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UNITED LATEST 7:56, 1 Dec 2021Updated: 7:56, 1 Dec 2021RALF RANGNICK has been confirmed as the new Manchester United manager until the end of the season.

The former Lokomotiv Moscow sporting director is also interested in RB Leipzig’s £33m midfielder Amadou Haidara.

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

But surprisingly, Roberto Mancini is being linked with the permanent United post, despite previously managing City.

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at a story from France Football Editor-in-Chief Pascal Ferre, which said he wouldn’t retire until he had won more Ballon d’Or’s than Lionel Messi.

However, Ronaldo did tell Piers Morgan that that was exactly his ambition in an interview in 2019.

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Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

FESTIVE FIXTURES

Manchester United are in action FIVE times in the next two weeks.

Ralf Rangnick has not had the necessary paperwork completed in order to take charge against Arsenal, so Michael Carrick will be in the dugout again.

How many wins are you expecting at the start of a hectic month of festive fixtures, Red Devils fans?

GREENWOOD DEBATE

Former Manchester United man Teddy Sheringham sees Mason Greenwood as an out-and-out-striker, whereas Denis Irwin reckons he’s better suited in behind the main striker.

Sheringham told the Manchester Evening News via 978bet: “I saw Denis Irwin in Dubai and I spoke to him about Greenwood. 

“I said I thought that’s where Greenwood was going to be heading [playing at centre-forward]. He said to me ‘no he’s more of a number 10’. Again, he’s scored his goals throughout his United career, youth career, but Denis thinks he’s more of a number 10.

“I thought he was developing as a number nine and you know, United were planning on keeping him there for the long run, learning off Cavan. Denis sees it a little bit differently and he sees Greenwood more often than I do.

“He [Greenwood] definitely knows where the goal is. I love the way he finishes, very, very clever.

“Whether he gets in the six-yard box enough for a centre-forward, I don’t know. He scores good goals rather than a lot of goals more often than not, I think.

“If he’s going to learn, if he’s going to be a number nine, then he needs to get in the six-yard box a little bit more often.”

DEFENSIVE PROBLEMS

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has offered his opinion on what incoming Ralf Rangnick needs to do at Old Trafford.

Ince believes the full-backs need to attack more, but they can’t because the club has ‘no pace at the back’.

He told The United Stand: “He [Rangnick] needs to work on getting his full-backs up the pitch and the reason why it’s hard for them to get up the pitch is because they’ve got no pace at the back.

“The full-backs have always been told by the centre-halves to stay alongside me because if it goes over the top we need a bit of pace. That’s the problem.

“I think it’s tough because Bailly is quick but can be erratic at times, but then can be outstanding at times as we saw in the Champions League.

“[Victor] Lindelof’s got no pace… even if you look at Varane who is quick and Bailly, then you’ve got two quick centre-backs.”

NEW NAME

Roberto Mancini is the latest manager to be linked with the Manchester United job.

According to the Telegraph, the Italian has emerged as a ‘surprise contender’ for the role.

The 57-year-old led Italy to Euro 2020 glory in the summer, and has a Premier League title under his belt.

But the problem with that is it came at bitter rivals Man City.

However his history with City has still not ‘discounted’ him from getting the job.

‘TOUGH PERIOD’

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has revealed everyone at the club is ‘really happy’ for Jadon Sancho after the £73million summer signing recently broke his Red Devils duck.

Cavani said: “I reckon that one of the things that scoring goals can give you, a lot of the time, is the sense of assurance and peace of mind to keep on working and training hard.

“I think, a lot of the time in football, you have to have an extra inner strength about you, which is to be able to keep going when on many occasions we don’t get on the scoresheet.

“And being able to always keep your spirits up and maintain that same dedication and hard work, while keeping your fitness levels high.

“We are all really happy for him scoring his first goal. I think it’s been quite a tough period for him, but football is like that.”

GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

Ralf Rangnick reportedly wants to make RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara his first signing at Man United.

The Times claims Rangnick wants to implement an intense pressing style at Old Trafford after completing his move yesterday.

And £33million-rated Haidara is seen as the ideal player to get United moving in the centre of the park.

He played under Rangnick at Leipzig and would jump at the chance of a reunion at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini could be set for a stunning return to the Premier League as United eye up a shock move for the City legend.

According to The Telegraph, Mancini has emerged a “wildcard candidate” to secure the full-time managerial position at the Theatre of Dreams at the end of the season.

The 57-year-old is in demand following his Euro 2020 triumph with Italy in the summer.

And with Rangnick only in charge until June, Mancini could soon be back in the Premier League.

Finally, United are competing with Everton and Southampton for Anderlecht’s Spanish star Sergio Gomez.

The former Barcelona left-back has shone for Vincent Kompany’s side this season, scoring five goals and setting up six more.

