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7th November 2022

MANCHESTER UNITED failed to close the gap on those prestigious top four spots after being humiliated by Aston Villa 3-1.

Cristiano Ronaldo – who fluffed his lines in front of goal has reportedly been told he can leave in the January transfer window.

And the United could replace the Portuguese icon with PSV talisman Cody Gakpo but the Dutch giants have revealed that numerous clubs including the Red Devils failed to match his valuation in the summer.

And stay tuned for all of the Europa League draw updates as Manchester United learn their fate.

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  • Tony Robertson

    Keane to go?

    Former Man Utd star Michael Keane could be set to leave Everton in January.

    Keane has been out of favour at Goodison Park since the arrivals of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski.

    However, the 29-year-old has opened the door to a January exit after securing an Irish passport according to the Mail.

  • Tony Robertson

    Fourth choice Ronnie

    Erik ten Hag has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo was his FOURTH CHOICE for the captain's armband against Aston Villa.

    The 37-year-old forward was handed the armband as the Red Devils slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Villa Park on Sunday.

    Eyebrows were raised that he was given the nod to lead out the side after his recent row with Ten Hag following his walkout against Tottenham and failing to secure a heavily pushed-for summer exit.

    However, Ten Hag explained: “Harry Maguire is on the bench, our captain of the club.

    “Then it is about David de Gea who is a leader but is a goalie and is far away from the outfield.

    “Then Casemiro is the leader but he is not speaking perfect English so then Cristiano is the leader.”

    Usual deputy Bruno Fernandes was unavailable due to suspension.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING UTD FANS

    Lucas Digne’s brilliant free kick could have been stopped if Man Utd’s wasn’t as far back.

    At least that’s the view of Dutch tactician Erik ten Hag, who has blamed his players for retreating too far before Aston Villa scored.

    Ten Hag declared: “I think the free-kick [from Lucas Digne] is stoppable because the wall is too far [over].

    “Okay, these small details, but small details make a difference in top football.

    “The details are everything to us because we were not fresh.

    “When you start the game, you always have the attitude and I think that was one of our best standards, as we were really on the front foot and ready to play in all the games to now. Today, we were not.”

    Angel Gomes has confessed he would love to return to Old Trafford one day.

    The midfielder was released in 2020, after failing to agree a new contract with United.

    He has recently blossomed at Lille, but believes he has unfinished business in England.

    “It was a very difficult decision,” Gomes told French outlet L’Equipe when asked about his United exit.

    “In my heart, I wanted to leave, in my head I was thinking of staying. But I had to follow my heart. I felt that I needed to take another step in my career.

    “I felt that, had I stayed, there wouldn’t be a lot of opportunities for me. Luis Campos [Lille’s then sporting director] and Lille spoke about their project and I believed in it even more, that’s what convinced me to move – the faith Lille had in me.

    “Do I imagine myself coming back one day? Obviously, it’s home. I would love to come back. But you never know in football. I just have to keep my feet on the ground, and keep playing, making the most of it. I can’t predict what will happen in the future.”

    PSV director Marcel Brands has sensationally revealed that numerous clubs, including Manchester United and Leeds, failed to table an appropriate bid for Cody Gakpo during the summer transfer window.

    Gakpo, 23, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford for months.

    The Red Devils explored the possibility of signing him as an alternative to top target Antony when a deal appeared unlikely, but they eventually signed the winger for a huge £85.5million fee ahead of deadline day.

    As a result, United’s interest in Gakpo cooled, but Eric ten Hag is now claimed to be considering a swoop ahead of the January window.

  • Jon Boon

    Gomes would love to return

    Angel Gomes has confessed he would love to return to Old Trafford one day.

    The midfielder was released in 2020, after failing to agree a new contract with United.

    He has recently blossomed at Lille, but believes he has unfinished business in England.

    "It was a very difficult decision," Gomes told French outlet L'Equipe when asked about his United exit.

