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MANCHESTER UNITED picked a crucial 3-2 victory over Arsenal in Michael Carrick's final match as manager.

Cristiano Ronaldo got the winner for the Red Devils but could miss Crystal Palace after reportedly injuring himself doing his 'siu' celebration.

Meanwhile Ralf Rangnick has given his first interview as the new Old Trafford boss ahead of his first match tomorrow.

On the January transfer front however, Sevilla are already looking for replacements for Jules Kounde as United edge closer to doing a deal.

Get all the latest Man Utd transfer news, gossip and updates here.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DIO-GO

    Jose Mourinho is eyeing a swoop for his former player Diogo Dalot.

    The Portuguese full-back has previously been linked with a move away from Manchester United.

    According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma see Dalot as a ‘concrete option’ for the January transfer window.

    Dalot already has experience playing in Serie A, having spent time on loan at AC Milan.

    And Mourinho himself was the man who signed Dalot for United, and could be set to repeat the feat in the New Year.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BERNARDO IS THE BEST

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has named Bernardo Silva as the best player in the Premier League, ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Speaking on Silva, Guardiola gushed: “He is the best. He was the best two or three seasons ago.

    “He was the best then too. He has a special ability to do whatever he wants with the ball. Against a good goalkeeper it was an incredible finish.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    BE LIKE MESSI

    Cassano was initially baffled as to how the former Juventus star got his number, writes WILLIAM PUGH.

    But it later emerged the link was Gianluigi Buffon – a former team-mate of both men.

    Cassano added: “I asked Gigi how he could have my number.

    “And he confirmed he had given it to the press officer, who passed it on to Cristiano.”

    Ronaldo recently reached 800 career goals and he is said to have mentioned his fabulous record when engaging with controversial Cassano.

    He went on to explain: “He told me that he scored 750 goals and I only 150. 

    “Dear Cristiano, I tell you one thing: you have everything, live more calm and relaxed.

    “Be like Messi, who does not care, instead of writing to me.

    “Buffon and [Giorgio] Chiellini know that this made me angry. 

    “Cristiano, what’s wrong with you? What is your problem?”

  • Joshua Mbu

    SEEING RED

    Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly sent angry messages to Antonio Cassano after criticism from the Italy legend, writes WILLIAM PUGH.

    That is according to Cassano, 39, who made the claim on Christian Vieri’s channel Bobo TV.

    Cassano compared Ronnie to R9 Ronaldo and said the Brazilian was better.

    And the comments are said to have angered CR7 who Cassano said sent him a message to demand more respect.

    Former Roma and Real Madrid forward Cassano said: “Cristiano wrote to me on WhatsApp asking for more respect for everything he has won and for the goals he scored. 

    “I’m not afraid to tell the truth.

    “I face him, the whole world, from the Pope to the last of this earth.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    BRUNO TRIBUTE TO CARRICK

    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has tipped Michael Carrick to be a ‘really good manager’ after he quit the club following victory over Arsenal.

    Carrick was placed in temporary charge of United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last month.

    Speaking to Amazon Prime after last night’s game, Fernandes backed Carrick to have a future in management.

    He said: “I’ve said to him I was really mad to be off on his first game and I tell him now at the end of this game.

    “But honestly for me Michael can be a really good manager in the future if he gets that chance.

    “He knows how to speak, he knows a lot of football.

    “He was one of the great players that not a lot of people talk about. For what I have seen he can be a top coach.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    QUID GAMES

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has slammed Manchester United’s ‘small club mentality’ as he revealed he was docked £1 for taking a fruit juice from a minibar, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    The now 40-year-old AC Milan striker moved to Old Trafford in 2016 on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain as one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings.

    However, Ibrahimovic has now admitted how shocked he was when he found his wages had been docked by the measly amount one month.

    And Ibrahimovic explained in his new autobiography Adrenaline just how staggered he was by how ‘one of the richest and most powerful clubs in the world’ operated daily.

