Ronaldo’s future at Man Utd hinges on management appointment
Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly considering his future at Old Trafford, although he did not join Manchester United until the end of August. The Star reveal that the Portugal international could leave the Premier League club again this summer if he is unhappy with the club’s appointment of his next permanent manager. Ronaldo is reportedly disappointed with United’s form this season and a disappointing management appointment could lead to an early exit at the end of the season. Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers have all been linked with work at Manchester United.
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Paper Round’s point of view: Ronaldo must have thought he would return to Old Trafford with a heroic welcome and take the Red Devils back to the glory days of yesteryear. It turns out that he only received the hero’s welcome. United seem far behind pace in the Premier League title race, despite adding Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho to their squad last summer. Their only chance for silver this season will come in the Champions League or the FA Cup, but they are unlikely to prove to be good enough to become European Champions. The next leadership appointment has now added additional pressure. Good luck to new Managing Director Richard Arnold.
Pogba offered a record deal to Old Trafford
Manchester United are desperate to keep Paul Pogba, whose current contract at Old Trafford will expire at the end of the season. The World Cup winner is already in a position to start negotiations with foreign clubs and has attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and his former club Juventus. However, the Sun say United have filed a contract extension worth Â£ 500,000 per week which would make Pogba the highest paid player in Premier League history. The 28-year-old is still unsure whether he will stay at Manchester or take on a new challenge.
Paper Round’s point of view: That’s a huge amount of money to pay for someone who isn’t even among the three most important players in the Manchester United squad. Obviously it would be a nightmare to let Pogba go for free this summerâ¦ especially since he already left Old Trafford for free in 2012. However, the solution shouldn’t be to throw a record contract on the table just to keep him. . United must formulate a clear plan if they are to build their future plans around Pogba. Identify a new long-term coach and find out if they want to make the Frenchman a key part of their squad before tying him to a ridiculous contract.
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Newacastle wants to add attackers in January
Newcastle United plan to add offensive depth to their squad in the winter transfer window. The Telegraph reveals that four players are on the Magpies’ radar in January: Divock Origi of Liverpool, Dominic Solanke of Bournemouth, Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal and Todd Cantwell of Norwich City. Starting forward Callum Wilson has been sidelined with a calf injury for at least six weeks, meaning a center forward has now become a priority signing. Newcastle have already inquired about Nketiah but are trying to find the “right deal”. Origi is reportedly available for Â£ 7million, while Bournemouth is not interested in selling in January.
Paper Round’s point of view: Newcastle are set to make Kieran Trippier the club’s first signing of their new era, but there is still a lot of work to be done in the January transfer window. Tyneside club have only won once in their first 19 top-level appearances this campaign and they are embroiled in a fierce relegation battle. Newcastle obviously have the financial edge over their rivals, but they still need to be smart about the transfer market. Nketiah and Origi represent discounted options that would add an offensive threat. Signing them both in January – if they can get the deals done – wouldn’t be the worst idea.
Why Man Utd opted against Conte’s nomination
The Telegraph reveals that Manchester United considered appointing Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte before sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this season. The Italian was unemployed at the time after leading Inter Milan to Serie A glory in the 2020-21 campaign. However, United let the opportunity to nominate Conte slip away, fearing that his demanding style could hurt their young side. The Manchester club board doubted the team would be able to cope with Conte’s “micro-management and intense demands”, which led to the appointment of interim Ralf Rangnick.
Paper Round’s point of view: That says more about the Manchester United board and the team than Conte. He is a coach who has won several Serie A titles at several clubs, as well as a Premier League title and an FA Cup. He is consistently called a ‘series winner’ but United’s board believe it would have been too intense for his side. Does that mean they wouldn’t have named Sir Alex Ferguson if he was in his prime? He’s just a cop and that probably means the United squad just lack real leadership and proper responsibility. Conte was the best manager available and United failed to hire him.
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