    "In my heart, I wanted to leave, in my head I was thinking of staying. But I had to follow my heart. I felt that I needed to take another step in my career.

    "I felt that, had I stayed, there wouldn’t be a lot of opportunities for me. Luis Campos [Lille's then sporting director] and Lille spoke about their project and I believed in it even more, that’s what convinced me to move – the faith Lille had in me.

    "Do I imagine myself coming back one day? Obviously, it’s home. I would love to come back. But you never know in football. I just have to keep my feet on the ground, and keep playing, making the most of it. I can’t predict what will happen in the future."

  • Jon Boon

    Ten Hag blames wall for goal

    Lucas Digne's brilliant free kick could have been stopped if Man Utd's wasn't as far back.

    At least that's the view of Dutch tactician Erik ten Hag, who has blamed his players for retreating too far before Aston Villa scored.

    Ten Hag declared: "I think the free-kick [from Lucas Digne] is stoppable because the wall is too far [over].

    "Okay, these small details, but small details make a difference in top football.

    "The details are everything to us because we were not fresh.

    "When you start the game, you always have the attitude and I think that was one of our best standards, as we were really on the front foot and ready to play in all the games to now. Today, we were not."

  • Jon Boon

    Beckham's loyalty tested

    David Beckham has revealed he was forced to switch between wearing the kit of Manchester United and a Premier League rival.

    Beckham, 47, explained that due to the differing football allegiances in his family he needed to change what kit he wore in the morning and afternoon.

    Speaking on Man Utd's official website in a short film about the No7 shirt – which also starred other United greats – Beckham said: "It's always a special feeling seeing the United shirt.

    "I always used to get a Man Utd shirt from my mum and dad… and then I used to get a Tottenham shirt from my grandad.

    "But the United shirt was the one that I wore in the morning and then I had to wear the Tottenham kit in the afternoon."

  • Jon Boon

    Gakpo bid failed

    PSV director Marcel Brands has sensationally revealed that numerous clubs, including Manchester United and Leeds, failed to table an appropriate bid for Cody Gakpo during the summer transfer window.

    Gakpo, 23, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford for months.

    The Red Devils explored the possibility of signing him as an alternative to top target Antony when a deal appeared unlikely, but they eventually signed the winger for a huge £85.5million fee ahead of deadline day.

    As a result, United's interest in Gakpo cooled, but Eric ten Hag is now claimed to be considering a swoop ahead of the January window.

    A number of other clubs including Leeds, Southampton, West Ham, Everton and Real Madrid have also expressed an interest in the Dutchman.

    However, Brands is confident that Gakpo will remain in Eindhoven.

  • Jon Boon

    Meet the Ronaldos

    Georgina Rodriguez has expressed her love for her family and Cristiano Ronaldo in a cute social media post.

    The Spaniard shared photos from Halloween of her children dressed up as their favourite characters.

    Georgina has two children with Ronaldo and is step-mum to Cristiano Jr, 12, who is part of the Manchester United academy.

    The pair also have twins born to a surrogate mother in 2017 named Eva and Mateo, both five.

    They dressed up as Batman and Superman respectively and were joined by their 'witch' younger sister Alana Martina, four.

  • Jon Boon

    Ronaldo for WWE

    Man Utd forward Cristiano Ronaldo got caught in a 'wrestling match' with Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings at Villa Park this afternoon, sparking a huge melee.

    The Portugal skipper, 37, came to blows with Mings while United were on the attack.

    He attempted to hold off the England defender in a bid to create some space, but the pair became tangled in the process.

    Ronaldo eventually wrestled Mings to the ground, sparking outrage from the Villa players who were quick to swarm him.

    Following a VAR check for violent conduct, both players were shown a yellow card by referee Anthony Taylor.

  • Jon Boon

    Ten Hag laments performance

    Erik ten Hag has lamented his team's performance, as Man Utd were beaten 3-1 by Aston Villa.

    The Dutch tactician was particularly annoyed by his team's passing and how they were set -up.