The Red Devils, Toffees and Saints scouts all watched the 21-year-old on Saturday – when he scored twice in Anderlecht’s 3-1 win at Charleroi.

The Spain Under-21 ace joined the Belgian giants from Borussia Dortmund in June. He is under contract until 2025.

MONEY MEN

Man Utd’s net spend during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign was the largest in the Premier League.

Will Ralf Rangnick be given funds to spend in January?

Or will the new interim boss be forced to sell before he can buy?

NEXT UP

Let’s take a look at United’s next five games…

STRIKE IT LUCKY

Barcelona have reportedly offered Philippe Coutinho to Manchester United in the hope of signing Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani.

According to Spanish publication Sport, Barcelona chiefs flew to Manchester and asked United ‘about several footballers’, namely Martial and Cavani.

There were also discussions with Pep Guardiola’s City for Ferran Torres, with Coutinho being offered as a makeweight in all discussions.

BALLS OF STEEL

Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Bryan Robson was his greatest captain – because he ‘had the balls’ to stand up to him.

Fergie explained: “He was easily the best captain I had. I think over the period he was at United, he was the best player.

“The players loved him. They responded to him and he was the longest-serving captain in my time anyway.

“It’s difficult for a captain because sometimes he has to tell the truth to players, you know?

“The encouragement he’s got to give them sometimes can be quite volatile and he was like that, but the players did love him.

“They appreciated the time he took on them and another thing, he’s the only captain I knew who could make a decision on the pitch. He didn’t need to look over to me.

“He would do that and that’s unusual. In fact it’s very unusual because he had the balls to do that.”

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Man Utd host Arsenal on Thursday in what is sure to be a mouth-watering encounter.

Both sides have players in mixed form ahead of the crunch Premier League clash.

But is this the best possible combined XI between the two clubs?

BETTER THE RED DEVIL YOU KNOW

Jesse Lingard beamed with delight as he posed next to global superstar Kylie Mingoue before she attended The Fashion Awards on Monday night.

The Manchester United attacking midfielder, 28, took to his Instagram story to share a snap of the two together.

In the photo that was uploaded to his nine million followers, the two can be seen with their arm around one another.

Lingard was pictured in his Red Devils tracksuit, while Minogue, 53, opted for a casual look wearing a black top, jumper and jeans.

BROZ BUY

Newcastle bosses are reportedly ready to open their wallets and offer ‘crazy money’ in order to convince Marcelo Brozovic to join the club.

The 29-year-old Inter midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and is also a target for Manchester United.

Newcastle, according to The Athletic, are willing to offer mouth watering figures in a bid to land the Croatian international when negotiations can begin on January 1.

But with Newcastle yet to win a league game this campaign and currently rooted to the bottom of the table, Brozovic is unlikely to be willing to agree terms in January.

RON WISH

Cristiano Ronaldo told Piers Morgan he wanted to ‘win the most golden balls in the history of football’ in 2019.

The Manchester United star is fuming with France Football after its editor Pascal Ferre claimed Ronaldo had revealed to him his only career goal was to win more Ballon d’Ors than Messi.

But when quizzed by Morgan on what records he wanted to set before retiring, Ronaldo told ITV in 2019: “The most golden balls in the history of football.

“I will love it and I think I deserve it. Messi is a fantastic guy and a fantastic player, but I think after I have six, or seven, or eight then I’ll be more above him.”

MIND THE GAP

Ralf Rangnick has won just ONE major honour compared to Premier League rivals Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

With fans excited to see how Man United will look under Rangnick, supporters may have to settle for a season without trophies judging by his silverware record.

Here, SunSport takes a look at Rangnick’s trophy haul in terms of league titles, national cups and European honours compared to Guardiola, Klopp and Tuchel…

ON THE GO

Man Utd are competing with Everton and Southampton for Anderlecht’s Spanish star Sergio Gomez.

The former Barcelona left-back has shone for Vincent Kompany’s side this season, scoring five goals and setting up six more.

The Red Devils, Toffees and Saints scouts all watched the 21-year-old on Saturday – when he scored twice in Anderlecht’s 3-1 win at Charleroi.

The Spain Under-21 ace joined the Belgian giants from Borussia Dortmund in June. He is under contract until 2025.

RED GESTURE

Manchester United have given fans permission to hold up an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer banner at their match against Arsenal on Thursday.

Supporters are said to have approached the club about the touching gesture and Old Trafford chiefs have approved.

The enormous banner will be held aloft in the Stretford End, according to ESPN.

Arsenal’s visit is United’s first home match since the Norwegian club legend was let go.

BLUE TO RED?

Roberto Mancini could be set for a stunning return to the Premier League as Manchester United eye up a shock move for the City legend.

