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Why Ole was right keeping hold Of Jesse Lingard

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Not a lot of people foresaw Jesse Lingard playing for Manchester United this season.

The 28-year-old had a brilliant loan spell at West Ham, where he scored nine goals and assisted four more in 16 Premier League outings for the Hammers.

After Man United’s high-profile attacking recruitments this summer, it seemed all the more likely that Lingard is set to leave the club he has been playing for since he was seven years old.

Lingard managed only 64 minutes of football in the entirety of 2020.

Arrivals of the likes of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo would push even further towards the fringes.

Fresh off a successful loan stint, United could have received a considerable fee from his suitors.

But, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer actively took him off the selling list, insisting he is a part of his plans for the new situation.

Lingard over James

The decision might appear a bit outlandish because Man United have a plethora of attacking assets, and they have let go of a younger player of a similar profile in Daniel James.

Manchester United have sold James to Leeds United for £30 million.

The Welshman has made 59 appearances for the club in his two-year stay, while Lingard has struggled for minutes.

So, why not keep James instead of Lingard as a backup?

Choosing Lingard over James makes sense when you take into account their recent performances.

Lingard has revitalized himself in the Premier League under David Moyes and made it to England’s Euro 2020 provisional squad.

James, on the other hand, seemed continuously out of place at United and openly admitted to losing his confidence as a Red Devils player. 

Also, Lingard has only a year left on his contract. His current deal would have expired this summer, but United activated a clause in his contract that will prolong his stay at the club.

While Lingard’s form at West Ham did draw attention from other clubs, it would have been difficult to get as much as £30 million for him since he only has months left in his contract. 

Proven EPL performer

Not all footballers hit the ground running coming from other leagues in the Premier League.

Although Jadon Sancho boasts a prolific record in Bundesliga, there is no guarantee that he would be able to replicate that form in the Premier League immediately.

Timo Werner, for instance, hit 28 Bundesliga in his final season at RB Leipzig. But, he could not reach double digits for Chelsea in his first season. 

So, Ole needed someone to take the burden off Sancho and help him settle in. The Norwegian identified Lingard as the perfect candidate for this role.

Many would point towards the comical back pass Lingard attempted to play to David de Gea in the dying stages of the game against Young Boys, which ultimately led to the winning goal for the opposition.

But, he was quick to atone for his mistake as he curled in an 89th-minute stunner to win the match for Manchester United against West Ham the following weekend.

Before that, he had scored in Manchester United’s 4-1 thrashing of Newcastle United to end his 13-month goal drought for the Mancunians.

However, Lingard’s long-term future might not be at Old Trafford, after all.

He has rejected extension offers from the club since he does not feel convinced he can break it to the starting XI anytime soon.

But, the forward can play a ‘’super-sub’’ role for the 13-time Premier League champions this season, which could prove instrumental in ending their four-year wait for silverware.

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WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo performs obscene gestures as fans chant Lionel Messi’s name

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi

During the Saudi Pro League game between Al Shabab and Al Nassr, Nassr skipper Cristiano Ronaldo was seen making obscene gestures towards rival fans. The Shabab fans were chanting Ronaldo’s biggest rival Lionel Messi’s name. Not for the first time though, some Saudi football fans do prefer Messi over the Portuguese player. Meanwhile, during the game on Sunday, the Portugal international crossed all the limits as he made some obscene gestures.

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Talking about the game, the Yellow Brigade, Nassr won against Shabab. Ronaldo gave his team as he made the most of the penalty in the 21st minute of the game. However, in the injury time of the first half, Yannick Carrasco scored an equalizer before going into the break. In the first minute of the second half, Anderson Talisca gave a lead to Nassr. In the 67th minute, Carlos scored the equalizer for Shabab, and the game looked like ending in a tie before Talisca scored the match-winning goal in the 86th minute.

Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid player is set to face disciplinary action. As per the Saudi writer and television host, the disciplinary committee might take action.