    "After a long time this has happened, I said it was up to us.

    "We didn't keep the ball, we didn't get the right organisation, didn't follow the rules and lost battles."

  • Kiro Evans

    Thinking to Do

    It was all going so well for Manchester United who were nine unbeaten in all competitions since their defeat to Manchester City.

    They also had not conceded any goals in open play since Alex Iwobi opened the scoring at Goodison Park on October 9.

    But today at Villa Park things fell apart and Erik ten Hag will be wondering what exactly happened to his stars.

    While there injuries in the squad, United's performance was shocking and will leave fans scratching their heads.

    Follow full-time reaction of United's 3-1 loss at Villa Park here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Game Over?

    The second-half has begun in a similar vein as the first with Villa scoring a goal very early on.

    It's now 3-1 and miserable Manchester United have their work cut out if they are going to get anything out of this game. They are looking poor all over the park.

    Jacob Ramsey has got the goal that restablishes Villa's two goal advantage. Follow full coverage of the second-half here

  • Kiro Evans

    Game On

    Luke Shaw's hugely-deflected goal has dragged Manchester United back into the game against Aston Villa.

    The Red Devils fell 2-0 down in the first 10 minutes in a horrendous start as Leon Bailey and Lucas Digne got on the scoresheet.

    But Shaw's goal right at the end of the half has changed the complexion of this game. 2-1 at half-time.

    You can follow live text commentary coverage of the second-half here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Not Happy

    Manchester United fans cannot quite believe how their side collapsed in the opening 10 minutes away at Aston Villa.

    The Red Devils remain two goals down and have offered little going forward so far.

    Read how United fans responded to their poor start here and follow all the action of the rest of the first-half here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Worst possible start for United

    Leon Bailey and Lucas Digne have both scored in the opening 10 minutes for Aston Villa, leaving Manchester United reeling.

    Digne has only just returned from injury but has made his impact felt with a stunning free-kick from the edge of the box to make it 2-0.

    It's a dream start for Unai Emery in his first game in charge of Villa.

    Follow kick-by-kick commentary as United try to get back into this game here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Captain Ron

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been named captain for Manchester United today.

    The forward, 37, has taken the armband from Bruno Fernandes, who has captained the squad for much of the season so far.

    Fernandes received his fifth yellow card of the season during last weekend's 1-0 win over West Ham, so he is facing a suspension.

    Squad captain Harry Maguire has been named on the bench, which is why Ronaldo has been given the armband.

    Just a few weeks ago, the Portugal star was AXED from United's first team for refusing to come off the bench during the club's 2-0 win over Tottenham.

    Follow full coverage of events from Villa Park here.

  • Kiro Evans

    One change for United

    Manchester United have made one change for the Aston Villa game, with Marcus Rashford in for Bruno Fernandes.

    Anthony Martial is fit enough only for the bench, with Jadon Sancho and Antony are still absent with injury.

    Alejandro Garnacho keeps his place after his midweek heroics and Donny van de Beek is also still in the starting XI despite his underwhelming Europa League performance.

    United starting line-up: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Shaw; Eriksen, Casemiro, Van de Beek; Rashford, Garnacho, Martial

  • Kiro Evans

    Kick-Off Approaching

    Manchester United are looking to make it five wins in six in all competitions against Aston Villa later.

    The highly-anticipated team news is set to be released in less than half-an hour, with question marks still hovering over the fitness of Antony, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial.

    Team news will be revealed in less than half an hour.

  • Kiro Evans

    Seeking Sesko

    Manchester United are considering striker Benjamin Sesko for when Cristiano Ronaldo departs, according to reports.

    Erik ten Hag is believed to be thinking about life after the legendary striker departs, leaving a space up front.

    The 19-year-old has already agreed to a move to RB Leipzig in 2023 from their sister club RB Salzburg but that has not stopped interest from clubs around Europe.

    But The Telegraph report it would take a significant bid to lure him away.

