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How Ulla Klopp helped husband Jurgen turn down Manchester United move ahead of Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp revealed on Thursday that his wife Ulla played a key role in his decision to extend his stay at Liverpool (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolThe news that Jurgen Klopp is extending his stay at Anfield is the announcement all Liverpool fans were hoping for. The German's replies on his future in recent months seemed to indicate he was ready to retire at the club in 2024 when his contract expired, but the 54-year-old has now made the decision to extend his tenure at the club Reds by a further two years until 2026. Klopp explained why he chose to stay on Merseyside beyond his expected departure date, explaining that his wife Ulla had played an influential role. READ MORE: Every word of Jurgen Klopp's incredible response to his Liverpool vision after signing new deal READ MORE: FSG give intriguing hint at Liverpool's next move after Jurgen Klopp contract HAVE YOUR MESSAGE: Send your message to Klopp, after the new contract was confirmed, the kitchen at the table and Ulla said: 'I can't imagine that we go in 2024.' And I thought, 'What?!' "No, really, [with] all the people around." You won't know Lisa, but she is very important to us, it's about Danielle, it's about so many people, that's the first moment and then of course it's about the club and all the people that I don't know personally I know it too, so it all started." And this isn't the first time Liverpool have had Klopp's partner to thank. The Reds boss, who is set to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2013, is said to have turned down the opportunity, after Ulla advised her on the vacant position, says Reds legend Phil Thompson, who previously told Norwegian broadcaster TV 2: "I interviewed Klopp for Sky and asked if he and Liverpool were made for each other."Then Klopp told me , he could have taken over Manchester United but his wife said it wasn't right When Liverpool arrived his wife said it was right Leimer was spotted standing on top of a dustbin and now seems keen on following the side away from home, having attended away games at Manchester United and Manchester City this season.

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I chose Barca Man Utd over Liverpool

Barcelona's Ronald Araujo said he was not distracted by interest from Manchester United or Liverpool before signing a new contract this week. (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolBarcelona's Ronald Araujo has said money is not the most important factor after confirming he had turned down more lucrative offers from the Premier League before signing a new contract with the Blaugrana this week. Araujo, 23, on Friday signed a contract extension that will keep him at the Camp Nou until 2026 with his release clause rising to €1bn. - ESPN+ Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more - Don't have ESPN? The defender's previous tenures were due to expire in 2023 and ESPN previously revealed that Manchester United and Liverpool were ready to improve Barca's proposal. Speaking to ESPN, Araujo said his first choice has always been to stay at Barca despite having money available elsewhere, which he joined in 2018. "I'm really happy and I'm convinced that staying is the right decision because the club has good years to come," said the Uruguayan. "I was always sure that I wanted to stay. There were big offers from abroad but I'm happy at Barcelona. We all gave a little bit to reach an agreement, which is what we all wanted. I was convinced of what I wanted." It's true that money is a factor, but for me it's not the most important thing. I'm happy at Barcelona." Araujo is one of a growing number of youngsters at Barca who will join Pedri, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres in a €1bn release clause. The centre-back believes the club's young talent will help will help bring back the success as Barca will end the current season without a trophy for the second time in three seasons."The idea is to be here for many years," added Araujo. "And maybe in two years I can renew again and strive for even more [success]. "I am convinced that with the team and the project that we are building [with coach Xavi Hernandez] we will achieve a lot of things in the future. If not, I would not have stayed. I am a winner and I always want to win. We have a young team with a lot of talent. The young people are already showing how good they are, so imagine how good they will be in a few years." We can also add more people to the project and honestly I am confident that good times will come for Barcelona." Araujo, who has made 78 appearances for Barca since rising from the B team, is aiming for the World Cup with Uruguay in Qatar later this year. "I'm really excited about the national team that we have," he said. "There are a lot of talented young players mixing in with the veterans. We're going to have a good World Cup, knowing we have a tough group [Portugal, South Korea and Senegal]."

