Meanwhile, Ralf Rangnick has agreed to take charge of Manchester United until the end of the season. Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo has been termed a ‘big problem’ for The Red Devils by former player Jamie Carragher.
On that note, here’s a look at the key Manchester United transfer stories as on 25th November 2021.
Ralf Rangnick agrees to become Manchester United interim manager
Ralf Ragnick has agreed to take charge of Manchester United on an interim basis, The Athletic reports.
The Red Devils recently parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a string of poor results. The Premier League giants want the 63-year-old Rangnick to join as interim manager for the remainder of the season.
The highly rated German manager currently serves as Locomotiv Moscow’s head of sports and development. He will join Manchester United for a six-month stint, with an additional two years in a consultant role. However, Rangnick will not be available for the Chelsea game due to work permit issues.
Cristiano Ronaldo a big problem for The Red Devils, says Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher has said that Cristiano Ronaldo is a big problem for Manchester United. The Portuguese joined The Red Devils this summer, and has hit the ground running. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has already scored ten goals in 14 appearances across competitions so far.
However, Ronaldo has been accused of adversely impacting Manchester United’s natural game. The Red Devils have struggled despite the presence of the 36-year-old in the team. The Portuguese’s off-the-ball work has come under scrutiny.
United’s pressing and attitude when not in possession has also received widespread criticism this season. Fingers have been raised on Ronaldo too. There are claims that the Portuguese has had a detrimental effect on the team.
Speaking to CBS Sports, as relayed by Metro, Carragher said that Cristiano Ronaldo is a passenger in the team if he doesn’t score.
“How can a club the size of Manchester United still rely on a guy who’s (nearly) 37? He was unbelievable; his goal record is unbelievable, but if he doesn’t score, he is a passenger in the game,” said Carragher.
“If Cristiano Ronaldo went four or five games without scoring, that’s a massive problem for Manchester United,” continued Carragher.
Interestingly, Ronaldo has scored just once in his last seven Premier League games.
Jesse Lingard advised to join West Ham United
Gabriel Agbonlahor has urged Jesse Lingard to join West Ham United. The Manchester United star was wanted by The Hammers in the summer, but ended up staying at Old Trafford.
Speaking to Football Insider, Gabriel Agbonlahor said that Lingard's move to West Ham would suit all parties involved.
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“It has to happen. I was so surprised that he didn’t go in the summer. It didn’t make sense to stay at Manchester United. He was never going to play; he was never going to get game time with Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay, all favourites ahead of him,” said Agbonlahor.