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Newcastle Team v Chelsea forecast with four changes for Eddie Howe

Four changes for Eddie Howe - Expected Newcastle team vs Chelsea (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaConsider this Newcastle team vs. Chelsea. Eddie Howe and his side are looking to go unbeaten in ten Premier League games and win seven in their last eight games. Newcastle United have put a very decent daylight between them and the relegation zone, but there hangs the huge carrot that if Eddie Howe and his team could beat Chelsea, NUFC could be up to thirteen points clear of the last three - depending on results elsewhere. So what can we expect from the Newcastle team against Chelsea? This was the Newcastle team vs Southampton: While there have been some rumours/claims that Fabian Schar may have a groin problem after the Southampton win. Then we also have Allan Saint-Maximin, who missed Thursday night due to illness, and Joelinton, who is also absent from St Mary's with an ongoing groin problem. It's always difficult to say for sure how serious an injury problem is, whether players might be resting for certain games when they might have been able to play. While you also have Eddie Howe who cares about his players and doesn't take unnecessary risks with them, unlike a certain former head coach... Anyway, Dubravka is putting on a nice little run after an initially difficult return to the team, just three Goals have been conceded in the last five PL games. Had arguably his best game of the season so far in Southampton, didn't have a chance to score and made some very good saves, controlling his box and reacting quickly to potential threats. I wouldn't criticize anyone for the effort, but I think it was remarkable that this win/lost streak continued despite NUFC's right side being so weak. Surely Javier Manquillo will get a run this time, the versatile Spain squad player is more agile and a better defender than Krafth. Targett was excellent again on Thursday night when he returned to old club Southampton. Schar and Burn have been the rock on which this recent superb run has largely been built, four wins and a draw since Dan Burn made his first start against Villa. I'm sure Eddie Howe would love to continue this partnership but I have a feeling the reports from Fabian Schar possibly missing this game could be in the money. Jamaal Lascelles actually had one of his better games against Everton and it was his superb header that scored the own goal that immediately put Newcastle back in the game. He missed the Villa game due to illness, allowing Burn to make his debut. I think the two will start together for the first time today in Schar's likely absence. If Joelinton can play, I think he'll be back today. Bruno Guimaraes, who scored that stunning winner, otherwise had a mixed game on Thursday night. Bruno wasn't bad and had a decent game, but at times he had gifted possession and still seemed to adapt. He'll have many 10s out of 10s for NUFC in the future I'm sure, but not today. Shelvey and Willock remain in the team, the former producing a rare superb NUFC cross that Chris Wood was screaming for, while Willock was very good against Southampton for the whole 90 minutes I thought. Chris Wood also played better overall against Southampton in my opinion compared to some of his previous games. I think he's been good all the time and his work performance helps the team massively, both in attack and defence. However, I think we saw an even better and more dangerous Wood on Thursday and his classic header was the icing on the cake. Remarkably, Chris Wood actually helped Newcastle collect 20 points in their first eight games in the NUFC Premier League. Ryan Fraser has also started all of those last eight PL games and put in another very good non-stop performance against Southampton. However, I think if Allan Saint-Maximin can start, he will. So the four changes I think Eddie Howe will make. Javier Manquillo, Jamaal Lascelles, Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin for Emil Krafth, Fabian Schar, Bruno Guimaraes and Jacob Murphy.

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Video shows clear difference between Ronaldo and Messi in Champions League crisis moments

Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping to do better than Lionel Messi in the Champions League round of 16. The Manchester United star is aiming to raise 'big ears' for the first time since his last season at Real Madrid but will have to get past his old Spanish rivals at Old Trafford on Tuesday to […] (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeagueCristiano Ronaldo is hoping to do better than Lionel Messi in the Champions League round of 16. The Manchester United star is aiming to raise "big ears" for the first time since his last season at Real Madrid but will need to get past his old Spanish rivals at Old Trafford on Tuesday to get closer to that dream. Ronaldo looked frustrated after the first leg against Atletico Madrid when United were lucky enough to walk away with a draw, benefiting from Anthony Elanga's late equalizer to nullify Joao Felix's opener. However, Ronaldo knows a thing or two about navigating do-or-die games with Atletico, so I'm sure you'd forgive United fans for going into the second leg in Manchester with calm confidence. Although Messi would certainly qualify for the last eight as PSG took a 2-0 lead against Real Madrid late on, Karim Benzema's stunning treble turned the game upside down. With the Real Madrid star's last two goals coming just seconds apart, the chaotic scenes at the Bernabeu did nothing but continue the narrative that in a Champions League crisis, having Ronaldo is better than Messi. And while it remains to be seen how deep Ronaldo will have to dig this time, there is one particular viral video that suggests United will be more than prepared if that scenario unfolds. That's because the current status quo in the dynamic between Ronaldo and Messi reminds us of a popular video from 2020 that compares superstars' reactions to defeat in key Champions League games where they scored 0: 3 were lost. The difference between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when their teams lose 3-0 pic.twitter.com/PqrfNrrQXp - Albi 🇽🇰 (@albiFCB7) November 27, 2020 With all the respect in the world for Messi, you must raise your hands up and say that Ronaldo is the better leader - and that's even more true when it comes to the crucial games in the Champions League. However, even as the shots flew past Keylor Navas, to the point where Real seemed to bottle it all up, Ronaldo can still be seen trying to cheer up the spirits of both players and fans. Soccer Football – Champions League Quarter-Finals, Second Leg – Real Madrid vs Juventus – Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain – April 11, 2018 Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his first goal with his teammates REUTERS/Paul Hanna And at the end of the day, It can Didn't harm the European giants as they eventually won the tie 4-3, with Ronaldo himself keeping his nerve to score an injury-time penalty. Admittedly, the Blaugrana have had far less time than Real to change tack and Messi no doubt rallied the troops at some point, but surely Barca fans would have welcomed a more Ronaldo-like reaction. Soccer Football – Champions League Quarter-Finals, Second Leg – AS Roma vs FC Barcelona – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy – April 10, 2018 Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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Man Utd 'opt' for Araujo transfer as Maguire own goal nearly cost them

Manchester United are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of Barcelona star Ronaldo Araujo after another poor performance from Harry Maguire in the 3-2 win over Tottenham (Author: Gardener)

AraujoManchester United are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of Barcelona star Ronaldo Araujo after another poor performance from Harry Maguire in the 3-2 win over Tottenham Fenster. Araujo is out of contract with Barcelona in June 2023 and has attracted the attention of several European top clubs with his recent performances. However, he is sticking to the terms of the five-year deal he signed back in 2018 and has reportedly turned down two new offers from Barcelona. Ronald Araujo is a transfer target for Manchester United this summer Spanish newspaper Sport reports that the sluggish talks between the club and representatives of Uruguayans United and Paris Saint-Germain have drawn attention to his possible availability. Araujo reportedly wants a contract at the team that suits his nature and while he enjoys playing for Xavi, he is aware that United and PSG would pay much higher wages. The fact that Barcelona signed two of their other young stars - Pedri and Ansu Fati - on new contracts back in October hasn't gone unnoticed by Araujo. United are said to be ready to pay a hefty transfer fee as well as a hefty salary this summer to lure the young defender to Old Trafford. The possibility of Araujo joining United in the summer has been further fueled by recent reports that the defender will be receiving regular English lessons should he land a transfer. The timing of the developments is interesting given Harry Maguire's recent struggles at the heart of Ralf Rangnick's defence. United clinched a 3-2 win over Tottenham on Saturday to move back up to fourth in the Premier League but they needed an inspired performance from Cristiano Ronaldo to clinch the points. Would Ronald Araujo be a good signing for Manchester United this summer? Harry Maguire scored an own goal in Manchester United's win over Spurs. Ronaldo scored a wonderful hat-trick to help his side recover from last weekend's 4-1 derby defeat by Manchester City, but United's defense was once again weak. Alex Telles conceded a penalty - scored by Harry Kane - for a handball, while Maguire scored an own goal from a Sergio Reguilon cross to make it 2-2 in the second half. Maguire has struggled for consistency this season, with two minor injuries contributing to his poor form. Maguire will be hoping for a more solid performance as his club appear to be already eyeing potential substitutes for the summer.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational hat-trick lifts Manchester United past Tottenham to boost top-four hopes

Manchester United 3-2 Tottenham: The Portuguese struck a treble to bolster the Red Devils' hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League (Author: Gardener)

