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Manchester United ready to let go of star player for just £2m

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Manchester United now seem willing to let go of shot-stopper, Sergio Romero, for a fee as cheap as £2 million in the January winter transfer window.

The Red Devils have been holding on to the Argentina international as he was denied the opportunity of leaving the club in the last summer transfer window.

Sergio Romero went down the pecking order fooling the return of Dean Henderson from his loan spell. He was relegated to becoming the third choice which prompted his desire to leave the club.

Efforts to leave after receiving offers from Everton failed and that reportedly angered the player with his wife blasting the Red Devils for not honouring the request of her husband to leave the club.

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The 33-year-old Argentina international has not been favoured for any minute since the beginning of the season which makes a temporal or permanent move in the January window necessary.

However, a cheap price tag of £2 million has been slammed on the Red Devils goalkeeper to be able to make a move possible. Any loan move will also attract full wages paid by the club.

The former Sampdoria midfielder is keen to leave the Premier League which makes a move from other European clubs, especially the Major League Soccer (MLS) possible.

While he was standing as the second-choice goalkeeper, Sergio Romero made it clear that it is not easy sitting on the bench when you know you can deliver great performances.

“It’s not easy. But I work every day for this chance to play, and then I am ready when it comes. In the last four years, I was in a difficult situation. I work every day for the chance, and if I have my chance, I try to do my best.

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“I work hard, and I am at the best club in the world. I said I wanted to play for United one day when I was younger, and now I worked to get my chance. When I got the chance to come to United, I knew I accepted that I would be playing a few games, but when you get the chance to wear this shirt, it’s a dream come true. It was never the intention to be second choice.”

However, Sergio Romero is now behind David De Gea and Dean Henderson in the Red Devils team but that might not happen for a longer period as the English goalkeeper is also not interested in being second choice to the Spanish shot-stopper.

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Pundit reveals why Maguire should not be blamed for errors, exposes those behind it

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Liverpool legend John Barnes has defended Harry Maguire over his calamity mistakes in the last games.

The England international has been under fire for the past days, especially after the game against Watford that led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sack.

But Liverpool hero Barnes insists Maguire should not be blamed but his teammates.

He added that the way United have been playing has left the defence exposed, suggesting United’s attacking players need to contribute more defensively.

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‘Harry Maguire is absolutely the right man to be Manchester United captain,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets .

‘He’s playing in a back four that aren’t being protected. If Liverpool’s front three didn’t work as hard off the ball, the back four would also struggle.

‘It’s not about any individual defender because Harry Maguire is a good defender, as are Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw.

‘But the problem is, they’re just being left to defend when the rest of the team doesn’t apart from Fred and Scott McTominay who also need more hard done work in front of them.

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‘So, I don’t criticise Maguire at all because he’s a good defender for Manchester United and England but the way the team is playing, he’s being left to defend on his own which he can’t do so I don’t blame him at all.’

Man United defence is a major area the incoming interim manager, Ralf Rangnick will have to work on as it has exposed the team to defeats in the last couple of weeks.

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Aaron Ramsdale: Is Cristiano Ronaldo already getting “threats” ahead of Arsenal clash?

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Man United will face Arsenal next week and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is already speaking ahead of the game.

The England international joined the Gunners at the summer and has proved to be a big influence on the team with his saves.

He already looks forward to the encounter against Man United, particularly, the prospect of facing Cristiano Ronaldo and how it would be handled.

Ramsdale speaks of having a ‘full-on battle’ against one of football’s all-time greats.

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‘I’d never thought I’d play against Ronaldo, but I really hope he’s on it against us because it gives me a chance to test myself,’ said Ramsdale at Amazon’s Black Friday Live event.

‘As much as you want to go somewhere like that [Old Trafford] there’s no better feeling than getting on top of someone and saying I’ve had a full-on battle with Ronaldo.’

Ramsdale has also praised the work of his manager Arteta, who has steered the Gunners back up the table after a poor start to the campaign.

‘I think because he’s come out the game fairly recently, he’s got the great management skills,’ added Ramsdale on the Spaniard.

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‘He’s very approachable and has worked with arguably one of the best coaches in the world.’

