Manchester United fell to seventh place in the Premier League table at the end of the weekend. Caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick’s quarters are three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur as the race for the UEFA Champions League places brews.
Meanwhile, Shaun Goater believes the Red Devils were brought in to sign Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. Elsewhere, the Premier League giants are ready to pay Ajax compensation for their manager Erik ten Hag.
On that note, here’s a rundown of Manchester United’s top transfer stories as of April 5, 2022:
Manchester United were tricked into signing Cristiano Ronaldo, says Shaun Goater
Former Manchester City star Shaun Goater believes Manchester United were tricked into signing Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese was linked with a move to the Etihad last summer before the deal was hijacked by the Red Devils.
Speaking to Ladbrokes, reported by The Express, Goater said Ronaldo’s arrival at Old Trafford has reduced competition for a world-class striker this summer.
“When I saw the news that he had signed for them (United), as a Manchester City fan, I thought it was good for us. I don’t think City were really going to sign Ronaldo. Pep’s teams play the way they play because it’s about the team, not the individual – and so I really don’t think it would have ever worked,” Goater said.
“It could be a really smart chess move from City, who have already thought about a few steps forward, perhaps with an eye on the next summer transfer window, and forcing United’s hand to sign Ronaldo. , it is likely that there will be one less team who are going to go after a striker this summer.”
“Listen, I’ve been at the club long enough to know that they almost never get these decisions wrong. Whether it’s on or off the pitch, they have experts in all areas, so I wouldn’t be dubious. all surprised if City are making chess moves here that no one else has even thought of.”
Goater also added that Ronaldo’s arrival has upset the balance at Manchester United.
“I knew he would score goals, but I also knew he would take away the shine of the future and the youngsters that they have. He was always going to score goals, but I didn’t think the rest of the “Team would score goals as a direct result of signing him; someone would suffer. That balance had to work, and I don’t think it did,” Goater said.
Ronaldo was United’s top scorer with 18 goals but is set to suffer his first campaign without a trophy in 12 years.
Red Devils ready to pay Ajax compensation for Erik ten Hag
Renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano says Manchester United are ready to pay Ajax compensation to secure the services of manager Erik ten Hag. The Dutchman is among the favorites to take charge at Old Trafford next season.
Speaking on YouTube, Romano said the two clubs share a cordial relationship, thanks to Edwin van der Sar, a former United goalkeeper.
“From what I’ve been told, on the Man United side they don’t see any problem with compensation. They would be willing to pay what is fair to pay Ajax. The conversation between the club has always been good. The relationship is fantastic, thanks to Edwin van der Sar. So there will be no problem between Ajax and Man United. There will be no problem between Erik ten Hag and Man United.” Romano said.
Kevin Phillips slams fans who booed Harry Maguire
Kevin Phillips has slammed fans who booed Harry Maguire during a recent game. The Englishman had a difficult season with Manchester United. Things got out of hand when he was booed while on international duty with The Three Lions.
However, speaking to Football Insider, Phillips urged fans to support Maguire.
“I didn’t like what I heard. He doesn’t deserve to be booed. Every time he puts on an England or United States shirt, he gives it his all. He is a very committed player who wants to win. Why would you boo him?”
“No matter what you think, you are behind your players. You don’t like to hear it or see it. I certainly wouldn’t support it. We have to get out of the habit of doing it. England, we want them to win. It’s not right. For me, I don’t want to see it,” Phillips said.