Man Utd news LIVE: Conte HUGS hat-trick hero Ronaldo, Tom Brady's reaction, Bruno Fernandes REPLACEMENT found

Man Utd news LIVE: Conte HUGS hat-trick hero Ronaldo, Tom Brady's reaction, Bruno Fernandes REPLACEMENT found

March 15, 2022

MAN UTD fans could see Old Trafford KNOCKED DOWN will reports suggesting the club are looking at building an entirely new stadium on the site.

Meanwhile, the club are said to be thinking about a summer move for Harry Kane, who scored against them in a 3-2 loss against United at the weekend.

Cristiano Ronaldo dominated the headlines once again in that game, scoring a hat-trick.

The Portuguese mogul bagged a hat-trick to become football's all-time record goal scorer, according to Fifa statistics with 806 strikes.

Ronaldo then met up with NFL icon Tom Brady after the game, who was in the stands and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star then told the world he is NOT retiring.

However, Edinson Cavani's departure from Old Trafford is set to be 'confirmed soon' according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

Plus keep up to date with all of the build up to Manchester United's Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Kane urged to join Man Utd

    Aston Villa legend Gabby Agbonlahor has urged Harry Kane to leave Spurs for Man United or Man City if he wants to win silverware.

    He told talkSPORT: “You’ve got to go. The joke’s over now. He’s given them so much, Harry Kane. This season he’s stayed and they are nowhere near winning a trophy, nowhere near getting top four.

    “He’s going to be 30 before you know it and be one of those players who should have gone to a big club, but stayed at Spurs.

    “If I was him, I’d 100 per cent go to Man City, that’s if they still want him, though, as Haaland is available in the summer.

    “If Manchester United can get the proper manager in, then go to Manchester United."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Neville on United's weaknesses

    Man United legend Gary Neville named three things his former club lacks to return to the top.

    The former right-back has been seeing the Red Devils fall short against Prem rivals Manchester City and Liverpool since their last league triumph in 2013.

    Neville told Sky Sports: “The two teams at the top, their managers have got complete control in their clubs. Faith, trust, belief all the way through.

    “Pep can leave [Raheem] Sterling out in the derby no one bats an eyelid, brings [Jack] Grealish in, no one thought it would happen but gets on with it because he’s got complete control, no one questions him.

    “Manchester United haven’t got that and they haven’t had it for a number of years."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Cav's off to Spain

    Edinson Cavani reportedly has his heart set on a ‘new experience’ and wants to play in LaLiga.

    After agreeing a new one-year deal, the veteran striker has struggled with injuries this term and looks set to depart when his contract expires in June.

    Barcelona have been linked with a swoop for the ex-Paris Saint-Germain star.

    Now Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has offered an update on his future.

    And he claims that a switch to Spain is highly likely for him this summer.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Neville on top-four race

    Gary Neville reckons Man United will pip Arsenal for the Premier League fourth spot.

    Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: "I still think Man United could do it.

    "I don’t trust Arsenal fully, I think it would be brilliant for Mikel Arteta and those young players. They’ve been fantastic.

    "But, I do think they have got some big games still to play. I think Manchester United have still got to go to Arsenal as well, there is a long way to go and United could still do it."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Gary Neville backs Old Trafford replacement

    Gary Neville has backed plans for Man United to demolish Old Trafford to keep up with the grounds of their rivals.

    He said on Instagram: "There is a story emerging from Old Trafford that they might rebuild the entire stadium and I have just been asked what I think of it.

    "I actually think that it would be the right move. I think by the time that they have spent money on Old Trafford, the existing one, then I think you would be better off building a brand new, better, super stadium.

    "I do think that Manchester United should always be at the forefront of stadiums, have the best facilities and they have fallen behind."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Maur convincing to do

    Man Utd must convince Mauricio Pochettino he is their No1 target to take over next season, reports say.

    According to the Daily Mail, ex-Tottenham boss Poch must feel he is United's top choice before agreeing to move to Manchester.

    The former Spurs gaffer is said to be keen on a move back to England having lived in a Paris hotel for the last 14 months while his family still live in London.

    But Ajax's boss Erik Ten Hag has also emerged as a genuine contender for the United role.