According to The Telegraph, Mancini has emerged a “wildcard candidate” to secure the full-time managerial position at Old Trafford at the end of the season.

The 57-year-old is in demand following his Euro 2020 triumph with Italy in the summer.

And with Ralf Rangnick only in charge until June, Mancini could soon be back in the Premier League.

NEXT UP

Let’s take a look at United’s next five games…

RALF MOVE

Ralf Rangnick reportedly wants to make RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara his first signing at Man United.

The Times claims Rangnick wants to implement an intense pressing style at Old Trafford after completing his move yesterday.

And £33million-rated Haidara is seen as the ideal player to get United moving in the centre of the park.

He played under Rangnick at Leipzig and would jump at the chance of a reunion at Old Trafford.

VLA LA LAND

Tottenham are reportedly preparing a mega-January bid for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

TuttoMercato claims Antonio Conte has identified the 21-year-old Serb as Harry Kane’s ‘successor’.

Vlahovic is a reported target for both Manchester United and Arsenal.

The 6ft 3in hitman is valued at £70million and has scored 13 times in all competitions this season.

SWAP DEAL

Barcelona have offered Manchester United the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho in swap deals for either Anthony Martial or Edinson Cavani, according to Sport.

Barcelona’s transfer focus has switched from big-money signings to swap or loan deals following their massive financial struggles in recent seasons. Nevertheless, they still have interest in some of Europe’s top players.

Sport report Barcelona’s main focus is on signing a striker in the January transfer window. As such, club executive Mateu Alemany and CEO Ferran Reverter travelled to Manchester last week.

MORE FROM GREENING

Former Manchester United player Jonathan Greening backs Bruno Fernandes to return to his best form.

He admitted the Portuguese has lost his spark and suggested Donny van de Beek could potentially take his place if he does not improve his goal and assist output.

Speaking to MyBettingSites, he said: It’s a strange one with Bruno Fernandes. His energy and enthusiasm is still there but he’s just lacking that final creative ball. He’s missing the target a lot and hitting the ball over the bar as well, but he is still registering a few assists.

“His goals and assists over the last couple of seasons, since he’s been at United, has earned him a bit of leeway to stay in the team but if this dry run of games without a goal continues, it might be time to take him out the side.

“But given his recent history with all the goals and assists he’s got, which is phenomenal, then he deserves to stay in the team.

“Donny van de Beek has been really unlucky. He came in from Ajax and everyone was expecting really big things, including me.

“He’s a very clever footballer and he can dictate the pace of the game, put tackles in and score goals but he just hasn’t had the minutes.

“Now’s his chance to impress the new manager. He [van de Beek] must show him [Rangnick] between now and the end of the season that he deserves his spot in the team. A

“And when he does get his chance, at a club like United, he has to take it. If he gets one, two, or three games in the team, he needs to show that he deserves it.”

‘FRUSTRATING’

Former Manchester United player Jonathan Greening wants Paul Pogba to stop playing games and show he wants to be a united player through his performances on the pitch.

He told MyBettingSites: “Most people are frustrated by Paul Pogba. We all know that on his day, he can be world class, teams can’t get the ball off him, he can take players on, can find an unbelievable pass, score goals or do a bit of skill that no one has ever seen before.

“But it only happens once every eight or nine games and the rest of the games, he’s lethargic and loses the ball. Fans are just frustrated now.

“The way that Pogba and his agent [Mino Raiola] leak things about new clubs, and new contracts have always left a sour taste in fans mouths as well as with former coaches like Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

“His contract is up at the end of the season and he’s yet to sign a new one so he’s free to sign a pre-contract agreement in January with a foreign club. He might be playing a game where he says he wants to stay under the new manager just so he can get his contract offer bumped up a bit, you just never know with him.

“The biggest disappointment is that we see him in major tournaments with France and he’s superb and wins trophies with them.

“But at United, he just seems to be a bit lackluster and doesn’t seem to have that same energy and passion for every game like a United player should.

“He turns up a couple of times and then goes missing for a while, then he’ll pick up a little injury and miss even more and throughout that, there’s stories coming out about his future.

“He just needs to concentrate on his football and if he does want to stay at United, he needs to show it on the pitch; that’s the best way to do it and show that fans that he wants to be a United player.”

NICK HIM AWAY

Manchester United remain interested in a move for Atlético Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier, but the decision now rests in Ralf Rangnick’s hands.

That’s according to AS, who say sources at Old Trafford say that Trippier is ‘still on the agenda’ for them, but it will be up to Rangnick to sign him.

They explain that Atlético refused to negotiate for Trippier in the summer when Manchester United were keen to add him as competition for Aaron Wan Bissaka.

He stayed in Spain, but there are ‘several suitors’ for him in England, and Manchester United remain in the hunt, with it stated they are still ‘eyeing him up’.

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