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Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Ralf Rangnick told to get Haaland as Bailly confirms his arrival, Cristiano Ronaldo benched

RALF RANGNICK is set to become the interim Manchester United manager.

The club have yet to formally announce the German's appointment, but Eric Bailly has confirmed the players have been informed of his imminent arrival.

And SunSport can reveal Rangnick been given one huge brief - get Erling Haaland.

The current Lokomotiv Moscow sporting director worked as director of football at Salzburg when the Austrian side attracted the Norwegian star.

Rangnick could yet earn the permanent role with the Red Devils reportedly considering adding an optional extension clause in his contract.

And there are concerns over what that could mean for Cristiano Ronaldo, with Michael Carrick benching the five-time Ballon d'Or winner in today's 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

In a tweet, Gary Neville suggested Rangnick's input would have convinced Carrick to make the decision.


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    Sky Sports pundits Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher have locked horns over Manchester United’s decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The United talisman was left out of the starting XI by caretaker boss Michael Carrick for the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

    The game was Carrick’s first - and potentially only - Premier League game in charge and he made his mark by naming the superstar among the subs.

    United legend Keane was left open-mouthed by the decision and raged at Carragher after he suggested the Portuguese was best left out due to his lack of effort in defence.

    Keane said on Sky Sports: “(Ronaldo’s) not pressed for about four, five, six years.

    "Ronaldo’s not going to fix Man United’s problems, but you don’t bring Ronaldo back to Man United to sit on the bench."

    Carragher responded: “Manchester United signed him because they were terrified he would go to Man City. There was no plan to sign Ronaldo. They signed him at the last minute.”

    Keane shot back: “He was always going to play Jamie. They’re going to sign him so as not to go to City, but to come and sit with us on the bench?

    “His stats since he’s come back to Man United are good!”

    Carragher then responded with a comment that really riled Keane. He said of Ronaldo’s record: “Goalscoring wise, yeah!”

    That was the moment Keane decided he’d had enough as he exploded at his fellow pundit.

    He raged: “What’s the game about?! You’re talking about (Mo) Salah… the game’s about goals Jamie!”


    Roy Keane disagreed 'with everything' Michael Carrick said in his post-match interview and claimed Manchester United are giving a 'job for the boys'.

    Carrick is currently filling in as temporary United boss following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    And he saw his side leave Stamford Bridge with a point after holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw.

    Afterwards, Carrick told Sky Sports: "I’m disappointed actually when you're in front in a game like this to have it taken away form you like it was is disappointing.

    "I’m immensely proud of the players, the whole group, the staff all week in difficult situations trying to make the best of it.

    "We can't hide from the fact that it has been tough at times but we made the best of it and I'm immensely proud of how we have gone about it this week but it's a little bit of a disappointing feeling.

    "We came here to win a game. We were positive in our mindset and attitude so we are a bit disappointed I can't lie."


    Cristiano Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel after Manchester United's 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

    Ronaldo was named on United's bench by caretaker boss Michael Carrick for the second time this season after October's match with Everton, which also ended 1-1.

    Just like at Old Trafford last month, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was in no mood for handshakes or applause to the fans as he immediately walked away from the pitch.

    That is according to ESPN's Mark Ogden, who claims the star forward went straight down the tunnel after the final whistle, which saw the Red Devils picking up a point against Chelsea.

    Ogden tweeted: "Ronaldo straight down the tunnel at FT. No handshakes or waves to the fans, just straight off the pitch."

    Carrick, who is temporarily stepping in for former United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claimed he decided to drop Ronaldo in order to "change things up a bit".

    He added that he had a discussion with his former team-mate before the match and he was "great" about it.

    Carrick told Sky Sports before the match: "A few tweaks and changes from the other night, to change things up a bit.

    "Cristiano is probably our standout name, but it's just game plan, ideas. I had a good chat with Cristiano actually, he was great, and we've decided to go like that today. Really looking forward to the game.

    "It's a decision just to pick a team, to be honest. I don't think it needs more drama than that.

    "Everyone is fine, all the boys who have come out of the team have been terrific around the place, Cristiano included, fantastic with the boys, supporting them 100 per cent and ready to come on if and when needed.