  • Jack Figg

    Morning, United fans

    Cristiano Ronaldo wants United's players and fans to 'show why Old Trafford is known as the Theatre of Dreams' – by securing a Champions League quarter-finals spot.

    Ron wants the Red Devils to follow his hat-trick heroics in sinking Tottenham on Saturday by seeing off Atletico Madrid tonight.

    With United level at 1-1 after the first leg in Spain, the all-time great scorer said: “Let’s recreate the amazing atmosphere that we saw in our last home game.

    “Let’s keep our Champions League dream alive! We are Man Utd! Let’s do this together! Let’s go, Devils!”

    Old Trafford interim boss Ralf Rangnick claims victory this evening will indicate the Red Devils are back in the European elite.

    It comes as United are tipped to make a massive summer bid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

    Reports also suggest appointing PSG chief Mauricio Pochettino as permanent boss would boost any hopes of signing the England skipper.

    Poch and Kane led Spurs to the 2019 Champions League final.

    Finally, it's claimed United could opt to DEMOLISH Old Trafford.

    But that's thought to be just one of three alternatives for upgrading the stadium situation.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Man City target Haaland tipped for Spain

    Manchester City still face a battle for Erling Haaland as Real Madrid and Barcelona believe he prefers a move to Spain.

    Pep Guardiola’s champs want to do a deal this summer to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker, who has a £64million release clause in his contract.

    That puts City in pole position as their major rivals Madrid and Barca would rather wait for at least another 12 months.

    Both the LaLiga giants are convinced Spain is the 21-year-old’s preference at this stage of his career.

    City are likely to tell him his dream of playing in Spain — where he already owns a property — can still be realised in a few years’ time.

    Haaland’s dad Alf-Inge, who played for City from 2000-03, is happy for him to follow in his footsteps.

    Dortmund plan to have one last go at trying to talk Haaland into staying for another 12 months, by making him the best-paid player in their history.

    That would play into Real’s hands as they want to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG this summer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Teddy backs Pochettino 'philosophy' for Utd

    Here's Teddy Sheringham's verdict on Mauricio Pochettino and Old Trafford: "When you look at what Man United demand, what their supporters demand from the last 30 years and what Sir Alex told us he demanded, because of what the supporters expected, because of the Busby Babes all those years ago and the way they played football – we were told not just to win, but win in style – take the game to the opposition.

    “Don’t be scared of the opposition, go for the throat all the time and see what happens.

    “When you look at certain managers around and how they play the game, I think for me, Pochettino controls the ball like Pep Guardiola.

    “It’s not about defending, and hitting other people on the break and working your way around that. He wants to dominate the ball.

    “It’s what Manchester United fans demand, and I think he would be the ideal manager.

    “I know he’s had a blip again in the last Champions League game and everyone’s saying ‘it’s Pochettino, he can’t whatever’, but I think the way he plays the game, and his philosophies on football, I think he’d be ideal for Manchester United.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Red Devils need Poch'

    Manchester United must bring in Mauricio Pochettino and get back to no-fear football like they played under Sir Alex Ferguson.

    That is how United keep “phenomenal” Cristiano Ronaldo and let the good times roll again at Old Trafford, according to Teddy Sheringham.

    The former United striker knows a thing or two about bagging silverware in the twilight of his career, having played a massive part of the club’s glorious Treble-winning season of 1998-99.

    And he believes the Red Devils need to banish the fear factor and “go for the throat” like Fergie’s teams did if Ronaldo stands a chance of winning trophies in his second stint at the club.

    The Portuguese superstar bagged a hat-trick in a masterful performance as United beat Tottenham 3-2 on Saturday.

    But doubts linger over whether he will stay beyond the summer — when United are set to target Paris Saint-Germain boss Poch.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Joyous Mik's emotions at draw

    Mikael Silvestre has revealed his delight after being asked to help with the upcoming Champions League draw – despite the last one being botched by bungling Uefa.

    In December, the draw for the last 16 had to be redone after a major blunder saw Manchester United paired with Villarreal – despite the two coming out of the same group.