  • Kiro Evans

    History on their side

    Manchester United can feel confident ahead of their game against Aston Villa this afternoon.

    The Red Devils have only lost one of their last 21 games against the midlands side and will be hoping to keep that form up this season.

    While they gave away a two goal lead on their last trip to Villa Park in January, they won their three previous trips to the ground before that.

    United haven't actually lost away at Villa in the league since August 1995, a game which prompted Alan Hansen to utter the immortal phrase "you can't win anything with kids" on Match of the Day.

  • Kiro Evans

    Al's Late Show

    Alejandro Garnacho almost blew his Manchester United career after turning up late for team meetings on the club's pre-season tour.

    The 18-year-old got the Europa League winner against Real Sociedad in only his second start for the club on Thursday.

    And United skipper Bruno Fernandes revealed his tardy time-keeping in Bangkok and Australia that cost him tour appearances is now forgotten.

    Fernandes said: "He wasn't at his best at the beginning of the season.

    "On the tour he didn't have the best attitude that he should have – but now he's training better and getting his chances. He deserves his chances."

  • Kiro Evans

    Seeing Double

    Manchester United are getting a double-dose of Aston Villa this week.

    The two will go head-to-head in the Premier League this afternoon at Villa Park before playing in the Carabao Cup again a few days later, this time at Old Trafford.

    Harry Maguire reckons it will be a bit like playing a two-legged game.

    He told the club website: "It’s strange that it’s fallen like that. It’s a bit like you play two legs in a Europa League or a Champions League tie.

    "[But] I think we just take each game as it comes. We won’t be looking at the second one, we’ll be looking at the first one and just looking to get the three points. We try and get the three points and after that, we try and win the second game. 

    “After the first one, we’ll have more of an idea of how they play and where their strengths and weaknesses are, but for sure, we just have to look after ourselves.

    “We have enough talent in the squad of players we have now to go and win the football match and we’ve got to make sure that we perform 100 per cent.”

  • Kiro Evans

    It Will Be Tough

    Fred said he expects a difficult game at Villa Park today – and is more than aware about the skills the opposition manager.

    Unai Emery pulled off a shock when he took Villarreal to Europa League victory against Manchester United in the 2021 final.

    And the new boss takes a spot in the dugout for Aston Villa for the first time today.

    Fred is aware of how tricky this "must win" game could be.

    He told Manchester United's website: "They have time to train [with Emery] a little bit [before Sunday] and we need to expect a good team,” the Brazilian said in an exclusive interview with club media.

    “We know about this coach; we lost to him in the Europa League. He is a good coach, and we know they have a good team.

    “We expect a tough game, and we need to win this game.”

  • Kiro Evans

    Team Effort

    Erik ten Hag said it will be up to the entire team to replace Bruno Fernandes for today's match at Aston Villa.

    The midfielder is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card in his last game.

    But ten Hag insists it's up to the whole team to fill the void rather than one individual player.

    He told the club website: "Bruno is so important for us. In every match, he plays really good. I think also yesterday, he was playing from the right, he made an impact there as well.

    "You see, for instance, with the goal and also some other actions. As a no.10, he’s playing really good games and we have to replace him, that’s the squad.

    "Therefore, you need a squad, it's not about 11 players, you need a squad to win in a season and now we have to replace him and we will do."

  • Kiro Evans

    Aston Villa team news

    There are many unknowns for Manchester United ahead of this afternoon's trip to Villa Park.

    Erik ten Hag has admitted being unsure of the availability on the attacking trio of Antony, Jadon Sancho and Martial with all three assessed at Carrington over the weekend.

    They missed Thursday's game at Real Sociedad through but the manager will be keen to get them back today.

    One player who definitely will be missing is Bruno Fernandes after the midfielder picked up a fifth yellow against West Ham last week, triggering a one game suspension.

    Alejandro Garnacho will be pushing for a start after his goal in Spain while Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe and Raphael Varane are definitely out through injury.

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