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Charlie Nicholas reveals biggest transfer mistake and regrets at Man United

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Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has claimed that claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Man United is a big mistake and there are lots of regrets surrounding it.

According to him, the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have suffered from Ronaldo’s return.

Nicholas added that both sides of the deal are regretting the move, with Ronaldo shocked by United’s decline and United suffering from short-term thinking.

‘Cristiano Ronaldo coming back to Manchester United hasn’t had an influence on either Mason Greenwood or Marcus Rashford’s development this season,’ Nicholas told MyBettingSites.

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‘Their respective seasons are entirely on themselves, they need to get themselves through the awkward points in their careers.

‘You [United] don’t look at someone who is Ronaldo’s age and sign them. It wasn’t a clever move for Manchester United and it wasn’t a clever move for Ronaldo himself either.

‘Has Cristiano been a success? Not really, but you can’t blame him for wanting to go back to one of the biggest clubs in the world. The Ronaldo signing shows that Manchester United’s board have no focus on where they want to be.

‘It isn’t Cristiano that’s disturbed Greenwood or Rashford’s quality.

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‘They don’t know what they are trying to be, and it isn’t the United that we are used to. Ronaldo wasn’t the right signing and it’s typical that Manchester United are getting all the decisions wrong at the top levels [of the boardroom].’

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Damning De Gea claim made as pundit speaks on replacement

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Alan Hutton has spoken down of David De Gea as he claims that one of the possible replacements of the Spanish goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez will replace him as first choice goalkeeper at Man United.

It is understood that the Red Devils are considering to part ways with De Gea and a number of players are being considered, including the Aston Villa star.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa right-back said a team wouldn’t spend £45million on a player for them to sit on the bench.

Hutton claimed that De Gea would be axed from the starting XI if Martinez completes a move.

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“It just depends how they see De Gea moving forward,” he told Football Insider.

“Is he the number one? Or are they looking to replace him? If you’re looking to pay £45m plus for a goalkeeper it’s for him to come in and play. You don’t spend that amount of money on someone to sit on the bench. I wouldn’t anyway if I was in charge of a football team.

“Martinez has done really well since he’s been at Aston Villa, he had a lot of time on the bench at Arsenal, he’s progressed from that. I wouldn’t like to see him leaving because this is the first time in a long time Aston Villa have had a goalkeeper that everybody totally trusts, you feel at ease when he’s in the goal. If it’s £45m he has to be number one.“

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United have perfected plans to stop Haaland, pundits makes the plans known

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Former Rangers and Scotland boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about where this weekend’s derby between Man United and Man City, says the Red Devils have perfected plans to stop Erling Haaland from scoring.

Haaland, 22, has so far delivered 14 goals in 10 Man City games this season with 11 of those coming in the Premier League and he looks unstoppable at the moment.

The former player turned pundit reveals how the Red Devils plans to stop him from scoring.

“The smart money is on Man City, I don’t think many people would disagree with me on that one,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Ben Wild.

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“They might be calling me Sherlock Holmes for predicting that but I do believe Man United have a plan to stop Haaland.

“Haaland, I’m sure, will try to win the ball high and in the wide areas and move towards Martinez, the smaller defender.

“Haaland will be right on top of him when the ball is on his side. So this is the test for Martinez, it’s a huge test for the Man United defenders, playing against Haaland.

“You can see in the way Man United are playing, they might just keep him quiet. For me, that would be one of the feats of the season.

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“I think everyone should totally respect the fact that Martinez was brought to Manchester United in the first place.”

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Paul Scholes blasts United over this one signing that fans have celebrated

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While fans hailed Manchester United for signing Casemiro from Real Madrid this summer, the club legend Paul Scholes thinks otherwise as he questions manager Erik ten Hag.

After missing out on Frankie de Jong, the Red Devils settled for the Real Madrid star as they were keen on a midfielder to save their season.

Casemiro joined the Red Devils for a fee of £60 million over the summer and penned a four year deal at the age of 30.

However, Paul Scholes laments that no one at the club is currently taking responsibility for signing players and that could make the club take wrong decisions.

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While discussing Man United’s summer business on the Overlap with Gary Neville, Scholes said, “Jadon Sancho was a young player who Manchester United spent a lot of money on, who was unproven in the league.

“I didn’t think it was a great transfer window.

“Nobody at the club is taking responsibility for it. This year, Casemiro was done over two days. I wonder if it was the manager’s signing. A lot of money, long contract.

“I think they need to put someone in charge of recruitment. Eventually, the manager will get blamed for it.”

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Harry Maguire given gets solution to bad form to save his career

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Gary Neville has given Harry Maguire what he thinks as the solution to his bad form so as you save his career.

According to the former player, the England international has to see a psychologist to help him recover his best form, because it was something that helped him during his career.

As a result of his errors, Maguire has been dropped from United’s team and he stands a risk of losing out of the World Cup if he doesn’t play regularly.

Neville says Maguire’s confidence appears to be at a seriously low ebb and asked him to seek psychological help.

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‘I’ve been there,’ said Neville. ‘Every player has. When I lost my confidence, I saw a psychologist to help me through those moments.

‘But there’s nothing you can do other than show up, try your best and not give in.

‘At some point, his form will return. I would suggest he does what I did. I did go and see my doctor at Manchester United. I did go and see a psychologist. You do need external help at times.’

Maguire started both England games over the international break, but will be unfit to play at least the next three Manchester United fixtures

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Ex-United star reveals the most talented youngster that wasted his potential at Old Trafford

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Former Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has named Ravel Morrison has one of Man United most talented player when he was young but he wasted his talent and never fulfilled his potential.