    He said: “One day I was in the hotel with the team before a game. I got thirsty so I opened the mini-bar and had a fruit juice.

    “We played and then went home. Some time went by. My pay slip arrives.

    “Normally I don’t look at it. I only do so at the end of the year to see what’s come in and what’s gone out. 

    “But that time, I don’t know why, I was curious and realised they’d taken a pound off my monthly wage.

    “I called the team manager: ‘Excuse me, why have they taken a pound off my salary.’ 

    “The team manager had a look and told me: ‘It was the fruit juice from the mini-bar.’ ‘Are you kidding, seriously?’ ‘No, I’m not. Here, if you order something you have to pay for it.’

    “‘Sure, but I didn’t go to the hotel on my own accord. I wasn’t on holiday. It was my work place. 

    “I was there for Manchester. If I have to play and I’m thirsty, I have to drink. I can’t go on the pitch dehydrated.’

    “Can you believe it? A quid? Something like that would never happen in Italy. These are the details that make a difference and earn the respect of the players.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    BIG MONEY SIGNINGS

    Ralf Rangnick has a host of expensive stars at his disposal.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ‘CAME OUT TO WIN’

    Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey says the team ‘came out to win’ against Manchester United in their last outing.

    The Gunners lost the game 3-2 with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a brace.

    On the result, Partey said: “I think the team came out to win, we did everything we could, we played well, we created a lot of chances and I think that we were unlucky.

    They scored two goals and then a penalty. The team tried to improve, go forward and look for a goal, for the equaliser, but in the end it’s football, we have to forget about this game, we have to think of our next game, we have to do better and also to win.

    “The team is improving, each and everyone is doing our best. For me, I have to keep on doing my best, keep trying, keep improving, try to come back to my best, because the team needs me, the team needs us.

    “I think we’re improving each day and it’s gonna be good. If we want to be at the top it’s normal that we have to fight, we have to be under control and try to win the games.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    RON FEAR

    Cristiano Ronaldo is a big doubt for Ralf Rangnick’s debut in the Manchester United dugout on Sunday with a knee injury, writes NEIL CUSTIS & RICHARD MORIARTEY.

    The absence of Ronaldo would be a major early blow for Rangnick, who yesterday vowed to get the best of the 36-year-old superstar.

    Sources at United suggested the Portuguese talisman may have hurt his knee doing his trademark jump celebration after scoring the winning penalty in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.

    Yet Ronaldo played on and even did a full length run of the pitch late on when United broke forward. He was eventually substituted in the 88th minute and walked awkwardly off the pitch.

    There have been fears Ronaldo would struggle to fit into Rangnick’s high-pressing style but the new boss vowed to deploy him up front.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MOYES ‘DISAPPOINTED’

    David Moyes has admitted his ‘disappointment’ at Jesse Lingard’s playing time.

    The Manchester United ace spent the second half of last season on loan at the Hammers, scoring nine and assisting five.

    But a second spell at the Hammers failed to materialise in the summer.

    A move is, however, on the cards in January. 

    On Lingard, Moyes said: “I can’t really talk about him [Lingard] because he’s a Manchester United player and it’s not for me to talk.

    “But he was really good for us. Jesse knows what we all think of him here. My disappointment for Jesse would be, I think he’s such a talented football player and he’s not playing.

    “He played a big part in our second half of last season. But you’d have to give credit to the players here, they’ve moved on without Jesse.

    “People might have thought Jesse made a difference here. But the players have moved on and stepped to another level themselves. But I’ve got to say, Jesse was a big part of that.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    RON TOP

    Cristiano Ronaldo is still Man Utd’s biggest export.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ‘CAN’T LAY ON THE GROUND’

    Paul Robinson has blasted Man Utd keeper David De Gea for his role in Arsenal’s first goal.

    De Gea was trod on by team-mate Fred and was left laying on the turf.