Cristiano Ronaldo'sFor a player whose integration into this Manchester United team has caused many problems, Cristiano Ronaldo's goals could ultimately solve their biggest of them all. The 805th, 806th and 807th goals of his 20-year career not only mean he is now the top scorer in the history of competitive men's football, but also means United hope to secure a top-four next season Secure result and champions league football stay alive. Anything less than a win against Tottenham Hotspur would have made those hopes look increasingly desperate and started a potentially season-defining week poorly. A Harry Maguire own goal, added to Harry Kane's first-half penalty, looked set to set United on that path. Yet even at 37, with a creaky body, a dodgy hip and on the back of poor form, Ronaldo is giving you a shot. The record-breaking second crowned a good team move. The victorious third came on from a corner, with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner rising highest to meet and head in Alex Telles' corner. Fulfilling his hat-trick, the Portuguese hoisted United over the line and to one of their key wins of the season so far. Tom Brady, the seven-time Super Bowl winner and greatest quarterback in the sport's history, watched from the directors' box at Old Trafford, and it felt symbolic that an athlete born with age-defying, all-conquering endurance in is connected, there was to bear witness. Brady is Kane's hero - and said he would fist the Tottenham forward if he scored - but he was here to see Ronaldo. Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side's second goal (Getty). That position is far from secure as Arsenal are just two points behind and have four games to make up, but it is healthier than Tottenham's. Yes, Conte's side have game shifts of their own and could still overtake United if they win their two games in hand, but they'd rather have the points on the board and today was all about the man who got them there. Ronaldo was one of five changes since last weekend's Manchester derby defeat but Bruno Fernandes was absent through illness. David de Gea's involvement had been threatened by a Covid test which turned out to be a false positive, with two more negatives allowing him to play. Tottenham's squad news was easy in comparison, with Sergio Reguilon replacing the injured Ryan Sessegnon. Kane scored from the penalty spot (Tottenham Hotspur/Getty) Ronaldo used his influence from the start and was furious when an early penalty challenge was denied. His shot at the end of a fine United move that started with a raking cross-field pass from the much-maligned Maguire had hit Eric Dier's arm but referee Jonathan Moss saw no offense. Ronaldo didn't stop arguing his case until he scored. Conte's team was probably the stronger in the first half in the overall balance of the game and caused a lot of problems in the channels. As the pressure mounted on the shattered United defence, Diogo Dalot had to deftly clear from the goal-line to prevent Dier leveling from a Son Heung-min corner. Dejan Kulusevski proved particularly problematic, eventually forcing the free-kick for Kane's equalizer, snaking past Jadon Sancho and drilling in a cross that caught Alex Telles in the arm. Kane's penalty wasn't entirely out of De Gea's reach but struck deep and hard down the United keeper's right and had enough power to restore the parity Tottenham's response deserved. Spurs celebrate after Maguire scores an own goal (Reuters) It was a brilliant United move - the type you haven't seen often enough at Old Trafford this season - from Nemanja Matic's ball over the top, via the timing of Sanchos Run to the backcountry, up to Ronaldo's movement and finish. However, it would have been offside if Reguilon failed to keep up with his teammates and Sancho continued to play sloppily. Tottenham lost some of their spark from that point and reemerged in the second half looking more catchy and predictable. However, there was something about the nature of United's goals that suggested they would not see through the second half. They didn't come out of nowhere, but were certainly against the flow of the game. Unfortunately for Maguire, that jump came off his body. Kane had done well to stop Varane before Son Reguilon chipped in behind United's defense down the left. Maguire stretched out a leg to prevent the left-back's cross from reaching Cristian Romero in the box, deflecting the cross into his own net in the process. Romero celebrated in the face of the hapless United captain, perhaps forgetting that there were 18 minutes plus injury time left and, most importantly, the all-time leading scorer in history was still on the pitch.

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Roman Abramovich: Chelsea owner disqualified as director by Premier League board