    United were then drawn against Paris Saint-Germain – but having not had their ball added back into the pot to face Atletico Madrid, another entire redraw was ordered once the second huge gaffe was spotted.

    After a chaotic hour, the last 16 line up was finally completed within the laws of the competition. That day, ex-Arsenal ace Andrey Arshavin helped conduct the draw for the 'Road to St Petersburg'.

    However, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the city has now been stripped of the Champions League final – with Paris stepping in. And it's French former Arsenal and Man Utd defender Silvestre who will help oversee the draw for the quarter-final, semi-final and final on Friday, March 18.

    Despite the drama from December, the former Premier League star seemed in excited mood over his appointment. A delighted Silvestre tweeted: "I'm honoured to announce that I will be doing the #UCL quarter-final, semi-final & final draws that take place on March 18th."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Dalot slated for his driving

    Manchester United ace Diogo Dalot has been slammed by road safety groups after his Mercedes 4×4 was caught on camera speeding through a red light.

    The Portuguese defender’s luxury £100,000 G Wagon accelerated through the junction near the club’s training ground.

    Drivers who jump a red light face fines of up to £1,000 and six penalty points.

    An AA spokesman said: “The driver risked seriously injuring occupants in another car.”

    Dalot, 22, signed from Porto in 2018 for £19million and was loaned to AC Milan last season.

    His customised G63 off-road motor has a 149mph top speed.

    Dalot’s agent and United were asked for comment on the incident in Carrington, Gtr Manchester.

    Police did not receive a complaint.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Show why it's called Theatre of Dreams'

    Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a passionate rallying cry to Manchester United fans ahead of their crunch clash against Atletico Madrid.

    The Red Devils host the LaLiga giants in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night following their 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital.

    And Ronaldo – who scored a hat-trick in the 3-2 win over Tottenham – has urged fans to play their part in keeping the club's European dream alive.

    Taking to Instagram, the Portuguese ace shared a picture of himself in training, captioned with a message to supporters – demanding them to 'recreate the amazing atmosphere' from Saturday's win.

    Ronaldo, 37, wrote: "Tomorrow is one of those days that we’ve all been waiting for.

    "One of those chances to show the world the reason why Old Trafford is known as the Theatre of Dreams.

    "Let’s recreate the amazing atmosphere that we saw in our last home game.

    "Let’s keep our Champions League dream alive!

    "We are Man Utd! Let’s do this together! Let’s go, Devils!"

  • Ian Tuckey

    Barca ruled out of Haaland race

    Barcelona have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Erling Haaland with the crisis club told they are £120MILLION over their spending limit, writes DAVE FRASER.

    LaLiga announced new spending limits for all 20 top-flight clubs on Monday.

    And Barca have been told they must make FOUR TIMES as much on player sales and wage cuts than they're allowed to spend in a huge blow to their summer plans.

    The financially-strapped giants have been told they are £121m over the permitted limit – the only club to be red, with rivals Real Madrid allowed to spend up to £622m – a massive £743m difference.

    Under LaLiga's financial fair play rules, clubs over the limit must obey the 1:4 ratio to all transactions – meaning they must make four times what they spend.

    For example, should they spend £63m on Haaland – his rumoured release fee – they would have to make a staggering £252m first.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd linked with summer bid for Kane

    Manchester United are plotting a summer move for Harry Kane, according to reports.

    Kane, 28, is open to leaving Tottenham after failing to secure a move to Manchester City last year.

    But with The Citizens now intent on signing Erling Haaland instead, United now have a chance to land Kane.

    And the Red Devils are considering a fresh approach for the England captain, report The Mirror.

    They may even be able to persuade him to move to Old Trafford by appointing Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino.

    The Argentine has a strong relationship with Kane from their time together at Spurs, with Pochettino still keeping in contact with the striker.

    Kane has remained patient for his blockbuster move but Daniel Levy could allow him to leave in the summer. It could be the last chance Spurs have to rake in a massive sum for Kane as he will only have two years left on his contract by then. He will also turn 29 in the summer so will gradually begin to lose value.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ronaldo better than 'emotionless alien' Messi

    Paulo Di Canio has SLAMMED Lionel Messi for being an emotionless alien and is firmly Team Ronaldo, writes Kealan Hughes

    The West Ham legend, 53, was impressed by Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick against Tottenham in reaction to Ralf Rangnick leaving him out of the team for the Manchester derby.