    Play went on and Emile Smith Rowe fired into an unmanned net.

    On the incident, Paul Robinson exclusively told Betfred: “Teams target goalkeepers and in that position there, you can’t lay on the ground. If it’s a head injury then that’s different.

    “I think the referee went to stop the game but he didn’t get his whistle in his mouth quick enough. De Gea showed weakness. You’ve got to play on. If you’re on the floor in the six yard box then you’re leaving the goal wide open.

    “Two minutes later he was back on his feet and there was nothing wrong with him. If it was a serious injury then it’s a completely different conversation. If someone stands on your foot then you get on with it.

    “You take knocks and suffer injuries and as a goalkeeper you have to play through the pain barrier sometimes as you’re the last line of defence.

    “You can’t just feel something and lie on the floor and expect the referee to stop the game. As a kid you’re taught to play to the whistle and that was a perfect example of why De Gea should have played to the whistle.

    “He’s shown a weakness there in front of the new manager.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    JUV GOT TO BE KIDDING

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Manchester United is being PROBED by the Italian authorities with a new search of Juventus’ offices being ordered, writes JOSHUA MBU.

    Juventus’ offices in both Turin and Milan were raided last Friday after accusations they falsely recorded the value of transfers between 2019 and 2021 to fit within Financial Fair Play Regulations.

    Player contracts, invoices and financial statements were seized as evidence.

    Club president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved, as well as Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici – who worked at Juve between 2010-21 – are also under investigation.

    Reuters are reporting that a fresh search of Juventus’ offices has been ordered to examine the financial terms of Ronaldo’s £12.9million Man Utd transfer.

    The deal generated a negative economic impact of 14m euros on its results for the 2020/21 financial year, the club revealed at the time. 

    La Gazzetta dello Sport state there are recordings of phone calls where Juventus directors allegedly discuss a document that ‘should not have theoretically existed’ regarding Ronaldo’s move.

    Turin investigators are yet to find the document and Juventus directors have reportedly failed to explain the nature of the deal.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PREM FIXTURES

    There’s five Premier League fixtures going on today, including a HUGE London derby. 

    Here’s who’s playing who: 

    • West Ham vs Chelsea, 12.30PM 
    • Newcastle vs Burnley, 3PM
    • Wolves vs Liverpool, 3PM
    • Southampton vs Brighton, 3PM
    • Watford vs Man City, 5.30PM

    Sunday’s fixtures aren’t quite super:

    • Leeds vs Brentford, 2PM
    • Man Utd vs Crystal Palace, 2PM
    • Tottenham vs Norwich, 2PM
    • Aston Villa vs Leicester City, 4.30PM 
    • Everton vs Arsenal, 8PM

    STATE OF PLAY

    Here’s what the Premier League table looks like heading into this weekend’s fixtures.

    • Joshua Mbu

      TOON TARGET

      Jesse Lingard could become Newcastle’s highest-paid player as they line up a January transfer, according to reports, writes JOSHUA JONES.

      The Manchester United midfielder, 28, is out of contract at Old Trafford next summer.

      And the Red Devils risk losing him for free at the end of season after negotiations over an extension broke down in November.

      But according to The Times, the Toon have made him their No1 target and would be prepared to offer a ‘substantial transfer fee’.

      They would also want to make Lingard the top earner in their history.

      Miguel Almiron currently holds that title with his £100,000-a-week package at St James’ Park.

      However, following the club’s Saudi takeover, they have cash to spend.

      And they need players who will hit the ground running.

    • Joshua Mbu

      MORNING, UNITED FANS

      Cristiano Ronaldo could miss Ralf Rangnick’s first match as Manchester United interim boss tomorrow with a goal-celebration injury.

      Ron hurt his knee after his penalty winner in Thursday’s 2-1 defeat of Arsenal.

      But the Old Trafford legend’s high jinks could be an unwelcome twist for Rangnick – in the short term.