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Revealed: Man United players are not happy for this reason, you might guess

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Emerging report claims that Man United players are unhappy with the club over the recruitment of Ralf Rangnick and how it was handled.

The Red Devils have reportedly settled for the German boss after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last Sunday.

The Times, however, reports that some United players have been ‘annoyed’ at the way they have been kept in the dark over Rangnick’s appointment. They expected a level of communication in person or via the players’ WhatsApp group.

The report added that United’s squad are ‘intrigued’ by Rangnick’s arrival and the style of football he plans to implement at Old Trafford.

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Meanwhile, Carrick said a little when asked directly about Rangnick’s imminent arrival.

‘I think [the new manager] can get ideas across quickly, history shows that,’ said Carrick.

‘Sometimes it’s not just about ideas, it’s just a different voice, a freshness. There’s a lot of different styles and there’s a good group of players here.

‘Whoever comes in and whatever is implemented, I’m sure they can adapt. There’s some real good talent within the squad, I’m sure they’ll look forward to what’s ahead.’

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Howbeit, upon completion of paperworks Rangnick will take charge of Man United, beginning from Arsenal clash on December 2, to the end of the season.

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Another reason to believe Ralf Rangnick’s United move and would-be impact as Moscow chairman speaks

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Lokomotiv Moscow chairman Alexander Plutnik has confirmed Ralf Rangnick’s move to Manchester United by stating that the door is wide open for him.

United are understood to reach an agreement with Lokomotiv over a deal for Ragnick. He will be at the dugout for six months before taking up a consultancy role.

However, chairman of the Russian club insists they will be ‘fine’ if the 63-year-old departs.

‘Things are good,’ said Plutnik.

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‘We are now focused on the game [against Lazio]. We will think after the match. Everything will be fine.’

Meanwhile Speaking in an interview with ESPN last year, Rangnick described his style of football as ‘proactive’ and ‘entertaining’, hinting at what his impact would be at the club.

‘[Gegenpressing is] a very proactive style of football, similar to the way in which Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have been playing under Klopp,’ said the German.

‘We like to press high, with a very intense counter-pressure. When we have the ball, we do not like any square or back passes.

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‘The goalkeeper also should not be the one with the most contact on the ball. In almost every league and every country, the goalkeeper is technically the most limited football player on the pitch and therefore we have to make sure that he has the lowest contact with the feet.

‘It is a fast, proactive, attacking, counter-attacking, counter-pressing, exciting and entertaining [style of] football.’

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Carrick given very difficult Cristiano Ronaldo advice, would he yield?

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Michael Carrick has been told to drop Cristiano Ronaldo from his starting XI when he face Chelsea at the weekend, an advice that is difficult to adhere to.

This advice was given by John Barnes, who claimed that Ronaldo must shoulder some of the blame despite being an attacker because he doesn’t contribute to the team defensively.

” Manchester United need to prioritise the team, not the individual,” the Liverpool legend told BonusCodeBets . “If Ronaldo is scoring goals but the team are losing, he’s a part of that.

“You need players to run around when they’re not scoring. There’s no point scoring one and conceding two. That’s why the balance of the team should be important.

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“The way Ronaldo is playing in terms of his goal scoring is fantastic but when they don’t have the ball, he’s part of a front four who don’t work defensively.

“There’s no point saying that just because he’s scoring goals, we’re happy with him”

The former England forward added: “Manchester United can’t afford to have Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood or Marcus Rashford on the pitch at the same time as they aren’t going to work defensively, because they might score two goals, but they’ll concede more.

“The balance of the team is the most important thing.”

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It is yet to be seen if Carrick will go according to the advice as he handles his last game before an interim manager takes over.

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What Ralf Rangick said in the past that proves Ed Woodward is impressed already

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Man United are understood to have handed Ralf Rangick a contract which contains a fairly unconventional clause that will see him transition into a consultancy role after his six-month spell in the dug-out is complete.

He will now replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once paper works are complete and could be in charge when the Red Devils face Arsenal on December 2.

However, Rangnick and Woodward reportedly held discussions in 2019, before the former eventually took up his current role as head of sports and development at Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moscow.

One of the things that appeared to have impressed Woodward the most was Rangnick’s core values and self-belief when arriving at a new club.