    Messi, by contrast, was booed by his own fans for the first time in his career against Bordeaux on Sunday but did not react – leaving Di Canio puzzled.

    He said on Sky Italia: "Messi left the pitch scratching his head, he has no emotions.

    "I prefer Cristiano Ronaldo. ‘Do you want me to sit on the bench against Man City?’

    “I go back to Portugal, then I return and score a hat-trick. I prefer the human who has a soul to the alien without emotions.

    "Messi showed his personality limits. Of course, he can be booed. There were thousands of fans waiting for him. They were dreaming, but his behaviour was not the right one."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Old Trafford 'could be demolished'

    Manchester United chiefs are considering DEMOLISHING Old Trafford, according to sensational reports.

    The Premier League giants have played their football at the same ground for 112 years.

    But with Old Trafford slipping behind its rivals in terms of being fit for the modern-day game, United officials are said to be considering a major revamp.

    Sportsmail claims Man Utd chiefs have THREE options on the table for improving their stadium situation.

    One of them involves knocking Old Trafford down and starting from scratch on the same site.

    And while it's not the Glazers' No1 option as things stand, the report claims it is a very real possibility.

    The club have acres of land to utilise on their Stretford site, with a new stadium comfortably the best option for bringing the ground into the 21st century.

    However, it would easily be the most expensive and would see them become 'homeless' for around two years – with United entertaining two other proposals.

    The South Stand currently poses the biggest problem, with a railway line directly behind meaning any expansions would require major work.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Man Utd will want Tuchel'

    Manchester United will want Thomas Tuchel and the Chelsea boss could be interested, says Jamie Carragher.

    The Red Devils are on the search for a new manager to take over in the summer and have been heavily linked to Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag.

    But now Chelsea's future has been thrown into uncertainty it is possible Tuchel would be open to jumping ship.

    He has stated there is no way he will leave before the summer and is committed to the club but Carragher argues he may not be telling the whole truth about how he feels.

    Carra told Sky Sports: "I think it is realistic in that if you are Manchester United why wouldn't you ask that question?

    "Unfortunately with the situation that Chelsea find themselves in, other clubs will be looking at their situation in terms of players or managers going forward, that's the nature of the beast.

    "He's one of the best managers in world football and United are looking for one but I think he's come out and said that he's committed to the club and I'm sure that's what he's got to say.

    "But there are uncertain times for Chelsea because you don't know what the ownership is going to be towards the end of the season. He's 100 per cent the most important person you have to keep in place as a new owner. In terms of Thomas Tuchel, they have a guy – and there's very few of them in world football – who can compete with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola."

  • Ian Tuckey

    How I got Sancho firing

    Ralf Rangnick has sung the praises of Jadon Sancho following the winger's impressive recent form.

    The England star, 21, initially struggled at Manchester United after his blockbuster move but he is proving to be a key player under Rangnick.

    The German boss says Sancho is back to being the exciting attacker who lit up the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.

    Sancho has two goals and three assists in his last six Premier League games – having failed to find the net under previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Commenting on Sancho's form, Rangnick said: "He is now recognisable as the Jadon Sancho I have known since he was 18. Yes, this has also not always been the case, if we're honest, in the weeks and months before I came.“Jadon Sancho is now getting closer to the Jadon Sancho I've known from Germany. In the end it's all about confidence.

    “Game time, confidence. Confidence, game time. He was performing at a very high level.

    “We can only be successful as a team. If you're not being successful, if you're not playing well as a team, tell me one single player in football who can still develop his own career.

    “It's impossible. It's only possible with raising the level of performance of the whole team. This is what happened [against Spurs].”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ronaldo tops the lot

    Cristiano Ronaldo officially became Fifa's record goalscorer following his hat-trick against Tottenham on Saturday evening.

    The Portuguese superstar's second goal of the match took him to 806 for his career – overtaking Austrian legend Josef Bican's long-standing record tally of 805.