      Seventh-placed United aim to close on the top four at home to Crystal Palace tomorrow afternoon.

      And even if Ronaldo sits that out, Rangnick is confident he can fit him into his expected pressing style of play.

      Rangnick said: “You always have to adapt your style or your idea of football to the players you have available, not vice versa.

      “Having seen Cristiano against Arsenal in the second half at the age of 36, he is an amazing top professional.”Rangnick also claimed he will delay talks over transfer targets but insists the current squad is big enough.

      SunSport revealed the Red Devils want New York Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber as the German’s new assistant.

      Finally, Ronaldo’s return transfer to Old Trafford is being investigated by Italian authorities, with a new search of Juventus’ offices ordered.

    • Ian Tuckey

      RANGNICK: WE NEED BALANCE

      Manchester United fans might have been thrilled by the 3-2 win over Arsenal but Ralf Rangnick winced.

      Thursday’s Old Trafford game summed up the rollercoaster the club has been on — now Rangnick believes it is time for calm and control.

      The new interim chief said: “Against Arsenal we conceded two goals, we needed three to win the game.

      “If you look at the total number of goals conceded, it averages almost two per game. This is just too much.

      “My approach is to help the team to get more balance, more control of the game.

      “The Arsenal match was exciting for the fans but, even for myself as the future coach, those are not the kind of games that we need every day.

      “Football, for me, is to minimise the coincidence factor and have control in order to gain control of a game.

      “This is football, what it’s about. This is my approach and I’m out to help these outstanding, talented players try to keep away from their own goal.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      FERGIE VISITED VARANE HOME IN BID TO SIGN HIM

      Alex Ferguson once pitched up at a young Raphael Varane’s house to convince him to sign for Manchester United.

      And the then-18-year-old was ‘very, very interested’ in making the move to Old Trafford from boyhood club Lens.

      But a phone call from the great Zinedine Zidane soon changed that, with the France legend convincing him Real Madrid should be his preferred destination.

      Varane told the Telegraph about Ferguson’s visit: “It was a shock. To be honest, I was waiting in my house and looking out of the window to see if he was really coming. 

      “When he came, I didn’t speak English. My mum speaks perfect English, so she was the person who spoke more with him. 

      “It was a discussion about how he saw me, how he could have a project with me and how he could help me to grow as a person and player. 

      “It was very, very interesting and a very big experience for me.”

      Varane eventually signed for Madrid rather than United – but then moved to Old Trafford in a £41million deal this summer.

    • Ian Tuckey

      BRUNO TRIBUTE TO CARRICK

      Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has tipped Michael Carrick to be a ‘really good manager’ after he quit the club following victory over Arsenal.

      Carrick was placed in temporary charge of United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last month.

      Speaking to Amazon Prime after last night’s game, Fernandes backed Carrick to have a future in management.

      He said: “I’ve said to him I was really mad to be off on his first game and I tell him now at the end of this game.

      “But honestly for me Michael can be a really good manager in the future if he gets that chance.

      “He knows how to speak, he knows a lot of football.

      “He was one of the great players that not a lot of people talk about. For what I have seen he can be a top coach.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      RALF DELAYS TALKS ON NEW SIGNINGS

      New Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick insists his squad does not need MORE players – and he will hold off plans for newcomers until Christmas.

      Rangnick said: ‘We haven’t spoken about new players and it’s not the time to speak about new players.

      “It’s the time to get to know the current squad in detail. This is the major focus for the next couple of weeks, to get to know the players that we have currently.’

      “The squad is definitely not too small, there are enough players in the squad.

      “Maybe at Christmas or after Christmas, there will be a possible time to speak about possible transfers in the winter.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      VIEIRA BACK AGAINST UTD

      Crystal Palace are hopeful Patrick Vieira will be in the dugout at Manchester United tomorrow despite an ‘urgent family matter’.

      Eagles boss Vieira was called away from training yesterday morning, with assistant manager Osian Roberts taking over.

