Manchester United held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Thursday night after Cristiano Ronaldo bailed the hosts out again.
United’s hopes of reaching the Champions League look to be well and truly over after they were held by the Blues. After a lacklustre first half, Chelsea took the lead in the second thanks to a Marcos Alonso strike.
Their advantage was short-lived as Ronaldo beat the offside trap to fire past Edouard Mendy and ensure the points were shared. United are now five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal who have two games in hand.
Before kick-off fans protested against the ownership of the Glazer family with banners also seen inside the ground. Ralf Rangnick has also accepted a job offer to become the manager of the Austrian national team, while reports from The Athletic suggest lead transfer negotiator Matt Judge has resigned from his position.
Matt Judge is reported to have stood down from his position as the head of corporate development for United and will not play a part in their upcoming recruitment drive. Judge has been a key figure when it comes to negotiations at Old Trafford and beyond since being appointed to his current role in 2016.
For the last six seasons, Judge has been responsible for leading transfer and contract negotiations – with the 25 permanent deals made on his watch resulting in United splashing out a jaw-dropping £770million.
Fred and Edinson Cavani were expected to return to training.
But will either player come back into the matchday squad?
Step into Ralf Rangnick’s shoes and pick your line-up to play Brentford.
Ralf Rangnick has spoken with the media before the Brentford game.
With that here is the current state of play on the United treatment table;
Harry Maguire (knee) – OUT
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (knock) – Back in training
Luke Shaw (leg) – OUT
Fred (hip/calf) – Back in training
Paul Pogba (calf) – OUT
Jadon Sancho (illness) – OUT
Edinson Cavani (calf) – Back in training
Speaking about Ronaldo, there could be several potential suitors out there.
Here are the clubs SkyBet are currently pricing-up to move for the United star;
Paris Saint Germain – 4/1
Sporting Lisbon – 4/1
Bayern Munich – 8/1
Real Madrid – 12/1
Arsenal – 16/1
Manchester City – 16/1
To stay at Manchester United – n/a
Will he stay or will he go? There is plenty of speculation over Cristano Ronaldo.
Here is what Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is predicting will happen;
According to reports from The Athletic, Matt Judge has resigned as head of corporate development at United and as such will not play an active role in their upcoming summer recruitment drive. Judge was appointed to that role under Ed Woodward in 2014 – having been at the club since 2012 – and was a key figure responsible for leading transfer and contract negotiations.
Erik ten Hag and United have ‘made first contact’ towards signing Paulo Dybala – according to reports.
Speculation over the Juventus pla,ymaker and his future remains at fever pitch as he enters the final two months of his contract. Dybala has yet to sign new terms with the Italian giants and will be available on a free transfer at the end of this season.
His wage packet is understood to be around the £115,000 per week mark.
Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport claims that United, who have been linked with Dybala over these past few seasons and interest in him has started to resurface this summer, have opened up dialogue with the relevant people.
Glossing past that man Pogba, there are several would-be suitors for him.
Here are the current front-runners according to odds from bookies SkyBet;
Paris Saint-Germain – 4/6
Manchester City – 2/1
Real Madrid – 10/1
Juventus – 14/1
Newcastle United – 22/1
Chelsea – 25/1
Arsenal / Barcelona – 33/1
Juventus are open to a move for Nemanja Matic during the summer window – according to reports.
Change is on the horizon for United at the end of this campaign and that is particularly the case in central midfield. United were already wanting to make at least one signing in that position, while Matic and Pogba are set to leave.
It is expected there will be other departures, too.
Having been linked with a return swoop for Pogba, the Old Lady are credited with further interest in Matic. That is according to reports from Italian publication Tuttosport.
Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe has submitted an offer of £4 billion to buy Chelsea.
Roman Abramovich placed Chelsea on the market last month and Ratcliffe has now emerged as a credible successor to the Russian with an eleventh-hour offer. Ratcliffe has been linked with buying Manchester United from the Glazers over the years.
“We put an offer in this morning,” Ratcliffe told The Times. “We are the only British bid. Our motives are simply to try and create a very fine club in London. We have no profit motive because we make our money in other ways.”
Ralf Rangnick does not intend to ‘gift’ Manchester United players farewells against Brentford and Jadon Sancho could be out for their remaining three fixtures.
United play their final home game of the season on Monday in what is expected to be the last possible chance for out-of-contract trio Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard to appear at Old Trafford for the club.
Matic has started in the last three games and is expected to keep his place due to a shortage of central midfielders but Mata has not started in the Premier League since the final day of last season. Jesse Lingard started against Norwich earlier this month but had to withdraw from the Chelsea squad due to personal family reasons.
Ralf Rangnick had advised incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag to throw himself into negotiations with prospective signings.
United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League is expected to impact their pulling power in the summer transfer market as it did in 2019, when they were reduced to recruiting Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire from Swansea City, Crystal Palace and Leicester City for £150million. None of them have been an outright success.
Interim manager Rangnick stressed Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola are heavily involved in persuading targets to join their clubs. United gazumped City to sign Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo in the last three years, while Jose Mourinho convinced Romelu Lukaku to join United over Chelsea in 2017.
Gary Neville has said what everyone is probably thinking.
Manchester United fans organised another anti-Glazer protest on Thursday evening. Thousands of supporters marched with banners and pyro ahead of kick-off and Old Trafford was only a third full at the start of the game. That was only a matter of time.
