Manchester United drew 0-0 with Premier League fighters Watford and Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance in particular led to suggestions that it may be time for the star to hang up his boots.
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Interim coach Ralf Rangnick could only watch as his side squandered in front of goal and inevitably blamed the players on the pitch.
One of the players who didn’t take advantage of his chances was Cristiano Ronaldowhose recent struggles led a former Premier League defender to come out and demand his retirement.
However, things weren’t all that bad in Manchester on Saturday, as both United and Watford players came together before kick-off to promote a message of support. Ukraine.
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Rangnick beat the stars
Manchester United 0-0 draw with Watford struggling despite playing dominating from start to finish.
United made 22 shots towards Watford’s goal but couldn’t find the net – Cristiano Ronaldo had an attempt ruled out for offside.
The draw meant United could not consolidate fourth place and Rangnick expressed his feelings in his post-match press conference.
“Our job as coaches is to help the team create enough opportunities,” said the interim manager. BBC Sport after the game. “The number of clear chances we had today has to be enough to win a game like this.”
Ronaldo should call it a day
It’s been a tough day at the office for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The United forward has been out of form in recent times and that drop in form was carried over to the 0-0 draw against Watford.
Ronaldo missed several chances and had a goal ruled out for offside and former Premier League defender Frank Lebeouf believes the 35-year-old should retire at the end of the season.
Lebeouf said ESPN : “Did you know? I think there was a time when you had to think, ‘What do I have to do with my life and career’.”
United in support of Ukraine
Manchester United and Watford players gathered together before the match to send a message of support for Ukraine.
Showing solidarity is Ralf Rangnick’s idea like Russia continued the invasion of Ukraine.
All 22 players and Rangnick were photographed with the United boss holding up a sign that reads ‘peace’ in multiple languages.
Speaking about the conflict earlier in the week, Rangnick said: “The situation is very sad.”
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