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“I am happy where I am but if any club wanted to speak to me, the question would have to be: ‘Can I be somebody who can influence areas of development across the whole club?’, Rangnick told the Guardian.

“Otherwise you are only getting half of what I am capable of.

“If, after that, you can work together in a trustworthy and respectful way, then you are more likely to be successful.”

The ‘godfather of Gegenpressing’ went on to address Sir Alex Ferguson ‘s United tenure and the mistakes those in positions of power at United made in the subsequent years of his departure.

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“It’s always difficult to follow someone like Sir Alex Ferguson, who was so successful and in place for a long time – and that’s even harder if you are often changing coaches.

“With every coaching change, the identity changes and this is reflected in the sporting development.

“You can look at the money that team has had available in the last five years and say there has been an underperformance.”

Witg Rangnick likely to oversee one transfer window as a consultant, he had also stated that:

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“At any club, if you cannot get the right players, then you should at least not sign the wrong ones.

“You are in trouble if you do that in one or two or three consecutive transfer windows.

“Club building is about building the right squad by transferring the right players away and having more than 50 per cent success rate of bringing in the right players.”

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‘Soon to be’ United manager once turned down Chelsea, read why

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Soon to be Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick reportedly rejected an offer in the past to take charge of Chelsea due to the terms of the contract handed to him.

The German is expected to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was dismissed from his role following United’s embarrassing 4-1 defeat against Watford.

However, he could have been in charge at Chelsea but he refused the terms of the contract.

It is understood that he was approached by the Blues after Frank Lampard, was sacked for a temporal role but the German coach was against the idea.

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Rangnick is poised to join the Manchester club on an initial six-month contract before taking a two-year consultancy role off the pitch.

Speaking to The Times in February, Rangnick revealed: “I said: ‘I would like to come and work with you, but I can’t do it for four months. I’m not an interim coach.”

Later he was asked if he would move to England, to which he replied: “It would have to be something special. It depends on the club and whether you want to work with a German coach.”

The Blues eventually settled for Thomas Tuchel, who ended up leading the team to Champions League glory in his first season.

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Thomas Tuchel has so far done well s he has helped Stamford Bridge-outfit to remain top of the league.

Howbeit, Rangnick is not expected to be in the dugout for the Chelsea fixture due to work permit issues. He would be in charge against Arsenal on December 2.

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‘Incoming United manager’ already has a problem waiting for him, identified by Thierry Henry and Carragher

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Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry and Liverpool hero, Jamie Carragher have both claimed that the new manager that could be employed by Man United already has a major challenge waiting for him.

The both named Cristiano Ronaldo, noting that his lack of contribution to the team defensively is a major concern for the club and the manager.

However, both Carragher and Henry feel his individual stats would impact on the team as a whole and United need more work rate and pressing from their frontman.

‘How can a club the size of Manchester United still rely on a guy who’s [nearly] 37? He was unbelievable, his goal record is unbelievable, but if he doesn’t score he is a passenger in the game,’ Carragher told CBS Sports.

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‘You have to accept that, that’s a fact. But he scores nearly every game so at the moment you can accept it.

‘If Cristiano Ronaldo went four or five games without scoring, that’s a massive problem for Manchester United.’

Henry added: ‘I totally agree, but the problem is when your poison is your medicine you will struggle.

‘You watch the game [against Villarreal], at the end Ronaldo saves them, but when they play they are exposed sometimes because they don’t defend as a unit. And we all know if you don’t do that you cannot win games.

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‘And, by the way, we’re talking about winning the Champions League and winning the title in England, not finishing second, third, fourth and going to the quarter-finals and semi-finals. We’re talking about winning, and if you want to win you’ve all got to run.’

Carragher continued: ‘We’ve watched Paris Saint-Germain twice against Man City, a team at their level, and they battered them for two games because they’re not getting help defensively.

‘Look at Manchester United’s defensive record this season. I’m not just saying that’s down to Ronaldo, that’s the whole team, their organisation is all over the place.

‘But if you haven’t got 11 men fighting for each other, intense, working like we see the other top teams do, you’ve got a massive [problem] and it’s a knock-on effect right through the team.’

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