Erling Haaland developments, West Ham win REACTION, Rangnick wants Ten Hag, Maguire warned

MANCHESTER UNITED ace Cristiano Ronaldo returned as the Red Devils beat West Ham 1-0 at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese ace, 36, threw a major hissy fit when he was hauled off in Wednesday’s 3-1 Premier League win over Brentford.

But United boss Ralf Rangnick warned: “I don’t think this will be for the benefit of anyone — not to his benefit, not to the benefit of team-mates.

“I don’t blame him for that but any manager would wish it shouldn’t be too emotional and also in front of the TV cameras.”

And should the five-time Ballon d’Or winner choose to stay at Man Utd this summer, he will reportedly face a 25 per cent pay cut if they don’t make it into Europe’s elite club competition.

Meanwhile Rangnick is reportedly keen to hire Ajax boss Eric ten Hag as the club’s permanent manager this summer.

However, not everybody in the United hierarchy is said to share Rangnick’s view.

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  • Shearer – ‘Cavani looked offside’

    However pundit Alan Shearer believes the goal should have in fact been disallowed for offside.

    He said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “All four of us in the office thought it was going to be given offside. In the image we saw that was frozen Edinson Cavani looked offside.

    “It will be tough to take for West Ham when you have worked so hard and fought so hard like they did. To lose it in that fashion it is hard to take.

    “It’s not the first and it won’t be the last time that Manchester United will do that. They have done it so many times before.

    “They have obviously got quality in forward positions so the guys they bring on will make a difference.”

  • Rashford reacts to late winner

    West Ham were left fuming after Marcus Rashford’s late winner, with the visitors convinced he was offside, despite the goal being checked by VAR.

    Rashford though was confident that the goal would stand.

    He told Sky Sports: “I knew it wasn’t [offside] from Edi (Cavani) to me, and I don’t think it was from Anthony [Martial] to Edi.

    “Before then I was just trying to get into the back post.

    “It felt like a good goal and thankfully it stood.”

  • Man Utd substitutes player ratings

    Marcus Rashford (replaced Elanga) – 7

    Got Declan Rice booked moments after coming on as his England team-mate tugged him back.

    Brought energy to proceedings as the game finally heated up and scored the dramatic late winner.

    Edinson Cavani (replaced Fred) – 7

    Looked offside in the build up to the winner but his pass was perfect and Rashford couldn’t miss.

    Anthony Martial (replaced Greenwood) – 6

    Booed by some fans when he came on but played Cavani in to set up Rashford.

  • Man Utd attackers player ratings

    Mason Greenwood (subbed, 81mins) – 5

    Good work off the ball, nowhere near effective enough in possession, just like most of his teammates.

    Surprised he lasted as long as he did.

    Anthony Elanga (subbed, 61mins) – 6

    Heavily involved in the early stages as he looked to make something happen.

    Faded out toward the end of the half but pressed well throughout as the Hammers panicked under the regular pressure.

    Cristiano Ronaldo – 5

    Leaped to get on the end of a delightful Fernandes ball in the first-half but somehow managed to miss it when contact would have meant a certain goal.

    Tried to win a penalty by waiting for Kurt Zouma to run into the back of him in the last 10 minutes of the first-half. Jon Moss and VAR having none of it and rightfully so.

    Led the press reasonably well before the break but virtually non-existent in the second-half.

  • Man Utd midfielder ratings

    Fred (subbed, 81mins) – 6

    Another whose afternoon was made easier by the good pressing of United’s front men that West Ham struggled to deal with in the first-45.

    Had one of the the best chances of the game four minutes after the break when a lucky bounce saw him played through but his left-footed strike was a nice height for Alphonse Areola who batted it away.

    Scott McTominay – 6

    Kept things ticking in the middle of the park but didn’t have loads to do off the ball before the break as West Ham struggled to deal with United’s high press.

    Shut out Manual Lanzini well when West Ham venture into United’s box at the end of the first-period.

    Bruno Fernandes – 6

    Whipped in a superb ball for Ronaldo just before the 20-minute mark but it missed the diving Ronnie’s head by mere inches.