    "We’re happy with the team we’ve picked, for sure. We’ve come here to try and win the game, like we do every single game."


    Roy Keane has slammed the Manchester United squad for picking and choosing when they want to fight for points on the pitch.

    United played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Chelsea and had to defend for long periods.

    But while Keane was impressed with the spirit shown, he questioned why United's players do not consistently show such effort.

    Keane said on Sky Sports: "If United were to get anything it might be from a bit of arrogance from Chelsea at the back and that proved to be the case for the goal.

    "They gave up plenty of chances but to say they played well today - I don't think they played well mid-week - so it's no surprise the way the game panned out today.

    "They're lacking confidence particularly in the bigger games so you sit in, get bodies behind the ball and you've enough bit of quality and pace going forward that United would always cause problems.

    "(David) De Gea spoke there about fighting for everything today but you're supposed to do that every week.

    "This is the big criticism of this football team going back to the Watford game, Liverpool - going back most of the season - it's as if they pick and choose their moments when they're up for it and when they're going to work as a team.

    "The key is if you want to play for Manchester United and you want to be consistent or compete for titles is you do that week in week out.

    "You can have an off day - even today they weren't great - but there was a spirit amongst the team, you saw that and you give them credit.

    "But ultimately you want more and that's where we'll see over the next few months."


    Gary Neville claims Ralf Rangnick picked the Manchester United team for the 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

    Rangnick, 63, has not been officially appointed but he is on the verge of a move to Old Trafford.

    And after Michael Carrick came under fire for the team selection, Neville came to the defence of his former team-mate.

    He wrote on Twitter: "A lot of people having a go at Michael Carrick for dropping Ronaldo and picking that midfield.

    "I’ve a feeling the incoming manager has picked that team as it’s a huge departure from midweek and what they’ve been doing."

    United altered their formation with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho providing pace in attack in place of Ronaldo.

    The Red Devils also operated with three defensive midfielders - Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.

    But despite the huge changes Gary Lineker dismissed Neville's claim.

    He said in response: "No chance of this being true. Zero."



    Cristiano Ronaldo (Sancho 63) - 5

    Started the game on the bench much to everyone's surprise.

    Manchester United lost some of their attacking impetus and counter-attack threat when he replaced Sancho.

    Jesse Lingard (Rashford 77- NA

    Donny van de Beek (Fernandes 89) - NA

    Not used: Dean Henderson, Phil Jones, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Diogo Dalot.


    Jamie Carragher thinks that Ralf Rangnick is just what Manchester United need to finish in the top four this season.

    But he warns the German coach, 63, that his biggest job will be to 'identify' the next manager to take over from him at the club.

    United have agreed a deal with Ralph Rangnick to become interim manager and are awaiting permission from Lokomotiv Moscow - his current club.

    And ex-Liverpool star Jamie Carragher has weighed in on the situation.

    He told Sky Sports: "I think this guy is coming in, Ralf Rangnick, will make sure United get in the Champions League next season.

    "But the biggest job he has it to identify the next coach his role will be taking away from the people at the top and they will take advice from him.

    "He will want the next coach to be in his mould."

    When Carragher points to a coach 'in his mould' - he is referring to the Gegenpressing style, made famous by Rangnick.

    Rangnick has his own ideas how the beautiful game should be played.

    The system will require his United players to press high, with a very intense counter-pressure.

    When they have the ball, they will be required not to make any square or back passes.

    It's a tactic that made Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool follow his lead with his own brand of 'heavy-metal football'.


    Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo's only goal is to surpass rival Lionel Messi on Ballon d'Or awards.

    That is according to France Football editor-in-chief Pascal Ferre, who claims Ronaldo told him he wants to retire with more gongs than Messi.

    Ferre told the New York Times: "Ronaldo has only one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballon d'Or [awards] than Messi.

    "I know because he has told me."

    Messi, 33, currently has six to Ronaldo's five.

    Both football greats - are up for this year's prestigious award and Messi is a favourite to bag his seventh Ballon d'Or.

    If the Paris Saint-Germain star prevails then Ronaldo will be behind by two and he is already at the advanced age of 36 years old.

    But Ferre refuses to give any indication on who this year's winner is and is very proud of his track record as he has prevented leaks these past six years.

