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How will Man United line up under Ralf Rangnick?



Manchester United are close to appointing Ralf Rangnick as the club’s interim manager after parting ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week.

The 63-year-old cannot say that he has had a trophy-laden career, but his football philosophies have inspired the likes of Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp.

Rangnick has made a name for himself recently as a sporting director.

A real pioneer

His work at RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg has earned him mass admiration across Europe. However, he will have to return to the sidelines for the next six months to put Manchester United’s derailing season back on track.

Rangnick will take over a technical role at Man United once the season is over.

For the time being, however, he will get back to the drawing board and try to formulate a plan to launch a Manchester United turn around. 

The former Schalke manager prefers playing a high-pressing brand of football.

He pioneered the famous gegenpress, which we see modern German managers use so often nowadays.

So, we can expect a similar high-intensity style at Manchester United for the remainder of this season. 

Who will be Rangnick’s picks?

At goal, David de Gea is the automatic choice.

Some might question his passing abilities and argue that he is not a good fit for building from the back, which so many managers prefer in the modern landscape.

But, his shot-stopping ability is beyond question. The Spanish international has been one of the few Man United stars who have caught the eye this season, so he is guaranteed to keep his place.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw will be the back four we expect Rangnick to go for.

Forward thrusting fullbacks are mandatory in a high-press system, so both Bissaka and Shaw will be a taking up more advanced positions during attacking transitions. 

Shaw bagged six assists last season and also occasionally plays as a wingback for England, so he can be a good fit for this system.

However, Rangnick was quoted in 2020 that he does not feel Luke Shaw is good enough to be the first choice fullback for Manchester United.

Wan-Bissaka, on the other hand, likes to stay a bit deeper, so he might take some time to get adjusted to Rangnick’s approach.

Perhaps, United will go for a pair of new fullbacks in the January window if Shaw and Bissaka fail to adapt. 

Harry Maguire has been all over the place defensively lately, but playing alongside someone as experienced as Varane regularly might bring out the best in him. 

Rangnick has favoured variations of 4-4-2 in most of his career, but considering Man United’s midfield options, he might resort to the structure he used at Hoffenheim; a 4-3-3. 

Pogba might get sidelined

We expect Donny van de Beek to get more game time under Rangnick, who could deploy him as a box-to-box midfielder.

Paul Pogba might not make the cut since we saw him frequently struggle playing a deeper midfield role at Man United.

Fred will anchor the midfield, while Bruno Fernandes will be handed the license to work his magic further up the pitch playing as a hybrid playmaker.

Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Marcus Rashford will constitute the front three.

With support from onrushing fullbacks, Sancho can unleash his attacking abilities playing as an inside forward and operate closely to Ronaldo.

The same can be said for Rashford on the opposite flank.

Rangnick will be hoping to outnumber the opposition defence with the combination of high flying fullbacks and a lethal attacking trio.

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WATCH: Georgina Rodriguez makes huge claim on Cristiano Ronaldo’s retirement in Football




Cristiano Ronaldo

Georgina Rodriguez made a huge claim on the future of her husband and star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, in Football. In a brief interaction with a host recently, Rodriguez was asked about the time left for Cristiano to make an impact at the highest level. Georgina looked honest in her approach to the question of the host and claimed something the fans would not love to hear.

Georgina claimed that the Portugal star has maybe one year more from him at the highest level. She felt that Ronaldo might play two more years before retiring and not more than that. She was however not sure if he would play for just one or two years and added that the Al Nassr star could also play more than that.

Watch the video of Georgina Rodriguez here –


“Cristiano one more year, then it’s over. Maybe two, I don’t know,” said Rodriguez in the little chat she had with the host. The video has gone viral on X and the fans have started sharing it on different platforms. Some of the fans feel that Georgina might be right, while others feel that she could be wrong, given the fitness and longevity of the star player.

Legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo

On the 5th of February, Ronaldo celebrated his 39th birthday. He is currently one of the oldest players in the world. In the past, players at this age would have retired way back. But the fitness and consistency of Ronaldo make him play the sport as long as he wishes. In his career so far, Ronaldo has won many major leagues for Portugal and league teams like Real Madrid, Al Nassr, and Manchester United.

With United, Portugal won some major leagues like the FA Cup and the Champions League. With Real Madrid, the 39-year-old won the leagues like the UCL, Copa Del Rey and La Liga. He won it three consecutive times for Real Madrid. For Portugal, Cristiano had a huge contribution to Portugal. He has the most number of appearances and goals for an international team and won the Euro 2016 with Portugal.