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Rangnick appointed head coach of Austria

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick will be Austria coach, but will work in an advisory capacity for the club. (Author: Gardener)

Austria"I'm really looking forward to playing my part in United becoming a real force again," he said. The 63-year-old German has signed a two-year deal with Austria and will join them after the Premier League season ends in May. "It's an honor for me to take on the managerial role," he said. "The prospect of contesting the European Championship in Germany with a young team hungry for success fills me with great anticipation." Austria, 23rd in the FIFA rankings, has been in the FIFA rankings since Franco Foda's resignation in March after failing to qualify for this year's World Cup without a head coach. "We are very pleased that we were able to win an outstanding expert on international football as team manager," said Gerhard Milletich, President of the Austrian Football Association. "We are all convinced that he is the ideal man and that his vision will take the national team forward." United have won 10 of their 25 games in all competitions since Rangnick replaced the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November. United are sixth in the table, five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with three games to go. Ajax manager Erik ten Hag takes over in the summer, becoming United's fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013. Rangnick gave up his position as head of sport and development at Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow to join United after he an impressive team of coaches had built a reputation in Germany. He won the German Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League with Schalke in 2011. In negotiating his two-year adviser role at United, which will come into effect at the end of the season, Rangnick made it clear he wanted to be free to pursue other roles. The international game is different and with so many players from the Red Bull franchise in the Austria squad, the appeal is obvious. However, Rangnick has also said he is committed to the two-year, six-day-a-month advisory role he has agreed with United. It's up to them how much they fall back on Rangnick, who resigns when his services aren't needed.

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United need to focus on youth, not stars

Ralf Rangnick said he will urge Manchester United to sign younger players in the future rather than focus on established star names. (Author: Gardener)

UnitedDon Hutchison breaks down Cristiano Ronaldo's season and the lack of effort from the players around him. Don Hutchison breaks down Cristiano Ronaldo's season and the lack of effort from the players around him. Ralf Rangnick said he will urge Manchester United to sign younger players in the future rather than focus on signing established star names. Rangnick was appointed Austria's new head coach on Friday, signing a contract until 2024. The 63-year-old is being advised on recruitment and said he would prefer United to target young players while at the same time moving away from a well-known philosophy the club gives big bucks for Angel Di Maria, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba. "In my opinion, the club should try to find future top players and develop them," said Rangnick. “We just have to look at the other top clubs in England and also elsewhere in Europe and what players they have signed in the past and you will get the answer. “It is obvious that the club and the team need new players. Some players are out of contracts and others may want more playing time and are already on loan. “It is obvious that the club needs some new players. You need mentality, quality, physicality and skill – the whole package.” United are set to miss out on a place in next season's Champions League after falling behind Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for the top four. Rangnick insisted the club could attract the right players even without Champions League football, but accepted they could struggle if Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are also interested. "As a club with fans, stadium, quality of training ground I would say yes [United is attractive] but once other clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are involved you need good reasons," added Rangnick. "Someone has to explain to the players and that's why it's important what Erik [ten Hag] thinks. Rangnick has three games left as interim manager, starting with Brentford's trip to Old Trafford on Monday. Jadon Sancho, who made the 1- 1- Draw against Chelsea could miss the rest of the season as the England international suffers from tonsillitis."Jadon may be out for the rest of the season," said Rangnick. "With the last game still three weeks away, for the next two I think it's unlikely.

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Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United agent job and what he will do

The German will remain at Old Trafford beyond the summer, but not as a manager (Author: Gardener)

Ralf Rangnick'sRalf Rangnick, Manchester United interim manager, will step into an advisory role at the end of the season but what exactly will he be doing in his new role? Rangnick was drafted in to stabilize the ship at Old Trafford following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, with Man Utd signing him on a short-term deal for the remainder of the 2021-22 season. United first revealed that Rangnick would take on an "advisory role" in his official statement confirming his arrival as interim head coach on November 29. "In addition, I look forward to supporting the club's longer-term goals on an advisory basis." Meanwhile, Rangnick has reaffirmed his staying at Old Trafford but has also been appointed as Austria's new manager and will balance his time between the two jobs through the 2024 season, but I will continue my coaching at Manchester United," he said on April 29. "I'm really looking forward to doing my part in helping United become a real force again. I'm honored to take on the role of the [Austria] manager." It has been reported that Rangnick will advise Man Utd on transfers in his new position after identifying where the squad needs strengthening during his time in the Old Trafford dugout. The 63-year-old confirmed this after United's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on April 30 and also revealed he will be looking to bring out the club's next generation of talent through the academy. "For me, recruitment is the most important thing," Rangnick said at a press conference. "That's the main point where we get the best possible players to talk about it and what that can be, it's not just identifying them but meeting them to convince them to join the club, although we won't be playing in the Champions League. Again, in terms of top players for the academy, Mason Greenwood has probably been one of the most talented players in recent years, that's the most important part for me over the next two or three years." United have a deal for Erik ten Hag from Ajax agreed as the new permanent manager, with the Dutchman set to replace Rangnick at the end of his final season at the Johan Cruyff Arena.Ten Hag has agreed to an initial three-year contract at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils having the option to keep him on for a further year keep if he achieves his goals Rangnick has not yet been in contact with the new coach but is confident he is the right man to take the club forward after an impressive five-year stint at Ajax.