    Worked hard on both sides of the ball and earned a huge cheer from the Stretford End when he tackled Aaron Cresswell on United’s own goal line in the first-half.

    Became less effective as the game wore on and the efforts he blazed over on 64 and 77 minutes kind of summed up United’s afternoon until the goal.

  • Defender player ratings

    Diogo Dalot – 7

    Did well to quash rare West Ham attacks down the left as Pablo Fornals and Aaron Cresswell had no luck.

    Also joined in with attacks to reasonable effect, certainly more than Aaron Wan-Bissaka – who he is keeping out the team – does. Decent showing.

    Raphael Varane – 6

    Same as De Gea. Very little to do before the break as West Ham’s rare attacks came down Maguire’s side rather than his. Did nothing wrong though.

    Harry Maguire – 7

    Wasn’t challenged loads before the break but dealt with everything that came his way in commanding fashion.

    Nearly knocked himself out when he charged into the back of Bowen trying to win a header which the pint-sized West Ham man got to first.

    Booked for a wild lunge on the winger just moments later. Contact seemed minimal but he was out of control.

    Alex Telles – 7

    United’s press meant West Ham struggled to get the ball to their attackers but on the rare occasion they did, it was through Bowen who Telles largely managed to contain.

    Excellent corner found Varane early in the second-half but the Frenchman failed to hit the target.

  • Man Utd player ratings

    Here’s how SunSport scored Manchester United’s players after the dramatic victory at Old Trafford.

    David De Gea – 6/10

    Had nothing to do in the first-half. Like literally nothing. Might as well have sat in the Stretford End and watched.

    Ditto in the second. Easiest £350,000 he’s ever earned.

  • Rashford reacts to victory

    Marcus Rashford has given his thoughts after netting a dramatic winning goal at Old Trafford.

    He says: “They’re the best games to be involved in, and when you’re on the winning side of it, it’s the best feeling.”

  • Rangnick leads wild celebrations

    Ralf Rangnick looks pleased with three points too!

    Credit: AP
    Credit: AP
  • Rashford the match winner

    Marcus Rashford absolutely loved that one!

    Credit: AFP
    Credit: EPA
  • Full time – United win!

    That will be that at Old Trafford!

    Marcus Rashford’s first home goal of the season secures a HUGE three points for Ralf Rangnick’s side.

    The goal sends United up into fourth place – above today’s opponents West Ham.

  • Goal – United nick it in added time

    Marcus Rashford has scored late, late in the day at Old Trafford!

    That’s two goals in two games for Rashford now!

    United win it in the 93rd minute!

  • Into the final 10 minutes

    Time is starting to run out for Manchester United now.

    It’s still 0-0 at Old Trafford, with less than ten minutes of the 90 left to play.

    Will we see another Cristiano Ronaldo late special?

  • Rashford on at Old Trafford

    Marcus Rashford has been introduced, as he was against Brentford in midweek.

    But it’s not for Cristiano Ronaldo, so there will be no angry strops today.

    Anthony Elanga is the man to make way.

  • Deadlock yet to be broken

    An hour gone at Old Trafford, and it’s still Man Utd 0-0 West Ham.

    The visitors actually have had the better of the game since the break, with Jarrod Bowen spurning a chance to put the Londoners ahead.

    The Red Devils have got less than half an hour left to find the breakthrough.

  • HT – Man Utd 0-0 West Ham

    It hasn’t exactly been a thriller at Old Trafford.

    A stubborn West Ham side are currently holding the Red Devils to a draw.

    Let’s hope the second half is better than the first… although that won’t be difficult.

  • Martial transfer update

    Sevilla are rumoured to be eyeing Barcelona star Moussa Dembele as a possible transfer alternative to Manchester United’s Anthony Martial.

    Reports in Spain claim the Andalusians are interested in a potential loan and option to buy deal for Dembele, with their chase of Martial hitting the buffers.

    Sevilla are thought to see the United ace as one of their top targets for a temporary switch.

    And Marca reports the striker is among a number of Red Devils players who could be facing an Old Trafford departure.

