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Star signing and club legend Cristiano Ronaldo has become concerned by the difference in standards between his first and current spell at Old Trafford.
Many United fans would love Erik Ten Hag to be the next man in charge but the Dutchman hesitates to leave Ajax in the middle of the season.
And finally, forgotten man Phil Jones attracts interest from the richest club in world football.
Ronaldo a part of player revolt
After yet another disgraceful performance, this time to Manchester City, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be under pressure which may be too much to handle. Often the final nail in the managerial coffin tends to be the players turning against the manager and this, according to reports, is exactly what’s happening at Old Trafford.
The Daily Mail has damningly reported Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘alarmed’ by the drop in standards since he first left the club back in 2009.
A worrying report considering Ronaldo has been recognised as the only player that has kept Solskjaer in the job with his array of important goals, particularly in the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly become shocked at the dip in standards at Old Trafford (Image: Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images) The report has also suggested Bruno Fernandes has become frustrated by the lack of direction from Solskjaer and despite the plan being to stick with the Norweigan until at least the end of the season, the humiliating defeats against Liverpool and Man City respectively have now changed things.
It’s an encouraging time if you think Solskjaer isn’t the man for United. Worrying times if you’re the Norweigan.
Target Ten Hag delivers United blow
The MEN understands Solskjaer is still on borrowed time as United manager and although it looks unlikely to turn things around, the club are yet to identify an obvious replacement should they decide to make a change.
One name in which man United fans would love to see take over as Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag. Although relatively early on in his career, Ten Hag has attracted many plaudits through his exciting brand of football and boasts an impressive record with the Dutch club, winning two Eredivisie titles in the process.
However, The Sun has reported that the Dutchman is ‘reluctant’ to leave Ajax in the middle of the season- should United look to replace Solskjaer anytime soon.
This will leave many United fans disappointed but it’s a double-edged sword. Although Ten Hag would be a great appointment, to stick under current management until the end of the season could mean things get even worse at Old Trafford and many potential candidates for the job will be put off if United perhaps fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.
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Newcastle approach Phil Jones
Since January last year, Phil Jones has not played in a competitive match for Manchester United. His injuries have been a nightmare and have set back the 29-year-old’s career massively.
With United signing Raphael Varane in the summer, Jones was shifted even further down the pecking order and to say his game time at Old Trafford is limited, would be the understatement of the year.
However, Jones has been offered a lifeline, as The Shield Gazzette reports, Newcastle United are amongst the clubs interested in signing the defender. After recently being taken over by new owners which sees them become the richest team in world football, Eddie Howe is set to take over as manager and sees Jones as a great option on a loan deal.
If this deal was to be completed, on a loan basis or otherwise, it seems to be a move in which would benefit all parties involved.
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