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Explained: Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United agent job and what he will do

Ralf Rangnick is set to take up an adviser role at Man Utd at the end of the season but what will he do? (Author: Gardener)

Ralf Rangnick'sRalf Rangnick, Manchester United interim manager, will step into an advisory role at the end of the season but what exactly will he be doing in his new role? Rangnick was drafted in to stabilize the ship at Old Trafford following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, with Man Utd signing him on a short-term deal for the remainder of the 2021-22 season. United first revealed that Rangnick would take on an "advisory role" in his official statement confirming his arrival as interim head coach on November 29. "In addition, I look forward to supporting the club's longer-term goals on an advisory basis." Meanwhile, Rangnick has reaffirmed his staying at Old Trafford but has also been appointed as Austria's new manager and will balance his time between the two jobs through the 2024 season, but I will continue my coaching at Manchester United," he said on April 29. "I'm really looking forward to doing my part in helping United become a real force again. I'm honored to take on the role of the [Austria] manager." It has been reported that Rangnick will advise Man Utd on transfers in his new position after identifying where the squad needs strengthening during his time in the Old Trafford dugout. The 63-year-old confirmed this after United's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on April 30 and also revealed he will be looking to bring out the club's next generation of talent through the academy. "For me, recruitment is the most important thing," Rangnick said at a press conference. "That's the main point where we get the best possible players to talk about it and what that can be, it's not just identifying them but meeting them to convince them to join the club, although we won't be playing in the Champions League. Again, in terms of top players for the academy, Mason Greenwood has probably been one of the most talented players in recent years, that's the most important part for me over the next two or three years." United have a deal for Erik ten Hag from Ajax agreed as the new permanent manager, with the Dutchman set to replace Rangnick at the end of his final season at the Johan Cruyff Arena.Ten Hag has agreed to an initial three-year contract at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils having the option to keep him on for a further year keep if he achieves his goals Rangnick has not yet been in contact with the new coach but is confident he is the right man to take the club forward after an impressive five-year stint at Ajax.

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Manchester City and Liverpool face a title test

Join Niall McVeigh for the latest news, team updates and previews ahead of another pivotal weekend (Author: Gardener)