    Ronaldo then went on to score his 807th late on in the game as he helped himself to a remarkable 59th hat-trick of his professional career.

    He has now netted 692 times at club level and 115 times for Portugal – where he also holds the record for the most international goals of all time.

    But his goalscoring began way back in the 2002/03 season when he netted five times for Sporting Lisbon.

    He then transferred to Manchester United for his first spell at the club – a period which would catapult him to superstardom.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rangnick wants Utd to show they're back in Euro elite

    Old Trafford interim boss Ralf Rangnick believes tomorrow's Champions League last-16 second leg at home to Atletico Madrid is a chance for United to show they're back in the elite.

    With the Red Devils level at 1-1, Rangnick wants a repeat of the levels shown when Cristiano Ronaldo's treble sunk Spurs 3-2 on Saturday.

    He said: “We have a fantastic opportunity to be in the top eight teams in Europe and this is exactly what we're trying to achieve.

    “We are highly ambitious, we want to proceed, we want to show we can compete with the best teams in Europe.    

    “The performance against Tottenham showed the level we can play and I'm sure we can win the game.”    

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ralf demands Ron keeps high standards

    Ralf Rangick has called for more of the same from Cristiano Ronaldo to fire Manchester United into the last eight of the Champions League, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    Ronaldo ended a barren spell of one goal from ten games in spectacular fashion with a hat-trick in the Red Devils' 3-2 win over Spurs on Saturday.

    Now just 72 hours on he is backing the 37-year-old veteran to rewind the clock again with another spectacular show at Old Trafford.

    Manager Rangnick said: “He showed against Tottenham what kind of a professional player he is, what kind of level he can still play at.

    “With performances like that he showed, he's still a very important player for this team and he can make the difference for us.”

    Rangnick will start the goalscoring legend convinced that the short gap between Saturday’s game and this last 16 second-leg tie will not hold him back.

    He said: “I'm not worried that he has not been able to recover.

    “So far he's always been a person that looks after himself a lot, he knows exactly what to do.

    “I'm not worried about that. If he can score another three goals we'll see. His overall performance was good, very good, on Saturday and hopefully, we get this from him against Atletico.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Fernandes back in training

    Bruno Fernandeswas back in training this morning ahead of tomorrow's Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.

    The Portuguese playmaker missed Saturday’s 3-2 home win against Tottenham after testing positive last week for Covid-19.

    However, the midfielder reported to Carrington earlier today, and is now believed to be in contention for Tuesday’s second leg.

    Fernandes has been crucial to United’s Champions League performances this season, contributing seven assists in the competition – including at least one in every game he’s played.

    The Red Devils are locked at 1-1 with Atletico following the draw in Spain three weeks ago.

  • Sam Dymond

    Ralf has no worries over Ronaldo

    Ralf Rangnick believes Cristiano Ronaldo is more than fit enough to play two crunch games in four days.

    The Portuguese forward hit a stunning hat-trick against Tottenham on Saturday, and the interim United boss believes the 37-year-old is capable of another match-winning performance.

    However, the German urged caution, and emphasised that the whole team must improve on their first leg showing if they are to make it through to the last eight.

    Rangnick said: "I'm not worried that he's been unable to recover, he's always been a person that looks after himself and his body. He knows exactly what to do.

    "Can he can score another three goals? We will see, but it's not easy to score three goals against this team at all. His overall performance [against Tottenham] was very good, and this is what we hope to get from him again tomorrow night."

    "It's not just about Cristiano though, it's about the whole team. We saw in the first half in Madrid what we shouldn't do, how we should not play, and this was a big topic for us yesterday and today when we spoke about tomorrow's game.

    "We have to know what it tactically takes and the rest is about energy."

  • Sam Dymond

    Rangnick provides United fitness update

    Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has arrived for his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid, and has immediately offered an update as to the situation regarding those returning players.

    The German coach said: "We have all of our players available for the game tomorrow. There is a small question mark over Luke Shaw, but he has been training yesterday and today so we have to wait to see if he is fully fit and available for the game.

    "All the other players are back in training and are available. [Bruno Fernandes] tested negative [for Covid-19] yesterday and that was the reason he could train today."

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