RONALDO ON SIX-MAN AWARD NOMINEES LIST
Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award. The nominees for the award was released earlier this week. Ronaldo was one of six nominees on the list after he finished at the topscorer on his return to Manchester United last summer.
37-year-old Ronaldo made his return to Manchester United at the start of the just concluded season after his transfer from Italian team Juventus was secured. The Portuguese international had one year left on his contract with the Old Lady when he left the Italian Serie A outfit to sign for the Red Devils.
RANGNICK TO END UNITED MANAGERIAL CAREER
Ex-RB Leipzig and TSG Hoffenheim boss Ralf Rangnick will end his short managerial career at Manchester United when he takes the first team to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday. Rangnick was named the interim manager at Manchester United towards the end of last year.
The Crystal Palace game would be the last one for Rangnick as the interim manager at Old Trafford having replaced Michael Carrick who was the caretaker manager. Carrick managed the first team for three games shortly after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked at the end of November. Ironically, Rangnick was the Manchester United manager for the first time for the visit of Crystal Palace in December. Brazilian internationalFred was the matchwinner after he scored the only goal of the game in the second half to propel Manchester United to a 1-0 victory over the Eagles.
CHELSEA’S LAST 5 LEAGUE GAMES COMPARES TO UNITED, OTHERS
Chelsea have five Premier League games to secure a place in the Champions League next season and are firmly in the driving seat to do so. The Premier League season is approaching its tensest stage with the title, top four and relegation all still to be decided. But Chelsea fans can relax with their side largely existing outside of the chaos this time around.
While Thomas Tuchel's side are yet to confirm their place in next season's Champions League, the Blues are sitting comfortably in third place in the table, cut adrift of the title race but also eight points clear of fifth-place Tottenham. They may not admit it yet, but focus will no doubt be turning to an FA Cup Final clash with Liverpool in a couple of weeks' time.
UNITED EYEING WIN AT EVERTON
Manchester United are eyeing a return to winning ways at struggling Everton in the Premier League this weekend to boost their quest for a top-four finish.
The Red Devils are one of the teams vying for a place in the top four and they received1a major setback in their quest to meet the target following the 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City in the Premier League last weekend. To this effect, they would be hoping to bounce back with a win against hosts Everton this weekend.
Under Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United have been inconsistent and they need to do better if they want to play Champions League football next season. Only a place in the top four will give them Champions League football.
UNITED SUFFER SECOND DEFEAT IN THREE
Manchester United have suffered a second defeat in three games in all competitions after they were beaten at home by Spanish La Liga champions Atletico Madrid as they crashed out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage. The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 at home by their Spanish opponents to add to the defeat suffered at the hands of Manchester City in the Premier League Manchester Derby over the last three matches in all competitions.
UNITED UNBEATEN RUN ENDED BY CITY
Manchester United were on a lengthy unbeaten run before they played Manchester City in the Manchester Derby on the Premier League stage on Sunday. The Red Devils were on a run of eleven (11) games without defeat in all competitions with eight of the games coming in the Premier League before the City game. At the end of their Manchester Derby clash with the Citizens, Manchester United had lost their unbeaten run due to the 4-1 defeat suffered at the hands of their rivals.
MANCHESTER UNITED EYEING THIRD SUCCESSIVE WIN
Manchester United have their eyes set on a third successive win ahead of their Champions League trip to Madrid to take on Spanish La Liga holders Atletico Madrid. The Reds Devils have won their last two games in all competitions and they can make it three wins on the bounce if they are able to beat Atletico Madrid who have been out-of-form in the past three months by their usual high standards. Their drop in form has ensured that they are struggling to qualify for next season's Champions League football. Unless they win this season's Champions League title, Atletico Madrid won’t be playing Champions League football next season if they don’t finish in the top-four places at end of the Spanish La Liga this season.
For Manchester United, they were in a mini-crisis before it eased off as a result of the win over Brighton and Hove Albion last week.
SHAW, MCTOMINAY SUSPENDED FOR VILLA
The Manchester United duo of Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay have been ruled out of the Premier League encounter with Aston Villa away from home due to suspension. Aston Villa play hosts to Manchester United at Villa Park on Saturday evening and the two aforementioned players won't be available due to the accumulation of five yellow cards and an automatic one-game suspension.
Shaw and McTominay were in the Manchester United starting XI as they beat Aston Villa 1-0 at home to seal a place in the FA Cup fourth round. McTominay was the recipient of the only goal of the game scored in the first half. His goal ensured that the Red Devils saw off Villa in their third round clash to seal a meeting with English Championship side Middlebrough in the next round.
UNITED MOVE ABOVE SPURS AFTER WIN
Three-time European champions Manchester United have moved above North London club Tottenham Hotspur on the Premier League log after their win over Burnley at the Theatre of Dreams on Thursday night. The Red Devils were able to move above the North Londoners to sixth spot in the race for Champions League football at the end of the current season.
Manchester United knew that any form of win over Spurs will see them leapfrog them from seventh to sixth place on the Premier League log and they did just that via a 3-1 win at the expense of a Burnley side who are third from bottom on the league standings. Only the duo of Newcastle United and Norwich City are below the Clarets on the Premier League table.
CARRICK CONFIRMS MAN UNITED EXIT
Michael Carrick confirmed his exit from Manchester United shortly after he led the team to a 3-2 comeback win over Arsenal in the Premier League.In his post-match press conference at the end of the Arsenal game, Carrick said that he had given it a deep thought before arriving at the decision toleave the Red Devils.
Carrick has been at Manchester United for the better part of the last two decades. The Englishman joined the club in a big money move from Tottenham Hotspur and he went on to retire at Manchester United. The caretaker manager joined the backroom staff under former manager Jose Mourinho when he retired over three years ago. Carrick was then promoted to the assistant manager role whenOle Gunnar Solskjaer was named manager in the place of the sacked Mourinho in December 2018.