    The French editor is adamant that no one should ever know before the actual winner.

    Ferre added: "This is my sixth year in charge of the event. I have not made a mistake yet.

    "I don't want to lie [to those asking who the winner is].

    "But I tell them that I can't share their name because the winners do not know yet, and it would not be right for them not to be the first to find out."


    Jorginho blasted Chelsea's deserved 69th-minute spot-kick equaliser.

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka was penalised by VAR for his foul on Thiago Silva from a corner.

    That made up for Jorginho's poor clearance leading to Sancho's United opener.

    For all the action and reaction from Stamford Bridge click on our match blog HERE.


    Jadon Sancho raced through calmly for a shock United opener on 50 minutes.

    For all the action and reaction from Stamford Bridge click on our match blog HERE.


    Unite clung on level after the Blues had dominated, Rudiger hitting the bar.

    Chelsea had ten shots on target, compared to United's one, plus 68% of the possession.

    For all the action and reaction from Stamford Bridge click on our match blog HERE.


    A fed-up Roy Keane has slammed Manchester United for failing to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a full-time appointment.

    And the ex-United skipper once again blasted the current crop of players as ‘nowhere near good enough’ to wear the shirt.

    Solskjaer was given his marching orders last week following defeat by Watford and replaced with his assistant Michael Carrick as caretaker.

    German tactician Ralf Rangnick is set to take over as interim manager until next summer - a decision Keane isn’t happy with.

    He said on Sky Sports: “It was disappointing for Ole to finish in such a low, obviously going through a difficult time - the Watford result was really poor and the performance.

    “I’ve argued with (fellow pundit Jamie Carragher) about a manager getting enough time and Ole did get enough time and the results and the performances over the last couple of months have been really poor.

    “So, there was no real surprise after the Watford game but the club now have to regroup, get somebody in and get the deed over the line.

    “I don’t think it’s ideal, this interim stuff until the end of the season but it is what it is and they have to get on with it.

    “But ultimately, when I look at the last few performances from the players, they’re nowhere near good enough for Man United but the manager paid the price.”


    The Red Devils have been sitting deeper, a shadow of their assertive selves of the past.

    And just past the half-hour mark Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger smashed a superb 20-yarder off the bar.

    For all the action and reaction from Stamford Bridge click on our match blog HERE.


    United began on the front foot - but Callum Hudson-Odoi wasted a gaping seventh-minute chance for Chelsea, albeit David de Gea saving brilliantly.

    For all the action and reaction from Stamford Bridge click on our match blog HERE.


    Well well well, there has been quite a few changes from caretaker manager Michael Carrick but the most noticeable on comes up-top with Portugese hero Cristiano Ronaldo being dropped to the bench.

    Apart from Eric Bailly filling in for the suspended Harry Maguire, the back-line remains the same.

    Nemanja Matic gets a call to the first eleven action to join up with Scott McTominay and Fred instead of Donny van de Beek.

    And no starting place for Anthony Martial or Cristiano Ronaldo in the attack but the English duo of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford have been trusted instead with Bruno Fernandes floating in behind.

    (4-3-1-2): 1 De Gea; 29 Wan-Bissaka, 2 Lindelof, 3 Bailly, 27 Alex Telles; 17 Fred, 31 Matic, 39 McTominay; 18 Fernandes; 25 Sancho, 10 Rashford.


    Manchester United hero Nani could call time on his glittering career after being released by Orlando City, writes JAMES COLASANTI

    The 35-year-old winger tweeted a heartfelt message to thank the Lions’ fans for all their support during his three years at the MLS club.

    And after a 16-year professional career which featured huge success with the Red Devils and a European Championships win with Portugal it might be time for the star to hang up his boots. 

    He tweeted: “All good things come to an end. After 3 amazing seasons, full of great moments, new friendships and sporting success, I will be leaving Orlando City.

    “Orlando is a city I can call home, with great people and fantastic supporters, but my contract has ended and there was a decision by the club not to extend it.

    “It was an honor captaining the club for its first-ever playoff appearances and reaching the final of the MLS is Back Tournament.

    “I shall never forget how the fans and community supported me and my family ever since the moment we arrived in Florida. 

    “You will have in me a friend and a fan for the future. I wish you all the best.”