      Unless circumstances change, Vieira is expected to be back for training today and take the team at Old Trafford.

      Roberts, the former Wales No2, said: “Patrick was in as normal for training.

      “Unfortunately, he received a phone call and had to leave immediately to attend to an urgent family matter.

      “Obviously my thoughts are first of all with Patrick and the family. The staff have rallied round to make sure the training has been seamless.

      “The players have been professional in the way they’ve applied themselves so we had a good session and all the plans are in place.

      “It makes a big difference when Patrick is not here. He’s our leader, the manager, and you always want him at the helm leading matters.

      “But we have a responsibility in this unfortunate circumstance that we do everything correctly to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible until he is back with us.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      RON-ERO BECKHAM

      Romeo Beckham held up a signed Cristiano Ronaldo shirt after joining dad David at Old Trafford to see last night’s 3-2 defeat of Arsenal.

      Romeo, 19, who plays for his father’s Fort Lauderdale side, was all smiles as he had a signed No7 shirt from Ronaldo.

      The number is special to Beckham, 46, who wore it during his legendary time at Old Trafford, before a 2003 transfer to Real Madrid.

      And it was actually Ronaldo, 36, who inherited the iconic United jersey after he joined from Sporting Lisbon that same year.

      The Portugal legend followed in Beckham’s footsteps in 2009 with a then-record £80m to the Spanish capital.

      After nine seasons in Spain, Ronaldo then spent three years with Juventus before this summer making an emotional return to Manchester.

      He has 12 goals in 16 games since being re-signed by his former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was later sacked.

    • Ian Tuckey

      5 CRAZY KEEPER MOMENTS

      As the saying goes, you have to be mad to be a goalkeeper… and these No1’s have provided us with some eccentric moments, writes JON BOON.

      In between the sticks for Manchester United, David De Gea conceded the most bizarre goal against Arsenal, when his own team mate Fred trod on his heel, leaving him on the deck as Emile Smith Rowe volleyed in from the edge of the area.

      The controversial goal was allowed to stand with referee Martin Atkinson failing to blow the whistle before the ball crossed the line to stop play.

      But that’s not the only bizarre moment involving the keeper as SunSport looks back at some classic incidents…

      DIVOT

      Former Blackburn goalie Tim Flowers’ unfortunate error always appears on blooper shows.

      LIFE’S A BEACH

      On a beach, a beach ball is lots of fun. But on the football pitch, it’s a potential hazard for goalkeepers

      Just ask ex-Liverpool and Spain keeper Pepe Reina, who saw a shot from Sunderland striker Darren Bent deflect off one past him in a 1-0 defeat in 2009

      SCORPION KICK

      It’s the most remarkable save you’ll ever see.

      England were hosting Colombia in 1995, in what ended up being a drab 0-0 draw.

      However, it was livened up by madcap Rene Higuita’s now infamous scorpion kick.

      ON A ROLL

      He’s behind you!

      Clearly, Shay Given didn’t get the memo that 6ft 2in centre forward Dion Dublin was sneakily hiding behind him.

      So, the Irishman decided to roll the ball out in front of him as he prepared to launch the ball forward for Newcastle in a game against Coventry City during the 1997-98 season.

      Cue Dublin pouncing on the loose ball and sweeping it home.

      PAUL ROBINSON’S FREAK GOAL

      Spare a thought for his rival, Ben Foster because no goalie wants to be scored against by his opposite number.

      But that’s exactly what happened to the Watford shotstopper, when ex-Spurs star Paul Robinson unleashed a monster free kick from deep in his own half in a game from 2007.

      FULL DETAILS AND PICTURES HERE

    • Ian Tuckey

      RIO SALUTES CARRICK

      Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has praised outgoing stand-in boss Michael Carrick as ‘always a class act’.

      Ferdy joined the salutes for ex-England midfielder Carrick, who was at Old Trafford for 16 years.

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