“The disciplinary committee is facing the biggest test. We will wait and see. Everything has its limits, no matter how famous you are. This is how the major leagues are” Waleed Al Farraj, a prominent Saudi writer and television host, said on X.

Cristiano Ronaldo faced disciplinary action during his stint with Manchester United

A few months before the FIFA World Cup 2022, he threw a fan’s phone when he was part of the English club, Manchester United. He was banned for a few games which meant that he missed a few games for his current club, Nassr. However, the ban didn’t apply in the World Cup as he was available for selection during the tournament, in which his team lost the Quarterfinal to Morrocco.

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Virgil Van Dijk’s late strike in extra time helps Liverpool beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final

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Liverpool emerged victorious in the Carabao Cup final in 2024. In a thrilling game which was full of twists and turns, Liverpool managed to beat Chelsea to clinch the cup. Jurgen Klopp’s men were awarded with the winner’s medal as they edged out Chelsea in a low-scoring thriller that went to extra time. The defence of both sides was good to watch.

The match had many edge-of-the-seat moments. In the first half, Liverpool attempted a lot of shots over Chelsea. While some were out of target, some were in the target, but stopped by the goalkeeper. Cody Gakpo was unlucky to find the ball hit the goalpost. The strike of the youngster went in vain as the first half did not witness any goal.

Liverpool’s skipper was brilliant in the game. He martialed his troops well and got the coordination going for a long time. He in fact nearly had a goal in the first half, only to be ruled out by the VAR, which was highly controversial. There is a debate for the legitimacy of the goal which was not given despite the help of the technology. Liverpool did not get carried away with the moment.

Captain brilliant Virgil Van Dijk steps up in crunch moments

Klopp deployed younger players as substitutes in the 2nd half. It helped Liverpool a lot as they were able to not just put pressure on Chelsea but also create a lot of chances. While none of them were converted to goals in the second half, they ensured that Chelsea’s players were in check. At one stage, the absence of Mohammad Salah in the middle was felt.

The match went to the extra time, where things got a bit closer. Chelsea attempted to score goals but ended up giving more advantage to Liverpool. The younger legs marked well and provided good assists to the forwards. The moment came in the 118th minute of the game, when Van Dijk netted the goal and helped Liverpool to win the prestigious title.

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Virat Kohli picks his ‘Sporting GOAT’

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Virat Kohli was asked to pick his ‘Sporting GOAT’ in a recent interview. The star cricketer was interviewed by Team Blue Rising who asked him to name the greatest sportsperson of all time. “Who is your Sporting GOAT?” asked the host to the star batter. Kohli did not hesitate to take the name of one of the greatest Football players as his pick for the question.

The Indian batter claimed Cristiano Ronaldo to be the greatest Football player of all time. “For me, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Virat in the interview. It came as no surprise to the fans, as Virat has always been a huge admirer of the star Footballer. Even in the past, the 35-year-old has expressed his admiration for the star player from Portugal.

In many instances, the Indian batter has claimed Ronaldo to be his favourite player. Ronaldo has been one of the best players the sport has ever seen. Many claim him to be arguably the greatest Sportsperson of all time. Virat has joined the list of those to claim him to be the greatest athlete in the sports world. Ronaldo has some records to back his claim for the title.

Legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo and Virat Kohli

The Portuguese Footballer has the greatest number of goals for an international team. He also has the greatest number of international caps for a player. The star player is the only player to win four major cups with two different clubs. He did it with Manchester United and Real Madrid. Cristiano has the second most number of Ballon d’Or titles (Five) after Lionel Messi.

Virat, on the other hand, is a great cricketer. He has the greatest number of hundreds for a batter in ODIs. Virat has the greatest number of hundreds in ODIs while chasing. He is also the highest run scorer for India in T20Is. Kohli has the most runs for a batter in the IPL. He has the greatest number of POTT awards for a player in the T20 WC and the ODI WC.

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