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Ronaldo and Mata get what they deserve from Manchester United fans

Man United beat Brentford 3-0 through goals from Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane but Juan Mata stole the show.

Juan Mata’s Manchester United career ended where it should have started. Mata, a No.10, lined up on the right-hand side on his United debut against Cardiff under David Moyes in January 2014 and it set the tone for the next eight years. Back in his rightful role behind the centre forward, Mata was magisterial against Brentford


The Spaniard’s farewell appearance to United’s season ticket holders – his first start in the league since the final day of last season – seemed charitable yet Mata had earned it through recent vibrant cameos. Occupying the playmaker role usually reserved for Bruno Fernandes, Mata enhanced United’s link-up play and the relocated Fernandes stealthily met Anthony Elanga’s spirited cross to make it 1-0.


Ralf Rangnick made his mind up about Marcus Rashford months ago and his relegation back to the bench at the expense of Mata, who turned 34 last week and is about to be released, was the final nail. Rashford has the pace Mata always lacked but not the footballing brain.

The only complaint United supporters may have is why Rangnick took so long to promote Mata to the starting XI. Though Brentford’s first league visit to Old Trafford since 1946 occasionally resembled an exhibition match, Thomas Frank’s side were intense and adventurous enough for any pedestrian players to wilt. Mata didn’t.

A scorer in the 2016 FA Cup final and starter in the triumphant League Cup and Europa League finals of 2017, Mata was already assured of a rousing send-off for his two goals at Anfield in 2015. In 70 minutes against Brentford, he confirmed he had been underused in his remaining years, reduced to a spotkick specialist in losing shootouts by Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


It was a night for the old and the new. Recent debutant Alejandro Garnacho was serenaded by the Stretford End and Mata and Cristiano Ronaldo combined, only for the latter to be denied a goal by his offside toenail. Ronaldo earned a shot at his 24th of the season after the interval, winning the penalty he converted. Erik ten Hag has West Ham reject Sebastian Haller spearheading Ajax’s attack and should have no issue finding room for Ronaldo.

Some who had inked Ronaldo’s obituaries a matter of weeks ago have now ripped them up. Ronaldo. He was flexible off the ball and fluid on it, earning a celebratory ‘Siiiiu’ from the crowd for a sliding tackle in his own half, barging Scott McTominay to one side to execute it.

Provided Ronaldo is willing to grace Old Trafford for a second season, Ten Hag has a solution to an attack that is about to see an exodus. Ronaldo was in his element playing with fellow 30-something Mata and was more vexed than him when Mata sliced a shot wide. Ronaldo and Mata’s named were chanted during a swift lap of honour.

Nemanja Matic was removed in the 70th minute, Ronaldo and Scott McTominay going out of their way to clasp hands with the midfielder, who earned a double-high five from Rangnick. Mata soon departed and all four stands rose to their feet.

Fewer did so in the 73rd minute to walk out as part of the protesters’ plan for a mass exodus. One lad in front of the press box yelled at Harry Maguire, sat in the directors’ box, to ‘show some respect, apparently irked by his supposed lack of appreciation for Matic and Raphael Varane’s goal.


Even those who held a banner aloft calling for a walkout appeared to stay behind. Many sang the throwback ‘We’ll support you ever more’, arguably a counter-protest to the protest.

“Where’s your protest gone?” asked the Brentford fans. The final shrill was greeted with applause and ‘Glory glory Man United’, an anthem rarely heard this season, drowned out any dissenters.

Stewards lined up in front of the perimeter but the atmosphere was one of apathy, not animosity. The United matchgoers maintained standards by denying the returning Edinson Cavani an airing on a rare and final appearance in M16. Anyone who would have dared might have been turfed out, never mind walked out.

There were not enough substitutions for the farewells. Cavani and Jesse Lingard are going, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly want to go and so might Dean Henderson. Jones was among the introductions and that was a triumph in itself. A year ago, the chances of playing in front of a crowd again seemed remote and Jones has stayed fit to prolong his career away from Old Trafford. United fans have been more appreciative towards him this season than in previous campaigns.


Elanga made an impression in pre-season with a cushioned volley against Brentford and at the same end his precisely-timed run and prompt cross dictated Fernandes’s finish. Elanga’s direct wing play was all the more impressive as he ended up in the ditch by the advertising hoarding.

Very fantastic evening for Man United.


EPL: We are worried that Conte’s precision and micro-coaching would be unsuited to the current squad—Club Board

Antonio Conte

Manchester United’s board rejected appointing former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte as their manager over fears that the current squad would not adapt to his style.

Before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked at the end of November, there were rumours that Conte was on his way to Old Trafford after series of bad results from Solskjaer.


Instead, the Italian diverted to north London where he was appointed by Tottenham and has gone undefeated in the Premier League in his first eight games.

Manchester United settled for a German coach, Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis as they continue searching for a new permanent manager, who will be appointed in the summer.

In the league table, Tottenham are two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. A defeat to Wolves last Monday meant that Rangnick’s United remained in seventh place.


Manchester United fans have questioned whether the club made a mistake in overlooking serial title winner, Conte when he was available.

Initially, Manchester United’s board feared that bringing in a manager as uneasy and authoritarian as Conte would demand a massive overhaul of players in the transfer market.

Daily Mail claims that the club’s hierarchy were actually concerned about how Conte’s management style would suit the existing players.


They were worried that Conte’s precision and micro-coaching would be unsuited to the current squad.

The United board took a ‘good look’ at Conte, according to reports, and strongly believed the Italian is a great manager but only worried that his exacting standards and instructions would not mesh with the players.


The club felt the former Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan boss’s style relied too much on programming players to carry out specific instructions to minute details.


