday squad with Roy Keane claiming on Sky Sports that something 'doesn't add up.'

    However, in his interview with the broadcaster ahead of kick-off, Rangnick put the record straight.

    "Cristiano had some problems with his hip flexor on Friday and, since then, he hasn't trained. I have to believe my medical department."

    Ronaldo's sister added fuel to the fire by liking an Instagram post that stated the player was not injured, and instead it was a line pushed by Rangnick to cover his decision to omit him if United were beaten.

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      Defenders endure derby day debacle

      There has been a lot of finger pointing within the Manchester United camp since yesterday's humbling at rivals Manchester City.

      Unsurprisingly, Harry Maguire has again found himself heavily criticised by pundits and supporters alike after reacting slowly to City's second goal before deflecting in their third.

      And his centre-back partner Victor Lindelof didn't fare much better on a torrid afternoon.

      In fact, the Swedish defender failed to win a single tackle, an aerial duel with an opponent, or make an interception in the entire 90 minutes at the Etihad Stadium.

    • Sam Dymond

      Disgruntled Rashford considering United future

      Marcus Rashford is contemplating a move away from Old Trafford when his current contract comes to an end next year.

      That's the understanding of transfers expert Fabrizio Romano, whose sources inform him that the forward is concerned about his current lack of game time.

      The 24-year-old has only started nine Premier League matches this season, and began yesterday's Manchester derby on the bench despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.

      Rashford may even push for a move this summer without further assurances over his role at the club to ensure he is Gareth Southgate's reckoning ahead of November's World Cup.

    • Sam Dymond

      Poch no longer clear favourite

      Mauricio Pochettino is no longer the clear favourite to take over as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, according to The Guardian.

      Pochettino has been considered United's number one choice for months, but it is now being reported that the Argentine has 'slipped from being the favoured candidate to being ranked alongside Ajax’s Erik ten Hag.'

      Last week, PSG's sporting director Leonardo insisted that Pochettino was happy in France, while Ten Hag was said to be taking English lessons in preparation of a move.

      However, the bookies still consider the former Tottenham boss as the most likely to take charge at Old Trafford with Betfair making Pochettino an even money shot, as opposed to Ten Hag at 9/4.

    • Sam Dymond

      United seal deal for Collyer

      During a torrid weekend for Manchester United, there was at least some positive news when it was revealed that the club had agreed a deal to sign exciting youngster Toby Collyer.

      The 18-year-old had been training with United for the past month following the end of his contract with Brighton, and is now believed to have put pen to paper at Old Trafford.

      According to The Mail, the defensive midfielder has agreed professional terms with United, having impressed as a trialist in a friendly against Huddersfield Town.

      Collyer, who has previously captained England at U17 and 18 level, had been targeted by other top clubs including Chelsea.

    • Sam Dymond

      Neville hits out at Woodward

      Gary Neville has continued the criticism of Manchester United and their recent regimes this morning in the aftermath of yesterday's derby defeat.

      Football supporters around the world were stunned during the second half when Sky Sports' statisticians shared a graphic that showed Manchester City had enjoyed 92% of possession during a 15-minute spell.

      Former United defender Neville still finds that revelation hard to believe, and shared an image of the information on Twitter early this morning.

      And in doing so, Neville took a swipe at recently-departed CEO Ed Woodward, citing 'ten years of mismanagement.'

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    • Sam Dymond

      Scott shock as 'sloppy' United

      Scott McTominay branded his Manchester United teammates 'sloppy' following Sunday's embarrassing 4-1 defeat at rivals Manchester City.

      Despite a decent start, United were swept away in the second half at the Etihad and spent long periods of the game without the ball.

      Speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle, the Scottish midfielder said: "Every time we gave the ball away, they were just keeping it for 15 or 20 passes and then we found it difficult to get the ball back.

      "In the first half, we created good angles, we moved the ball well and we had numerous chances.

      "The most disappointing thing for us is how sloppy we were in the second half, and that's been spoken about in the dressing room. When you come to a place like this, you know you're still in the game at 2-1, you can't give the ball away that easy.

      "It comes down to individuals, it comes down to concentration, it comes down to how we deal with the expectation of playing for Manchester United. We can't continue playing like that."

    • Jake Lambourne

      Morning Man Utd fans

      Man Utd’s ‘spiritless’ dressing room is close to breaking point, according to Gary Neville.

      The Red Devils fell to an embarrassing 4-1 defeat against bitter rivals Manchester City at the Etihad this afternoon.

      Neville, 47, witnessed it all from the commentary box – and was left horrified by what he saw.

      The United legend also has expressed doubts over Manchester United’s next managerial move, claiming targets Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag don’t have the ‘personality’ to cope with the pressure.

      The duo are the two current favourites to replace Ralf Rangnick this summer.

      Meanwhile, Roy Keane was scathing of United's performance against Man City.

      He said in the Sky Sports studio: “I forgive mistakes, but you’ve got to run back. There’s players, five or six players should never play for United again. Just shameful.

      “Shameful that you can’t run back and you can’t put your body on the line."

    • Jon Boon

      Ronaldo injury

      Cristiano Ronaldo complained of a hip injury and flew to Portugal — after being axed from Manchester United’s team for their derby defeat.

      The superstar was stunned to be told by boss Ralf Rangnick he would not be starting.

      Rangnick said he wanted fresh legs for the match and that he believed Ronaldo could make an impact from the bench.

      But the United legend insisted he could do that from the start and was furious at being axed.

      It is believed he hopes to help his injury with warm weather in his homeland.

      SunSport understands his team-mates were surprised he did not stay at the team hotel on Saturday night.

    • Jon Boon

      Neville calls United's dressing room 'spiritless'

      Man Utd's 'spiritless' dressing room is close to breaking point, according to Gary Neville.

      The Red Devils fell to an embarrassing 4-1 defeat against bitter rivals Manchester City at the Etihad this afternoon.

      Neville, 47, witnessed it all from the commentary box – and was left horrified by what he saw.

      The Sky Sports pundit blasted: "For that last 25 minutes, Man Utd were spiritless. They were walking around the pitch.

      "After the third goal went in, City had 92 per cent possession. That's unprecedented, that's unheard of and it's unforgivable – nowhere near good enough.

      "For the past two to three months, United have been plastering over the wounds, playing against sides that you don't have to be at your best to get a result.

      “The only two teams they've played from the top eight, City and Wolves, have done them – and there's a few tough games coming up.

      "The dressing room isn't broken, but it isn't far off. The evidence is there.

      “You find out what it's like when the going gets tough and a lot of them went missing."

    • Jon Boon

      Neville doubts Poch and ten Hag

      Gary Neville has expressed doubt over Manchester United’s next managerial move, claiming targets Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag don’t have the ‘personality’ to cope with the pressure.

      The duo are the two current favourites to replace Ralf Rangnick this summer.

      But Red Devils legend Neville reckons neither will be able to handle sitting in football’s hottest seat.

      Neville said: “If you look at Pochettino and Ten Hag who are the two that keep getting mentioned.

      “Pochettino we don’t even know if they can get from Paris Saint-Germain. Have they got the personality to come in to Manchester United? 

      “The scale of the club, the issues that exist there at this moment in time – are they able to have the personality and character and the strategic planning of how to manage up and down?

      “To influence up, to take over the planning of the training ground, to redevelop the stadium, all the stuff you think a great manager would do. 

      “I’m not sure Pochettino and ten Hag have got that in them.”

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