Manchester CityBy continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Join Niall McVeigh for the latest news, team updates and previews ahead of another pivotal weekend. The Ukraine men's national team meets Borussia Mönchengladbach on May 11, in the team's first game since the country was invaded by Russia. The friendly at Gladbach's Borussia-Park in Germany is in preparation for June's World Cup play-off against Scotland, with all proceeds from the game going to charity for the people of Ukraine. "We are very pleased to be able to help the Ukrainian Football Association with this game and hope that as many football fans as possible from all over the country will come to the stadium and donate to a good cause by buying a ticket," said Gladbach's Managing Director Stephan Schippers. "All Ukrainian citizens have free entry to the game." The Women's Super League title race is heating up - Chelsea's win over Spurs last night puts them four points clear of Arsenal but the Gunners have one game left, three games still to play. Chelsea have two games left - they visit Birmingham City this Sunday before hosting Manchester United next Sunday. Arsenal head to Aston Villa this weekend and host Tottenham in the north London derby on Wednesday before heading to West Ham on the final day. Also read: England and Kerr fire Chelsea to beat Tottenham and extend WSL lead As the 2021/22 campaign draws to a close, I'd love to hear your nominations for Player of the Season at every level. Bobby Copping was 19 and about to break into the Peterborough first-team when he headed a ball during pre-season training and everything changed. After his career was ended by the mysterious injury, he is now building a career behind the scenes at London Road. Ryan Baldi met him: See also: Bobby Copping: The Footballer Whose Life Changed One Header. Jesse Marsch's Leeds have a chance to derail Manchester City's title fight this weekend and Marsch is hoping his team can prove 'nuisance' opponents. "I know that playing against the relegated teams can often be a tedious game and that's our job that day to make the game tedious for Man City," said Marsch. We are expected to lose this game every time. I don't think so, but I can understand why that's the expectation. We know what we want the game to look like and we know what we want the game to look like. Leeds are unbeaten in their last five games but are not sure yet and Marsch will not waste time checking the permutations. "I don't have the energy to think about the table and how other teams are doing... I assumed from the second I took the job that by May 22 I would be knee deep in everything, and I think it will stay that way.” A little more from Jurgen Klopp on whether his contract extension could make a difference for players who are yet to sign a new contract. If it's a positive sign for the boys, great - but I don't think that's the only thing that matters in any decision they make in life. The Austrian Football Association has now confirmed Ralf Rangnick's commitment for an initial period of two years. Should Austria qualify for the EURO, the contract will be automatically extended until the 2026 World Cup. Rangnick takes over after resigning as interim manager of Manchester United at the end of the season - he is expected to continue his advisory role at the club. He will referee Austria's Nations League matches against Croatia, Denmark and France ahead of the Euro 2024 qualifiers. "It's an honor for me to take on this role," said Rangnick. "I'm particularly looking forward to taking part in the European Championships in Germany with a young team that is hungry for success." Dean Smith was in front and Norwich are in danger of going under this weekend. If they lose at Smith's former club Aston Villa and Burnley beat Watford at Vicarage Road, the Canaries will return to the Championship. Our players show up week in and week out, there's no lack of interest.” Smith also defended the club's sporting director Stuart Webber, who was confronted by some fans after the home defeat to Newcastle. A little more from Eddie Howe on the test Liverpool will offer their side: “We know that tomorrow only our best – and I would probably say better than what we have delivered so far – will be good enough. I've been watching Liverpool closely for a long time and they're just an incredible team. They have a way of winning games even when they're not at their best, which is probably the hallmark of a great team, and when they're at their best they're almost unstoppable." that Ralf Rangnick has agreed to take over as head coach of Austria. Rangnick is expected to continue in his planned advisory role at Manchester United - although I have a feeling his time at Old Trafford could be coming to an end in six months in a little-noticed press release. Related: Rangnick agrees to take job in Austria but stays at Manchester United Jurgen Klopp has just wrapped up his pre-game press, fresh from the extension of his Liverpool contract until 2026. He has said he feels revitalized this season following the struggles of a coronavirus. devastated campaign last year. You realize what you really miss when you no longer have it. We feel like we're in the middle, not at the end. We're trying to reach that sunny spot together.” Prepare for the weekend's top action with our 10-part guide: On topic: Premier League: 10 things to watch out for this weekend. Tony Roberts. "I was on the Wales team when we almost got there, USA 94. I cried my eyes out that night and to get there now I'd probably be crying at 52." See also: Tony Roberts by Wolves: 'The WhatsApp group we have comes alive at 1am' Bruno Lage spoke to reporters this morning and the Wolves manager believes it's time for his side to push to Europe. but now we have five games in 20 days," said Lage. "I'm challenging them now, the last corner, the last 100 meters, we see the finish line in front of us, we have to fight for sixth and seventh place and play European football." It feels like Wolves have been at the for a few months Door knock only to be hit somewhere like Turf Moor just as the top 6/7 are within reach. They host Brighton tomorrow with their final home game against Norwich. The problem is that their other games are against Chelsea (A), Man City (H) and Liverpool (A). Still, as the saying goes, they are a match for anyone in their day. Eddie Howe has revealed Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier are almost ready to return but not in time for tomorrow's game. We won't put them at risk, but if they're fit we'll use them like any other player. I think that's important. We saw Kieran on the pitch and he did a session with us. Callum isn't quite there yet but he's getting closer and doing a lot of work with the sports science team.” Newcastle announced on Friday that defender Fabian Schär had signed a new two-year contract. "I really like him as a player," Howe said. He's had a long time away from the team and initially it was quite difficult for him to get back into the team, but he's picked up his rhythm and form. “I think everyone knows that technically Fab is a very, very good footballer. The most important thing he has proven is that he can defend very, very effectively within the team structure we gave him.” More on the news that Channel 4 will be showing England men's games free-to-air until 2024. In other news - the Football Writers' Association (FWA) has named Liverpool's Mohamed Salah its Men's Footballer of the Year for the second time with Chelsea, while striker Sam Kerr won the women's award. Salah won 48% of the vote, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was second and West Ham's Declan Rice third. Kerr was similarly dominant, earning 40% of the vote to finish ahead of Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema and City's Lauren Hemp. Some interesting early news: Channel 4 announced that it has acquired the rights to broadcast England men's Nations League matches, as well as Euro 2024 qualifiers and friendlies. In all, Channel 4 will broadcast 20 live England matches between 2022 and 2024, all on free-to-air television. The Nations League season features four games in June - two against Hungary, a trip to Germany and Italy in Molineux - before the return legs against Italy and Germany in September. Hello and welcome to a long weekend of football full of clashes at every turn. Every game is big for Liverpool and Manchester City – but Saturday's tasks at the cathedrals of St James's Park and Elland Road respectively are likely to add even more excitement to the title race. Elsewhere, Dean Smith brings Norwich to Villa Park knowing the defeat could return the Canaries to the Championship if Burnley score at Watford. It would also be bad news for Frank Lampard, who is in dire need of something from his former employers when Chelsea visit Goodison on Sunday. In the top-four race, Arsenal face another test at West Ham as Spurs look to end their own stumble against Leicester. Beyond the Premier League, we could see Real Madrid win La Liga on Saturday and Celtic almost regain the Scottish title in Sunday's Old Firm derby. Chelsea and Arsenal continue their thrilling WSL title fight and the Women's Champions League finalists have been chosen. We'll have team news, previews and more, so let's put our classics on and have a little dance, shall we?