Chelsea can now spend up to £900,000 on matchday expenses instead of £500,000; Club may receive prize money this season; Merson: If I were Man Utd I'd be all over Thomas Tuchel; Sir Martin Broughton, who once rescued Liverpool from a bitter boardroom battle, in talks over a bailout bid (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaRoman Abramovich has been disqualified as Chelsea director by the Premier League board but the club's license now allows for prize money taking and more home game spending. Should Man Utd turn to Thomas Tuchel and who is the former Liverpool 'savior' trying to save the club? Roman Abramovich has been disqualified as Chelsea director by the Premier League board but the sale of the club is expected to move forward under government supervision. The British government's sanctioning of Blues owner Abramovich on Thursday resulted in the Russian-Israeli billionaire's British assets being frozen, including Chelsea, stalling the proceedings. However, Chelsea have been given a new license to continue operations and the European champions are still in negotiations with the government to ease restrictions. Chelsea are now allowed to spend up to £900,000 on matchday costs, up from £500,000, following talks between club officials and the government. Travel expenses for away games remain at £20,000 but the club can claim prize money from the competitions they play in this season, with further changes expected in the coming days. The government reiterated that it was ready to grant another license to allow Chelsea to be sold. A government spokesman said: "The government is open to a sale of the club and would consider applying for a license to make this possible. "We are absolutely certain that such a license would not allow Roman Abramovich to benefit from the sale. "New York merchant bank The Raine Group has now reviewed the terms of the license and agreed a route for sale with the government, the PA news agency understands. The Premier League board's decision to disqualify Abramovich is unlikely to have any real impact The sales process was already underway, with Abramovich putting Chelsea up for sale on March 2, promising to write off the Blues' £1.5billion debt and divert any proceeds to a new foundation to help victims of the war in Ukraine The 19-year-old left after 19 years at the helm of Stamford Bridge to sell Chelsea amid the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine.The government sanctioned Abramovich after claiming his direct links to Vladimir's Russian regime Having proved Putin e, although the owner of Chelsea has always denied any association The for Advancement of the sale by Raine Group means Chelsea's prospects can once again push their bids to take control of the European and world champions of club play. Abramovich was understood to be willing to work on the sale under government supervision and after Raine Group has completed appropriate reviews, interested parties can proceed. Whoever buys this club must love Chelsea Football Club as Abramovich did. I don't see anyone coming back to the club and spending that kind of money. I don't know where the money is supposed to come from: I don't see anyone spending the money that Abramovich spent. In terms of players and fundraising, someone could come in and buy the club and sell five or six players straight away for £400-500m! Someone could come in and be like the Glazers at Man Utd, or someone could come in like Newcastle and flood it with money. Sir Martin Broughton, the British businessman who saved Liverpool from a bitter struggle in the boardroom a decade ago, is in talks to spearhead a bailout bid for the club. Sky News has learned that Sir Martin, a lifelong Chelsea fan, has been in talks in recent days about playing a role in bids being made by LA Dodgers baseball team partner Todd Boehly and backer Josh Harris the Philadelphia 76ers to be prepared basketball side. The former British Airways chairman is also negotiating with potential financiers to submit his own bid as Chelsea is surrounded by a field of international suitors ahead of the bid deadline next week. Mr. Goldstein runs Cain International, a real estate and development group that could be instrumental in transforming Chelsea's home of Stamford Bridge or building a new stadium. British real estate tycoon Nick Candy has also reiterated his strong interest in buying the Blues and is in the process of setting up a consortium. Chelsea saw a temporary freeze on several credit cards on Friday amid a hectic day of negotiations with the government over the terms of its new operating licence. Downing Street bosses are ready to amend the terms of the license to allow Chelsea to operate as normally as possible while ensuring Abramovich doesn't benefit. However, Chelsea argue that Abramovich has not benefited from regular operations anyway and so are hoping for a speedy recovery of a number of currently limited concerns. Chelsea cannot sell new tickets, meaning fans who do not have season tickets or pre-purchased tickets will not be able to attend future games. The Blues are unable to sell any goods, including new game programmes, meaning vendors will not be able to keep their shifts for Sunday's Premier League clash against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea players, meanwhile, are determined to show how committed they are when they face Newcastle United on Sunday, despite the uncertainty surrounding the club. A source close to the dressing room told Sky Sports News: "Now is the time to stick together until the storm is over. The club is working hard to stabilize the situation and minimize the impact of what is happening. Nobody thinks about the transfer Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports it's "hard to just focus on football" given the Russian invasion of Ukraine and feels "very privileged" to coach the Premier League to be. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was hit by British government sanctions on Thursday morning - with the Russian-Israeli billionaire's assets frozen, along with "a ban on transactions with British individuals and companies, a travel ban and transport sanctions". The 55-year-old can't make any money in the UK but the government has given Chelsea a special license to allow matches to be fulfilled, staff paid and existing ticket holders to attend matches r Chelsea cannot offer players or staff new contracts, make transfer deals or new tickets for Sell ​​games as things stand. After Chelsea's 3-1 win over Norwich on Thursday, Tuchel said he was "still happy" to be head coach but admitted he "cannot influence" the situation. In an interview with Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves ahead of his side's Super Sunday clash against Newcastle, the German was asked what he had time to reflect on in difficult circumstances. "Perhaps living in the moment has never been truer because everything else seems very, very difficult," he said. “Understanding the situation feels very difficult, seeing where it is going may be impossible. Sometimes it makes things harder, but sometimes it makes things easier to accept that there is nothing we can do right now, to wait and constantly adapt.”