    Reports claim the player is open to the possibility of a move abroad with Juventus and Barcelona among the sides thought to be keen on the France international.

    Marca also reports the Manchester giants could potentially retain the forward if loan talks falter

  • Ralf’s red revolution

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is set to axe Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial this month.

    This comes after reports suggesting the trio are ‘killing the mood’ in the United dressing room.

    Martial has already told Rangnick he wants to quit after his agent expressed his client’s desire to leave the Red Devils.

    Pogba is out of contract in the summer and Bild report the duo, along with Cavani, have too much influence in the dressing room in the German head coach’s eyes

  • Man Utd vs West Ham bench

    Man Utd subs:

    Henderson, Jones, Mata, Martial, Rashford, Lingard, Cavani, Matic, Van de Beek.

    West Ham subs:

    Randolph, Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Noble, Diop, Fredericks, Masuaku, Johnson, Kral.

  • Rooney addresses Everton rumours

    Derby manager Wayne Rooney says he is “flattered” by reported interest from Everton but has confirmed the Rams have yet to receive an approach.

    Manchester United legend Rooney is the favourite to take over at Goodison Park after Rafa Benitez’s sacking.

    Duncan Ferguson has taken over as caretaker boss and is also in the running to take over from Benitez.

    Rooney said: “I am flattered, but Everton will know if they are to have any communication with me they will have to go through the administrator”

  • Man Utd vs West Ham XI

    Man Utd XI:

    De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Telles, McTominay, Fred, Greenwood, Fernandes, Elanga, Ronaldo.

    West Ham XI:

    Areola, Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Fornals, Lanzini, Antonio.

  • Lindelof absence confirmed

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed Victor Lindelof will not play against West Ham after a burglary at his family’s home.

    Rangnick said: “I spoke with him at length on our flight back home from London and also this morning.

    “We spoke for 20 or 25 minutes, he told me what actually happened, that this was a traumatic event, especially for his wife and three-year-old son.

    “He said to me right now he needs to stay at home, he doesn’t want to leave his wife and family on their own, which I can fully understand, being a father of two children myself.

    “We agreed he will not be on duty tomorrow for the game”

  • Cristiano Ron strop

    Paul Merson has called on Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to apologise to Anthony Elanga for throwing a strop and stealing the headlines.

    Merson wrote on his column at the Daily Star: “Cristiano Ronaldo owes Anthony Elanga a big apology.

    “What he did against Brentford spoiled the youngster’s big day – and it was so childish.

    “The poor kid. He starts his first Premier League game of the season, scores for Manchester United.

    “And then Ronaldo gets substituted, strops off and has a hissy fit. As soon as it happened as I said to my mate: ‘You watch, you won’t even know the kid has scored now.’

    “It was unbelievable for someone who’s been around the game that long to do that and take the headlines away from Elanga”

  • Rangnick discusses Ronaldo substitution

    Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick opened up about his decision to sub Cristiano Ronaldo at Brentford.

    Rangnick stated: “Ronaldo said, ‘Why me, why did you take me off?’ I said I had to make the decision for the team, for the club.

    “Maybe in a few years, when he is a coach, he will understand. I didn’t expect him to hug me after being subbed.

    “I know how goal-scoring players think and how they tick, but I have to make my decisions in the interest of the team. I have no issue whatsoever with Cristiano.

    “I told him we were 2-0 up, and we have to learn lessons from Villa Park. After that game, I was angry with myself for not changing to a back five.

    “I didn’t want to make the same mistakes again”

  • Front of the queue

    Manchester United are ‘always’ at the front of the queue in the pursuit of Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

    Milinkovic-Savic has been a long-term target for United and his future in Serie A has become unclear.

    The Red Devils feel the need to bolster in midfield with Paul Pogba’s contract coming to an end in June.

    According to Corriere dello Sport, the Red Devils will ‘always’ be at the front of the queue for the 26-year-old.

    The Serbia international’s agent Mateja Kezman is said to be the key man in his client’s next move Erling Haaland developments, West Ham win REACTION, Rangnick wants Ten Hag, Maguire warned

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