Manchester United signed off the 2021 European efforts with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford

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Manchester United signed off the 2021 European efforts with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Young Boys of Switzerland. in the final Champions League match in Group F.


With qualification as group winners already secured, interim boss Ralf Rangnick took game as an opportunity to see more of his players in action.

The German made 11 changes from the United XI that started his first match, against Crystal Palace at home in the Premier League win last Sunday.

Rangnick’s Reds took the lead with an athletic hit by Mason Greenwood after just eight minutes, but Young Boys equalised late in the first half through Fabian Rieder.

A competitive second half then played out in wet conditions at the Theatre of Dreams, where senior debuts were handed to Tom Heaton, Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal, as well as Champions League bows for Amad, Teden Mengi and Shola Shoretire.



United made the perfect start by capitalising on their command with a spectacular goal after just nine minutes.

Feeding off the relaxed manner of the dead rubber but with the need to impress, the Reds were all over our Swiss opponents and Greenwood made it count.

A sweeping move down the left wing saw Luke Shaw keep pace with the attack and, after being fed by Anthony Elanga, he delivered a tempting waist-high cross into the box. It arrived slightly behind Greenwood, but he shifted his body to brilliantly to hit a bicycle volley home with his left foot.


Goalkeeper Dean Henderson had been acting as a sweeper to keep the Swiss from his goal, earning much appreciation from the audience. But he was called on to make a save after 32 minutes from Fabian Rieder and almost immediately after Jordan Siebatcheu headed over.

The Reds responded to this spell with a move that saw Greenwood set up Juan Mata with a cut back pass. The Spaniard, and most of Old Trafford, was celebrating our second goal as he struck but Young Boys captain Fabian Lustenberger stuck out a hopeful trailing leg, blocking and deflecting the effort over the bar.

Then, three minutes before half time, Young Boys levelled the match up.

The Reds were caught attempting to play the ball intricately out of defence and Donny van de Beek’s loose ball was seized on by Rieder. He curled a stunner past Henderson to make it 1-1.

The visitors almost took the lead before the interval when Michel Aebischer crashed in a shot that Eric Bailly needed to hack away to safety to ensure our lead wasn’t completely overturned.


Both sides swapped moments to go on the front foot at the start of the second half. Elanga was lively for the Reds, forcing keeper Faivre to push away an inviting cross and then Jesse Lingard inspired a move that saw Anthony thwarted by a block from the goalkeeper.

Sandwiched in between, Meschack Elia pulled a shot wide from a decent chance and in the 66th minute a golden opportunity fell to Quentin Maceiras, but he screwed his effort wide – much to the relief of the Old Trafford crowd.

One-time Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner’s side were certainly enjoying their visit to Manchester and performed well in this final group match, and their last in the Champions League for this season.

Meanwhile, Rangnick used the second 45 minutes to see a few new faces in action, with Mengi, Shoretire and Heaton all making appearances.

Mengi made an impression in the 72nd minute when he handed sub Kanga a chance after he slipped, but the 19-year-old Mancunian rescued the situation when he got back to his feet to brilliantly block the striker’s effort.

More Academy faces got their chances when Savage and Iqbal came on for the closing minutes for their senior debuts.

Given the wholesale changes, this was a decent draw for United and the Reds can now look ahead to the last-16 draw next Monday.


United: Henderson (Heaton 67), Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Matic © (Shoretire 67), Shaw (Mengi 61), Van de Beek, Mata (Savage 89), Amad, Lingard (Iqbal 89), Greenwood, Elanga.

Subs not used: Kovar, Hardley. 

Goal: Greenwood (9)

Young Boys: Faivre,Maceiras, Camara (Lauper 76), Lustenberger (c), Lefort, Martins Pereira, Aebischer (Sierro 62), Elia (Maier 86), Rieder (Hefti 62), Moumi Ngamaleu, Siebatcheu (Kanga 62).

Subs not used: Zesiger, Laidani, Sulejmani, Jankewitz, Bürgy, Toure, Zbinden.

Goal: Rieder (42)

Source: Man U


Ronaldo receives GWR certificate after breaking the international goal record


Cristiano Ronaldo made it 111 strikes for the Portuguese national team during their 2-1 in over Ireland in World Cup qualifiers

The legend surpasses Ali Daei’s long time goal’s record of 109 – the most in history of international football

Having smashed such astonishing record, Ronaldo has been presented with a Guinness World Record certificate

Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed delight having received the Guinness World Record certificate for smashing the international goal’s record with his 111 tally, Latestly reports.

The Portuguese sensation is now the all-time men’s international top scorer after netting a brace in Portugal’s 2-1 win against Ireland on Wednesday, September 1.

Ronaldo’s record-breaking moment came in the 89th minute as he scored Portugal’s equalizer before going ahead to grab the winner in the 96th minute of the tie.

Ronaldo Celebrating a goal

Recall that the Portugal captain equalled Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals after scoring twice in Portugal’s 2-2 draw against France in the Euro 2020 group stages earlier this summer, but has now surpassed the Iran legend.

He has been presented with the Guinness World Record certificate following that feat and Ronaldo has said it is good to be recognised as a record breaker.

He wrote on Instagram:

“Thank you to the Guiness World Records. Always good to be recognized as a world record breaker. Let’s keep trying to set the numbers even higher!”

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo’s appetite for breaking records is growing as he continues to feature for club and country at the highest level of the game.

To start with, the 36-year-old is the most capped Portuguese player with 180 and is the only player that has scored against most international teams (45).

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is also the only player to score in 12 consecutive international tournaments (World Cup, Euros, Confederations Cup and Nations League).

Ronaldo is one game away from breaking Ilkay Casillas Champions League appearances (177) when he begins life at Manchester United.

CR7 is the highest goalscorer in the elite competition with 134 goals and a record of 42 assists playing for United, Real Madrid and Juventus.