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Marcus Rashford's moment during Manchester United vs Chelsea confirmed why fans are furious

Man United drew 1-1 with Chelsea on Thursday thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's goal, but the away side dominated the game. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaManchester United fans organized another protest against Glazer on Thursday night. Thousands of fans marched with banners and pyro before kick-off and Old Trafford was only a third full at the start of the game. Fans finally got through the turnstiles after 17 minutes – one minute for each year the Glazer family owned the club – but the animosity towards the American owners remained palpable at Old Trafford. There were renditions of 'stand up if you hate the Glazers' and 'love United hate the Glazers' throughout, and fans are hoping the anger doesn't settle over the summer. United fans have understandably never accepted the Glazers and that anger has been compounded by performances this season. READ ALSO: Manchester United need two midfield signings after problems against Chelsea United fans are angry at the Glazers, but they are also angry at the club's players. The players must take responsibility for this train wreck of the season that has seen the club end their longest trophy drought in 40 years. United fans have resorted to, "You're not fit to wear the shirt". One would have to go back a few decades to the last time this chant was heard on the terraces of Old Trafford. United fans cheered a strong challenge from Bruno Fernandes last night and it proved they don't ask for much. You haven't seen a dedicated, hard-working and spirited team this season. Marcus Rashford from Wythenshawe is one of their own backers and you'd think that would make him more of a contender for the jersey when it comes to chips, but the reality is very different. United fans can forgive Rashford for not being on form this season but they cannot accept his refusal to do the basics. Rashford summed up what's wrong with United's dressing room against Chelsea. Ralf Rangnick asked Rashford and Anthony Elanga to swap sides just before the break and that's probably because he knew the latter would indeed be backtracked. Rashford is naïve if he thinks Rangnick won't speak to Erik ten Hag before the summer. Elanga and Cristiano Ronaldo worked on the ball last night to find a compromise for their teammate's running weakness. Both players have worked hard in positions they really didn't want to be in, while Rashford didn't - that's why fans are starting to turn against him. Rashford certainly wasn't the only perpetrator last night, but his failure to backtrack was notable and unacceptable. Rashford has had a difficult season so the least he can do is show some spirit and will to play for the club he supported as a child. This Manchester United side is alien to what the club stands for. Rashford should be aware of this embarrassment and he should make up for his recent lack of quality with hard work. Rashford failed to do that when he played and that's why the fans are furious.