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel 'still happy' to be at the club despite sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich

Thomas Tuchel said: As long as we have enough jerseys and a bus to go to the games, we will be there and play hard after Roman Abramovich is sanctioned; Emma Hayes admits the club are going through difficult times but says the war in Ukraine helps put the fighting in perspective (Author: Gardener)

Roman AbramovichThomas Tuchel says he is "still happy" to be Chelsea's head coach but admits he and the team have "no influence" on the situation after club owner Roman Abramovich was hit by UK government sanctions. The sanctions - which were imposed on Thursday morning - have resulted in a freeze on Abramovich's assets, as well as "a ban on transactions with UK individuals and companies, a travel ban and transport sanctions". The sanctions are designed to stop the 55-year-old from making any money in the UK - not even at Chelsea. Remaining positive despite the news, Tuchel told BBC Radio 5 Live after Chelsea's 3-1 win at Norwich on Thursday night: "As long as we have enough shirts and a bus to go to the games we will be there and tough to compete." Tuchel also made his comments before the game for the first time since the sanctions were imposed on Abramovich, saying: "I don't know if I'm worried, but we are aware of it and it changes almost daily. I am still happy to be here, still happy to be the manager of a strong football team and looking forward to playing today's game. I know there's a lot of noise and yet allowing ourselves to do our best to focus on football means we struggle with all the information and news out there. "It's quite a big change from yesterday to today, but we can't influence it. At the moment it seems like the business - football-wise - is more or less protected. Even in situations where noise or circumstances are so obvious, I feel privileged to have the chance to be involved in games and football training, which I love." After Chelsea's win at Carrow Road - secured by goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz - Tuchel said his side would keep competing as long as they had "enough shirts and a bus to go to the games". The head coach told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Let's see if that stays that way." "As long as we have enough shirts and a bus to go to the games, we'll be there and we'll be playing hard." The Chelsea government has one Commitment grants "special license to allow match fulfillment, staff payment and existing ticket holders to attend matches. However, Chelsea cannot offer players or staff new contracts, make transfer deals or sell new tickets for matches as things stand " Abramovich announced earlier this month that he wants to sell the club, but due to the sanctions he is currently unable to do so, but an application to sell Chelsea can be made to the government as long as the Russian-Israeli billionaire does not make a profit Ahead of the Chelsea women's trip to West Ham on Thursday night - which the Blues won 4-1 - manager Emma Hayes admitted the club was "an s having to endure difficult times,” but said the war in Ukraine helped put an end to their struggles in perspective. We're going through a really difficult time," Hayes said. Yes, we lost a game [Saturday's League Cup final loss to Manchester City], but overall it's not the end of the world. "I know the players as people and I know them as achievers and all I ask of them is that they do their best, that they switch off for 90 minutes and focus on their work and make the football club proud." In front of the women of their team, great League clash, Hayes added: "There's no denying it's a difficult day but I think it's important that we give it time." I think for all the questions everyone has - players, Fans and employees - we have to give the club time to process this. I know you hear that from football managers, [but] ultimately it's the only thing I can control." , the next 90 minutes. I think it's only right that on a difficult day players can switch off for 90 minutes." I know for my part that I'm a leader of this team and we're going to be going through a difficult time where I don't have all the answers but I certainly have an amazing dressing room, great fans and great staff at the club who are going to be there tonight deserve the very best of us." Roman Abramovich won't be able to sell Chelsea. From the beginning of this process he was behind, he didn't control this situation - the government did. He had a plan to hand over control but not ownership of the club to trustees of the Chelsea Foundation charity. That didn't work, so he released a statement saying he wanted to sell the club and that all proceeds would go to a new foundation he would set up to help all the victims of the war in Ukraine. He is now banned from making money in the UK and cannot sell Chelsea. This allows them to continue operating and fulfill their game plan despite the sanctions. They can continue to pay their players, but they won't be able to make new commitments. They cannot sell tickets to games, so only season ticket holders or people who have already bought tickets can go to games. You will not be able to make money from goods. They will be able to continue paying their players and daily bills. It goes into detail, even how much money they can spend traveling to away games. They can spend up to £20,000 on travel per team at the club. For Abramovich, that means Chelsea are now effectively out of his control. For Chelsea as a club, they can continue to operate game-to-game in the short-term, but things are very, very uncertain in the long-term. We're going to look at things like player contracts, the opening of the transfer window, whether unsigned players want to stay at the club, whether the big star players want to stay. The staff will continue to be paid, the government has made that clear. If you go to a game at Stamford Bridge I think you can still buy food and drink but you can't buy anything in the club shop. If you don't have a ticket you won't be able to see Chelsea unless you go to away games. It's a lot to digest for Chelsea supporters. A lot of people will say they feel sorry for Chelsea fans but they are not the victims here, there are far more important things in the world than football at the moment. Follow every Chelsea game in the Premier League this season with our live blogs on the Sky Sports website and app and watch game highlights just after full-time for free. Want the latest from Chelsea? Bookmark our Chelsea news page, see Chelsea games and Chelsea latest scores, watch Chelsea goals and videos, follow Premier League standings and see what Chelsea games are happening live on Sky Sports queue. Get all this and more - including notifications sent straight to your phone - by downloading the Sky Sports Scores app and setting Chelsea as your favorite team. 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Cristiano Ronaldo a genius after stunning hat-trick against Tottenham, says Roy Keane