Supporters eventually tricked through the turnstiles after the 17th minute – one minute for each year the club has been owned by the Glazer family – but the hostility towards the American owners remained palpable inside Old Trafford. There were renditions of ‘stand up if you hate the Glazers’ and ‘love United, hate Glazers’ throughout and fans hope the anger doesn’t dissipate in the summer.
It will take a sustained effort to achieve a change of ownership or compromise from the Glazers. United fans have understandably never accepted the Glazers and that anger has been exacerbated by performances this season. Thursday’s match against Chelsea was just a painful reminder of where United actually are. They were dominated by the third-best team in the Premier League.
United legend Wayne Rooney is the favourite for the Burnley job.
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Next Permanent Burnley Manager:
Wayne Rooney 3/1
Chris Wilder 4/1
Mike Jackson 5/1
Rafa Benitez 5/1
Vincent Kompany 6/1
Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed he is taking over as coach of the Austria national team.
It emerged on Thursday night the Austrian football association had made an offer to Rangnick but he refused to respond to the reports after United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
Rangnick said in a statement: “I will take over as national team manager of Austria at the end of the season but will continue my consultancy with Manchester United.
Leeds United are hopeful of keeping midfielder Kalvin Phillips for one more year despite Manchester United’s interest.
The Manchester Evening News revealed two weeks ago United are working on a deal for Phillips, 26, as they have prioritised a defensive midfield signing.
Sources say Leeds believe interested clubs will be reluctant to meet Phillips’s valuation of around £60million after a season where he missed three-and-a-half months with a hamstring injury. West Ham and Aston Villa are also interested in Phillips, who made his first start since December 5 in the goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Manchester United fans had a clear message for Romelu Lukaku on Thursday night.
Chelsea looked the better side throughout yesterday’s match and their sustained dominance eventually paid dividends in the second half when Marcos Alonso broke the deadlock. That goal was the least Chelsea deserved for the chances they had created.
However, Chelsea would only be ahead for a total of two minutes as United immediately responded to going behind. United broke forward following Alonso’s goal and Nemanja Matic provided Cristiano Ronaldo with a delightful assist for an equaliser.
Ralf Rangnick has confirmed he will continue as a consultant to United despite his expected appointment as coach of the Austria national team.
The 63-year-old refused to address the reports about the Austria role but confirmed he would fulfil his consultancy contract with United.
Nemanja Matic thinks Manchester United’s performance against Chelsea was an ‘improvement’ despite being dominated for most of the match.
Police have applied to extend the bail of Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood after his arrest on suspicion of rape, assault and threats to kill.
The striker was first arrested by police on Sunday (January 30) after a report was made of online social media images and videos posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence.
Greenwood, 20, is currently on bail. This was due to expire tomorrow (April 30 ), police confirmed last month.
In an update issued today (April 29), Greater Manchester Police said that an application has now been made to the courts to have his bail extended. This hearing will not be held until mid-June.
Ralf Rangnick has recommended Manchester United sign two strikers in the summer to alleviate the burden on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Alejandro Garnacho has described making his debut for Manchester United as an ‘incredible moment.’
United managed to end their run of successive hammerings at the hands of great rivals — following a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool and a 3-1 loss at Arsenal — on Thursday as they held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in their penultimate game at Old Trafford this season. Fans were also offered a brief glimpse into the future as Garnacho was handed his first appearance in the senior team by Ralf Rangnick.
He’s been heavily linked with a move to United this summer, but they aren’t the only side supposedly interested in Frenkie de Jong.
Calciomercato suggest De Jong is the subject of interest from Paris Saint-Germain over a possible move, with the Dutchman considering his departure from Camp Nou.
He dreams of managing United or Everton, but Wayne Rooney is admired by lots of clubs.
The Sun claim United legend Rooney is the top target for Burnley and it could mean a Premier League job if they stay up this season.
United seem to be linked with Paulo Dybala every single summer.
Corriere dello Sport claim they are interested in signing him once again with Erik ten Hag eyeing a move at the end of the season.
Arsenal have registered their interest in signing Marcus Rashford this summer, according to a report.
Football Insider claim the North London side are desperate to sign at least one new forward at the end of the season with Rashford ‘a leading target’.
The Manchester Evening News reported earlier this month Rashford will seek greater clarity on his role at United when Erik ten Hag takes over as manager.
Rashford, 24, has been considering his future at United after a chastening season in which he has scored five goals and started 12 Premier League games out of a possible 26, but sources say he is now looking forward to embarking on a new chapter with Ten Hag.
Nemanja Matic thinks Manchester United’s performance against Chelsea was an ‘improvement’.
United welcomed Chelsea to Old Trafford on Thursday night. Chelsea took the lead in the second half of the match through Marcos Alonso, but United immediately responded to the visitors breaking the deadlock with a Cristiano Ronaldo equaliser.
Although Chelsea were the better side throughout the match, they were wasteful in the final third. Thomas Tuchel’s side had 64 per cent possession and six shots on target compared to United’s three on target yet they couldn’t get the three points.
Ralf Rangnick has confirmed he will continue as a consultant to Manchester United despite his expected appointment as coach of the Austria national team.
It emerged prior to the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Thursday night Rangnick was considering an offer from the Austrian football association to take over ahead of their Nations League fixtures against Croatia, Denmark and France in June.
Rangnick will see out his tenure as interim manager of United, who have three games left this season, and he is due to stay on as a consultant on a two-year contract.
Hello and welcome to the MEN’s live transfer blog this Friday.
We will be bringing you all the reaction to United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea and updates on Ralf Rangnick’s future here.