Manchester United will be targeting an immediate response when they travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham United on Sunday afternoon following Tuesday evening’s 2-1 defeat to Young Boys.
United’s 2021/22 UEFA Champions League campaign got off to the worst possible start against the Swiss outfit, squandering a one-goal lead against David Wagner’s side after they netted a 95th minute winner.
Nevertheless, United can ill-afford to dwell too much on what happened in Switzerland, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tasked with getting his players ready for the weekend’s clash with the Hammers.
The clash with West Ham will see United looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign and go in search of a third successive victory, following last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Newcastle.
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Fernandes ‘closing in on £250,000 per week’ dealBruno Fernandes is closing in on signing a new five-year deal at Old Trafford which will be worth more than £250,000-a-week, according to The Sun.
It’s said Fernandes has been ‘in talks for months’ and that’s he now close to putting pen to paper. It’s claimed his decision to stay at United was made easier by Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival.
The article reports Fernandes’ new contract could be announced in the coming weeks.
Barnes makes Ronaldo predictionJohn Barnes doesn’t think Ronaldo will perform ‘week in, week out’.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a fantastic player but who knows what long-term impact he’ll have at Manchester United? Obviously, he’s a fantastic player but at 36, he’s not going to be doing that week in, week out,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets.
“What will happen to players like Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, if they aren’t playing because Ronaldo is there – it’s going to stifle their development.
“It was a fantastic start for him at Manchester United by scoring two goals against Newcastle and once against Young Boys.
“He’s regarded as one of the world’s best players, but at 36, he’s not going to have that impact week in week out, so, only time will tell, but it has strengthened Man United because they now have lots of options and strength in depth.”
Ronaldo has three goals in two games for United. (Image: 2021 Eurasia Sport Images)Steven Railston
Villarreal boss Emery sends warning to UnitedVillarreal boss Unai Emery has admitted he ‘wouldn’t rule out a surprise’ from Manchester United’s Champions League group.
United lost on penalties to Emery’s Villarreal in the Europa League final in Gdansk last season and the two sides are set to rekindle their rivalry this term after being drawn in the same Champions League group stage in which the Reds were favourites to win.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost 2-1 to BSC Young Boys on Tuesday night after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card changed the complexion of that opening game, though, and that means the group is now ‘complicated’, according to former Arsenal manager Emery.
Click here to read what Emery had to say.
Villarreal’s Unai Emery, (Image: Jose Miguel Fernandez/NurPhoto)Steven Railston
Young Boys defender praises United’s Champions League tacticsBSC Young Boys’ Sandro Lauper has claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics made ‘things difficult’ in the Champions League.
Although Machester United opened the scoring in Switzerland through Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday night, the game’s momentum shifted into the hosts’ favour when Aaron Wan-Bissaka received a straight red card for a reckless challenge.
Young Boys eventually drew level and, while United initially held firm, they found a dramatic winner deep in stoppage time.
Solskjaer made multiple substitutions and tactical tweaks during that game, which some felt were too negative. But amidst the scrutiny the United boss has received for his decisions, Young Boys’ Lauper has paid his tactics a compliment.
Read what Lauper said here.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds fans. (Image: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds fans.)Steven Railston
Ferdinand reveals what Rooney is like as a managerRio Ferdinand has revealed Wayne Rooney is the ‘total opposite’ as a manager compared to his personality as a player.
Since leaving Manchester United four years ago, Rooney has enjoyed spells at Everton, D.C. United and Derby County.
It was at the latter where he transitioned into a player-manager role before eventually becoming the Championship sides’ permanent manager after hanging up his boots, though, and he now has the tough task of maintaining the club’s second division status again this term.
Ferdinand, who played alongside Rooney at Old Trafford for 10 trophy-laden years, has offered unique insight into what Rooney the manager is like at Derby after visiting his former teammate at training and the impression he made is not what you might expect.
See what Ferdinand had to say here.
Ferdinand offered unique insight into Rooney as a manager. (Image: Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube)Steven Railston
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