Gary Neville is less than impressed with the team's overall performance: Man Utd aren't very good I have to say.; Man Utd finish fourth in the Premier League after Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick sealed a thrilling 3-2 win over Tottenham (Author: Gardener)

TottenhamCristiano Ronaldo was dubbed a "genius" by Roy Keane after his spectacular hat-trick propelled Manchester United to a vital 3-2 win over top-four rivals Tottenham. A week after United's humiliating 4-1 defeat in the Manchester derby, Ronaldo responded strongly to rumors of his absence from the Etihad by scoring his second hat-trick for Manchester United and lifting Ralf Rangnick's side into fourth place in the Premier League catapulted. Ronaldo's first-half thunderbolt and close-range finish, both sides of Harry Kane's penalty, gave United the lead at the break. After Spurs equalized for the second time through Harry Maguire's own goal, Ronaldo had the last word as he completed a stunning hat-trick with a late, superb header. "Ronaldo looked angry today, he played with a lot of aggression," Keane told Sky Sports. "He's obviously upset about what happened last week but he showed today what we've seen over the years. “The guy is a genius; His three goals were fantastic. He brings so much to the team why people think he can't bring goals or value..." Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville added: "The belief Ronaldo has in himself. He's in the twilight of his career, but he's absolutely sensational, a superstar of modern football, one of the greatest of all time and all-time all-time leading scorer. "Manchester United are not very good, I have to say. The fans are thrilled because they've seen Ronaldo, they feel like they've seen something special." Ronaldo's stunning treble made him the FIFA-recognized top goalscorer in football history as he took his career goals tally to a staggering 807 and counting. "Forget FIFA, that's a lot of goals," added Keane. "Scoring goals is the hardest part of the game." Neville continued: "Ronaldo always wanted to be the top scorer. He thinks he's the greatest of all time and his record is just obscene. Ronaldo's latest inspirational performance raised questions about whether his talent would be available for Manchester United next season. The striker's contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of next season and Neville believes the final decision will be made by Ronaldo and Ronaldo alone. "There's this upcoming decision at the end of the season that I know everyone thinks is coming," Neville said. "Is Ronaldo going to play at Manchester United next season? It's not in their talent, Ronaldo will make that decision, he has one year left on his contract, it's a question of whether he wants to be here and whether this is a project for him." believes in." Keane added, "Games like tonight will help him make decisions. Great as he is, Ronaldo's next challenge is to get this United team to fight for league titles again. "If he's producing like that, you need Ronaldo on his team. Ronaldo has done it his whole career, he's been doing it for years. I think he can do it for another season." Speculation about the 37-year-old's future and the criticism he has drawn for a lack of pressing may have dominated the agenda in recent weeks, but Neville believes United's biggest problem is poor and inconsistent defensive performance. "Manchester United are not very good, I have to say," added Neville. De Gea could make three or four good saves, maybe not, he could let one through his legs and they could lose the game. "We're sitting here talking about Manchester United winning because of a particular performance from Cristiano Ronaldo, but it could easily have gone the other way if we're talking about Tottenham winning because overall that performance wasn't great. “But they did get over the line and it was an important one today, obviously Arsenal play Leicester tomorrow, they are big favorites for the top four, if United had lost today they probably would have been out of sight.

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Cristiano Ronaldo makes everything possible for ManUnited

It's not yet time to replace Ronaldo: he promises a top-four finish in the Premier League and a run in this edition of the Champions League for Man United. (Author: Gardener)