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Erik ten Hag has a transfer issue at Manchester United that he may not be able to fix right away

A summer transfer issue was highlighted as Man Utd drew 1-1 with Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday night. (Author: Gardener)

ErikIt speaks volumes about Manchester United's disarray that a 1-1 home draw with Chelsea, in which they have been consistently dominated, is paraded as some kind of minor success. "An improvement," was how Nemanja Matic described the tie after full-time, while long-time colleague Juan Mata insisted that "everyone gave it their all" to secure an unlikely point and delay the inevitable failure of Champions League qualification. Anyone who watched the Old Trafford clash will have been aware of the quality gap between the two sides, no more so than at full-back where Chelsea humiliated United with the quality on offer. READ MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to what Manchester United team-mates did after Chelsea goal In fact, Chelsea's opening goal came from full-back Marcos Alonso's left boot, who was great throughout. But the real star of the show was Reece James, another tremendous talent who offers everything United lack in wide defences. "What a player Reece James is," Roy Keane said after full-time. "He looks like a boxer. Chelsea are a lucky club to have him. United's struggles this season haven't helped when fierce rivals Man City and Liverpool have both been near-shooting, nor is they helped by the fact that Thomas Tuchel's side have impressed yet again and could yet win the FA Cup although it is again a full-back where similar comparisons can be made with City, Liverpool and Chelsea all having world-class full-backs whilst United's pool of players Ralf Rangnick are hands tied at the moment with Luke Shaw out for the season, although his persistence with Alex Telles at left is undermined by the promising potential of Alvaro Fernandez beneath him Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been a terrible signing for United, despite a decent first season and just three years after arriving for £50m he is now set to sign e in a return to youth club Crystal Palace. It's almost impossible to criticize Wan-Bissaka without mentioning that United boasted of having spotted 804 full-backs before settling on him. That in itself shows a big problem at the club and a lack of confidence to waste so many resources on such a large database that they can never focus on those who really stand out from the crowd. It was a similar case with Telles' signing two years ago, when United claimed they had scouted him since 2014. However, it would be difficult to name a player who isn't on United's radar when they see close to a thousand players per position and still sign the most obvious. Diogo Dalot has shown promise since signing but still lacks the authority to be a starter at this United side. It's that lack of quality that could make Brandon Williams a beneficiary under Erik ten Hag this summer. He has done well on loan at Norwich this season, away from the Old Trafford bubble, and at least has the struggle and desire to play for United which few seem to have at the moment. The draw with Chelsea has only further underscored United's need to invest in full-back in the next few transfer windows, but with the club focused on signing at least one central midfielder, one younger striker and another centre-back it's an area in which to work where improvements are possible must be postponed to next year. Even in an ideal world, they won't be able to solve all the problems they need this summer.

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Rangnick accepts Manchester United are relying on Ronaldo but is unsure if he wants to stay and play for Ten Hag

Manchester United have depended on Cristiano Ronaldo this season, admits caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick (Author: Gardener)

Manchester UnitedManchester United have relied on Cristiano Ronaldo this season, interim manager Ralf Rangnick admits, though he's not yet sure the veteran striker will be with the club next season. Ronaldo drove to United's rescue again on Thursday, equalizing in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea to keep Premier League top-four hopes alive. With the upcoming change in the Old Trafford dugout, there is uncertainty surrounding Ronaldo and Rangnick is unable to give firm assurances about the club's talisman at this stage. Asked by reporters after the game if United were reliant on the 37-year-old, Rangnick indicated they did, as he said: "We're going through the list of names who have been missing since the West Ham game . They know we did. All attacking players on the pitch, the only one on the bench was Juan Mata." Ronaldo is the only United player to score in double figures this season, his 23 in all competitions more than double as high as that of any other man in the squad.Rangnick, on the other hand, defended his team and said: "We still have to be fair to the players. We had quite a few other players who scored goals. I remember my first 10 games and we had 10 different goalscorers." If you compare our players to those that Chelsea had, the bench to those that Chelsea had. "Yes, at the moment we rely a lot on Cristiano, he also performed well when Chelsea had possession. Rangnick will leave the coaching seat next season and switch to a consulting role - which he will now do on the side as coach of the Austrian men's national team. He will be replaced as United manager by Erik ten Hag, leaving Ronaldo's status at the club more uncertain and Rangnick refused to speculate on what the new manager will decide. Rangnick said: "This is something that we should talk about between Erik and the board and myself. "Again, I haven't spoken to Erik yet, so there's no point in talking about it now." While uncertainty swirls around him, Ronaldo was once again United's hero on the pitch as his equalizer earned them a vital point against Chelsea on Thursday as they pursued Champions League qualifying. Ronaldo wrote on Instagram afterwards: "Thank you for the support at Old Trafford tonight.

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