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Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham slapped with Red Card as he argued with referee




Jude Bellingham shown Red Card
Jude Bellingham shown Red Card (Image Credit: Twitter)

England and Real Madrid player Jude Bellingham was slapped with a Red Card during the La Liga game against Valencia. In the game, the home team, Valencia was leading by 2-0 after 30 minutes before Madrid scored in the injury time of the first half. Vinicius Junior opened the scoring for Madrid while Hugo Duro (27′) and Roman Yaremchuk (30′) scored a goal each.

In the 76th minute, Junior scored an equalizer to keep the team in the game. However, in the injury time of the second half, Bellingham was given a red card as he argued with the referee against calling it a full-time before he could score. In reply, the match official decided to slap the England international with a Red Card. The team coach Carlo Ancelotti wasn’t happy with the verdict as the Three Lions player was making a pass at the time.

“I think what’s just happened is unprecedented. It’s never happened to me,” Ancelotti told reporters.

“We had possession of the ball and the match should have been finished when Valencia had the ball.

“What bothers us is the red card for Bellingham because he didn’t say anything insulting. He was frustrated of course,” said Ancelotti, adding that Bellingham had used a common English swearword when telling the referee it was a goal.

We are annoyed with Jude Bellingham’s Red Card: Carlo Ancelotti

“We were annoyed with Bellingham’s red card. He didn’t say any insults. He said in English ‘it’s a f—ing goal,’ but he was just saying what we were all thinking … [The referee] allowed play to continue. I think he made a mistake.”

“[Bellingham] was clear in what he said,” Ancelotti added. “He was quite vehement [in his reaction] but that’s normal, after what happened. It wasn’t an insult, not at all.”

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PL 2023-24: MCFC vs MUFC Dream11 Prediction, Playing XI, Fantasy League Today’s Captain, Vice-Captain, and more for Manchester derby




MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11

Super Sunday is set to witness the Manchester Derby in the Premier League 2023-24. The match between Manchester City (MCFC) and Manchester United (MUFC) is set to take place in Etihad Stadium, the home ground of Manchester City. The two teams have had a contrasting journey in the league till now. The fortunes of City changed ever since Pep Guardiola took over the club as the manager.

While the home side are placed in the second position in the points table currently, United are in the sixth place in the points table. In their previous encounter, City hammered Luton Town by 6-2 in the FA Cup. United have shown massive improvements in the last few weeks after not having a good start to their campaign. United were involved in a thrilling game where they beat Nottingham Forrest by 1-0 in their last game.

Both teams feature some of the best players in the world. The likes of Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland, Marcus Rashford, Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro, and others would be taking part in the match. Manchester City will start the match as the favourites, given their record in the ongoing league so far and the match taking place in their home. United with their improved record can challenge the home side.

MCFC vs MUFC – Match Details

Match – Manchester City (MCFC) vs Manchester United (MUFC), Premier League 2023-24

Venue – Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Date and Time – 3rd March 2024, 21:00 IST

Live Coverage – Star Sports Network and Disney plus Hot Star

MCFC vs MUFC – Head-to-Head

Both the teams from Manchester have a rich history in the sport. they have been up against each other in 191 instances. In as many games, Manchester United have been historically the better side with 78 wins to their name. City have managed to win 60 wins, as 53 games ended in a draw. In the last five games between the two sides in the Premier League, City have won four of the five games.

MCFC vs MUFC – Likely XI

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Akanji, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Alvarez, Haaland, Foden

Manchester United: Onana, Dalot, Varane, Lindelof, Amrabat, Casemiro, Manioo, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Garnacho

MCFC vs MUFC – Fantasy XI

Grand League Team

Goal Keeper – E Moraes

Defenders – M Akanji, K Walker, H Maguire

Mid Fielders – Kevin De Bruyne, B Fernandes, R Hernandez, Casemiro

Forwards – E Haaland (VC), J Alvarez, M Rashford (C)

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Grand League

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Grand League (Source: X)

Head-to-Head Team

Goal Keeper – S Ortega

Defenders – M Akanji, K Walker, R Varane

Mid Fielders – K De Bruyne (C), B Fernandes (VC), B Silva, Casemiro

Forwards – E Haaland, J Alvarez, M Rashford

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Head to Head

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Head to Head (Source: X)

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