Cristiano RonaldoMANCHESTER, England -- There are people at Manchester United who would be keen to sign Harry Kane should he become available in the summer - but as the Tottenham striker looked on, Cristiano Ronaldo once again showed everyone he's not ready for it just yet yet to be replaced. The 37-year-old forward scored all three goals as United went 3-2 past Spurs at Old Trafford on Saturday and almost single-handedly kept their hopes of a top-four finish this season alive. With his second goal, Ronaldo scored for the For the 806th time in his professional career, he officially became the top scorer the game has ever seen, at least according to the records that exist. Goal No. 807 – a powerful header 10 minutes from time that the game is delicately aimed at 2-2 – was much more telling in the race for Champions League football against a side also in the hunt. Greatness recognizes greatness. "That was his best performance today, at least since I've been here," said coach Ralf Rangnick. "He was good in training on Thursday and that's why I decided to bring him in." It wasn't just the three goals today, he was also part of the team when they had the ball. It was probably our best performance considering the quality of the opponents. It was necessary, we had to win the game 25-meter ball that flew past Hugo Lloris, but until the final whistle there was only one winner in the strikers' battle. It was the kind of performance from the Portuguese striker that will make United fans believe anything is still possible this season, with Ronaldo in the team, they'll appreciate their chances of beating Atletico Madrid here on Tuesday night and once they're in Quarter-finals of the Champions League, anything can happen. With Man United already five-time winners of the competition, even the fans will believe that after a largely stunning season, Ronaldo still made it to 6. That moment wasn't to be, but twice against Tottenham he created something out of nowhere in the penalty area - but three touches later Lloris lay sprawled on the ground and the ball was in the net. His second to make it 2-1 was a tap-in, thanks in large part to a pass from Nemanja Matic and a poor offside trap from Tottenham. which allowed Jadon Sancho to escape on the left. But his third, after a Harry Maguire own goal had made it 2-2, had come from a desire to score goals few could ever match.United looked tiring as Telles sent in a corner from the right, but Ronaldo still found the energy to break past Matt Doherty and drive past Lloris. Almost immediately, an image began circulating on social media showing the horror on Doherty's face moments before the ball hit the net as he realized it was the one who had just knocked him out of the way . He already knew. "It's a challenge with a player like Ronaldo but he showed today that he still has the quality to play for a club like Manchester United." Perhaps an offer for Kane or another striker can wait a year. Of United's 10 shots, Ronaldo had eight and five goals as he scored his first hat-trick for the club since January 2008. Incidentally, he helped United win the Champions League that season. Atletico are on the alert. However, his 59th hat-trick of his career immediately sent United back to fourth place. Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Wolves all have games in hand but against Ronaldo in this irresistible form you wouldn't bet them staying there. "It was an amazing performance," said Antonio Conte. It wouldn't have been a good night for United without Cristiano Ronaldo. “With him in the team there is always a chance.

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Ronaldo says 'No limits for Man Utd'

Cristiano Ronaldo says there is 'no limit' for Manchester United after his hat-trick helped them beat Tottenham Hotspur. (Author: Gardener)

RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo says there is 'no limit' for Manchester United after his hat-trick helped them beat Tottenham Hotspur. "Incredibly happy with my first hat trick since returning to Old Trafford!" wrote the Portuguese striker on Instagram. "There's nothing like the feeling of being back on the pitch and helping the team with goals and commitment." "We've proven once again that we can beat any team any day as long as we work hard and work together as a unit. There are no limits for ManUnited! The performance came a week after Ronaldo missed the Manchester derby by flying to Portugal after being told he was being dropped. United boss Ralf Rangnick then dismissed the accusation, saying the 37-year-old had been ruled out because of a hip injury. However, after what the German described as Ronaldo's best performance "on and off the ball" since joining the club as caretaker manager in November, he wondered if the player's build-up was worth repeating. "We were just joking that maybe it makes sense to send him to Portugal for three days, then not let him train for two days and then bring him back, by the way he played at a similar level in training on Thursday," he said he Rangnik. "After that training session, I decided to play him today even though he hasn't trained in a week. Maybe we'll have to do that for the rest of the season." Ronaldo's influence at United has been questioned as their season unraveled. Yet only Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has scored more than the 37-year-old's 12 goals in the Premier League and no United player has scored more than half of his total of 18 goals in all competitions. Midfielder Paul Pogba has no doubts about Ronaldo's value for United. "He was never a problem," said the France international. "If you have the best striker in history in our team, that can't be a problem. Today he showed why he is Cristiano Ronaldo. The performance by him and the whole team was very brilliant." There have been claims that Ronaldo's hat-trick has been recognized as Fifa's all-time top goalscorer, overtaking Czech-Austrian Josef Bican's 805th-top scorer. But the only time the Fifa website mentions Bican's 805 goals is in an article stating it's an estimated total, and not calling it a record. A Fifa tweet about Ronaldo's hat-trick didn't even mention the record. The Czech FA say Bican, who died in 2001, scored 821 goals and the unofficial statisticians RSSSF - who originally reported the figure of 805 - now say he has scored more than 950 goals. These include strikes in amateur and reserve games, and for regional teams. Ronaldo is definitely the all-time top scorer among football's top players (although we don't know for how long). Lionel Messi is next with 759 goals for Argentina (80), Barcelona (672) and Paris St-Germain (seven). Ronaldo still has some way to go to beat the top three names on the RSSSF list (which all contain unofficial matches), Germany's Erwin Helmchen (987+), Bican and England's Ronald Rooke (929+). Sky Sports pundits were impressed by Ronaldo's performance. Ex-United defender Gary Neville said: "Cristiano Ronaldo was absolutely sensational." [The first goal] was absolutely brilliant. Ronaldo was the star of the show. It was a special goal. He thinks he's the greatest of all time and wants to play all the time. Those are goals scored at the highest level." Former United captain Roy Keane added: "Ronaldo has been criticized but the way he performed tonight - that's what he's done throughout his career. “He has a huge role to play in rebuilding the club. You need Ronaldo on your team when he's producing like that.” “Has he been at his best this season? Probably not, but if he plays you have a better chance of winning football games. If he plays week after week he will produce for you. Ronaldo has been doing this for years. He produces these moments. "Scoring goals is the most difficult part of the game. Scoring so many goals, what more is there to say? Tottenham manager Antonio Conte also praised Ronaldo's performance, saying the Portuguese is the greatest player of modern times alongside Messi. However." He also has to contend with his team's startling inconsistency: Tottenham began a seven-game streak with a home loss to Wolves, have since won one game, lost the next three times and left a filled Tottenham season with uncertainty - they still have one Chance for top four but also at risk of missing out on European qualifiers overall "I'm enjoying my time at Tottenham," he said .