Macheda was part of a group of talented youth team at the time, playing with the likes of Paul Pogba, striker Danny Welbeck, and Ravel Morrison.

In an interview with Rio Ferdinand’s FIVE YouTube channel, Macheda was asked which player from his age group he expected to have a bigger career than actually materialised, instantly replying: ‘I would say Ravel Morrison. He was a great, crazy talent.

‘This guy was crazy man. He would come up in the first team and start to dribble [past] everybody, and everybody was shocked.

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‘When you watched him play you expected him to be the next [big] thing, you know, because he had everything.

‘The Man United team then was crazy players, so to come up to the first team and do the things he was doing was just crazy.’

Ferdinand confirmed this when he said, ‘I told you guys. You don’t understand how good this kid was!

‘He blew your mind. It is mad, everyone talks about [him] but it’s almost like you needed to be there to really see and understand what he was doing – and not only in the reserves.

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‘Sometimes if you’re coming back from injury or something like that you’d go and train with the reserves, he would do even more stupid stuff with the reserves. He’d play centre-back sometimes in training!’

Macheda replied: ‘Yeah he would just go and get the ball everywhere and start to do crazy things.’

He added: ‘I could see the talent of a few of them, especially Paul and Danny. I love Danny Welbeck, I loved to watch him, the style he had for me was amazing.

‘I was playing alongside him from the Under-18s and I could see he had something special. Also, others were very good, Robbie Brady, Danny Drinkwater.

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Carragher fears this United player’s career is over, too late to save

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Jamie Carragher has expressed fears that Harry Maguire’s Man United career is over and now ‘too late’ to be saved.

The 29-year-old made costly errors for England in their Nations League draw with Germany on Monday night which recalls his mistakes for United at the club sides.

He has been dropped by manager Erik ten Hag with no chance of him being favoured for selection ahead of Lisandro Martinez.

Liverpool legend Carragher feels it is all over for Maguire at United.

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‘My question to Maguire is this: do you have that same fury in you?’ Carragher told The Telegraph.

‘Too often, it looks as if the weight of the world is on his shoulders, like he is a startled bunny more than the authoritative centre-back he was.

‘I think it is too late at club level. I wrote last year he was fighting for his Manchester United career.

‘He needs this to be his final season at Old Trafford and start afresh. Now it is England’s problem.

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‘When I watched Maguire in the last two games, I felt sorry for him. But that is not a good look for any sports person.

‘Sympathy will not get him back where he was two years ago. It is understandable Gareth Southgate stood by him for the Italy and Germany games.

‘I agreed with that decision. He needed to have a close look at him and see if he could get him up to speed having played so little for United.

‘It is also a reflection of England’s limited options. There is a shortage of quality England centre-backs [so] Southgate is desperate for Maguire to come good again.

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‘Until the summer of 2021, Maguire played more football for club and country over the previous year than any other player in the world – proof of how important he had become for Manchester United and England.

‘His dip began shortly after. It should have lasted a few games, not still be a talking point 14 months on.

‘Criticism of his performance against Germany is valid and justified and Southgate must assess if Maguire is mentally right for a World Cup.’

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Legend tells Rashford the secret to firing goals for United

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Former Manchester United forward Andy Cole has told Marcus Rashford to continue to play to his strengths, which he believes has been behind his improving form this season.

Rashford struggled last season, scoring just four Premier League goals, his worst return since first breaking into the United team back in 2016.

Cole says for him to stay scoring again, he has to return to his style of running in behind defences and stretching teams with his pace.

‘He’s got the confidence back, scoring goals. I think he’ll be really happy with that,’ Cole told ManUtd.com.

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‘If he can propel Manchester United forward this season, gets us into – I’m not sure what position we are going to end up in exactly, but if we can finish in the top four, it’ll be good.

‘It’s the first time we’ve seen Marcus run in behind and stretch teams since he first got into the first team. I think he went away from his strengths, which was stretching teams.

‘If you look at how he’s playing now to when he first got into the team, people will turn around and say, “that’s the Marcus Rashford of old.” If he sticks to that, he’ll score goals.’

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United set to be dealt transfer blow, told why interesting 19yo will pick Madrid instead

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David James has told Man United that they could be set to suffer transfer blow in the chase of Jude Bellingham as the 19-year-old is tipped to pick Madrid over all suitors including Man City and Liverpool.

The Red Devils are keen on the youngster who is tipped to be one of the brightest youngsters in the world but James disagrees with the fact that they are favourites to land him.

Bellingham, who joined Dortmund from boyhood club Birmingham City in 2020 and has scored 13 goals in 100 games for the Bundesliga side, is highly valued in Germany.

The fact that he was named VDV Bundesliga Newcomer of the Season for 2020-21 and was included in the VDV Bundesliga Team of the Season for 2021-22 makes him attracted to a number of top European clubs.

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James, speaking to GGRecon, says Real Madrid will eventually sign the Stourbridge-born teenager.

‘I believe he warrants that price tag,’ James said. ‘He’s 19 years old, he’s played over 100 games and has 16 International caps. I think he’s mustard.

‘Having met him and spoken to him, and also taking into account that I know people who work with him, he’s the most grounded 19-year-old in football.

‘He’s a highly, highly, talented footballer that understands the game so well. What more do you want from a midfielder?

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‘£130 million isn’t a ridiculous price tag at all. He went to Germany during covid, which was a very difficult time, and he’s embraced it.

‘It’s proven to be the right move because his game has improved.

‘I think if Real Madrid came calling, as much as I’d love to see him in the Premier League, I’m sure that would be a move that he’d greatly accept.

‘I’m sure Dortmund will be upset that they’ve lost three of their best players in a two-year period. The world’s Jude Bellingham’s oyster.’

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