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Cristiano Ronaldo makes everything possible for ManUnited

It's not yet time to replace Ronaldo: he promises a top-four finish in the Premier League and a run in this edition of the Champions League for Man United. (Author: Gardener)

Cristiano RonaldoSteve Nicol shares his thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick in Manchester United's 3-2 win over Spurs in the Premier League. MANCHESTER, England -- There are people at Manchester United who would be keen to sign Harry Kane should he become available in the summer - but as the Tottenham striker looked on, Cristiano Ronaldo once again showed everyone he's not ready for it just yet yet to be replaced. The 37-year-old forward scored all three goals as United went 3-2 past Spurs at Old Trafford on Saturday and almost single-handedly kept hopes of a top-four finish this season alive. With his second, Ronaldo scored the 806th goal of his professional career, officially becoming the top scorer the game has ever seen, at least according to existing records. Goal No. 807 - a powerful header 10 minutes from time in a delicate 2-2 score - was far more meaningful in the race for Champions League football against a side also in the hunt. "That was his best performance today, at least since I've been here," said coach Ralf Rangnick. "It wasn't just the three goals today, he was part of the team when they had possession. That was probably our best performance considering the quality of the opponent. It was necessary, we had to win the game." Kane played his part with a first-half penalty to make it 1-1 after Ronaldo, who was back with the team after recovering from a hip flexor problem, sent United with a 25-yard ball , who flew past Hugo Lloris, there was only one winner in the strikers' battle at the final whistle, and it was the Portuguese striker's performance that will have United fans believing anything is still possible this season, with Ronaldo as a team they will be calculating their chances of beating Atletico Madrid here on Tuesday night and anything can happen once they are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.With Man United already having won the competition five times, some fans will believe that Ronaldo has could do six more even after a largely overwhelming season Midway through the first half, Alex Telles deflected a hopeful cross from the left Ronaldo was outnumbered Lean and muscular, sandwiched between Eric Dier and Ben Davies, but Old Trafford still held their breath, waiting for something spectacular against the odds. That moment wasn't meant to be, but twice against Tottenham he created something out of thin air. Catching Fred's flick outside Tottenham's box hardly seemed dangerous - but three touches later, Lloris was sprawled on the ground and the ball was in the net. His second to make it 2-1 was a tap-in, thanks in large part to a pass from Nemanja Matic and a poor offside trap from Tottenham that allowed Jadon Sancho to escape down the left. United looked tiring when Telles brought in a corner from the right, but Ronaldo still found the energy to move past Matt Doherty and past Lloris. Almost immediately, an image began circulating on social media showing the horror on Doherty's face moments before the ball hit the net as he realized it was the one who had just knocked him out of the way . "I didn't expect him to score three goals, but I expected him to score," said Rangnick. "It's a challenge with a player like Ronaldo but he showed today that he still has the quality to play for a club like Manchester United." Perhaps an offer for Kane or another striker can wait a year. Of United's 10 shots, Ronaldo had eight, five of which were on target as he scored his first hat-trick for the club since January 2008. By the way, he helped United win the Champions League that season. More immediately, however, his 59th career hat-trick sent United back to fourth place. Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Wolves all have games in their hands but against Ronaldo in this irresistible form you wouldn't bet them staying there. "It was an amazing performance," praised Antonio Conte. It wouldn't have been a good night for United without Cristiano Ronaldo." With him in the team, there's always a chance.

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