Ronaldo's role at Manchester United in question upon Rangnick's arrival

Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench in United's draw with Chelsea, which could be the new normal if Ralf Rangnick takes over Old Trafford. (Author: Gardener)

RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo stormed straight into the tunnel at the end of Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, without even looking over his shoulder at his teammates or the fans who are so willingly chanting his name. It was certainly not due to fatigue, considering he had only been involved for 26 minutes after replacing goalscorer Jadon Sancho as a substitute for the second half. Perhaps it was the realization that once interim manager Ralf Rangnick arrives at Old Trafford, he may have to get used to the experience he had at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. Unless Rangnick changes his overall approach to the game, United's tactics and line-up under the new coach will be very similar to those of caretaker Michael Carrick against Thomas Tuchel's side: they will become more solid in midfield and the strikers will be expected to that they push you up with energy and be the first line of defense at all times. He's a lot, including an incredible goalscorer, but he doesn't have the energy or apparent appetite to do the job that Rangnick expected his strikers to do and that Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes did on Sunday. "I thought the top three, Marcus, Jadon and Bruno, did a great job of knowing when to press and when to withdraw," said Carrick after the game. The big question Rangnick has to answer quickly is whether he will compromise his philosophy to accommodate the United star player or whether Ronaldo will now have to accept another role - one he may not like - as a hit substitute. It's just not in his makeup to accept a partial role, despite Carrick saying before kick-off against the Premier League leader Ronaldo didn't protest his surprise demotion. "I had a good chat with Cristiano," said Carrick. With United going to face Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday, followed by another home game against Crystal Palace next Sunday, Ronaldo's omission against Chelsea may have been nothing more than game management to ensure the Portugal international is fresh for those two games. After the recent losses to Liverpool and Manchester City, which played a huge role in the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as coach, had little to no effect, it made sense to leave Ronaldo out against the European champions. Whether Carrick or Rangnick made the decision is unclear, although Carrick insisted Rangnick was not involved in team selection for the Chelsea game. "That wasn't the case, no," said Carrick. But despite his failure against Liverpool and City, Ronaldo remains by far United's top scorer this season. With 10 goals in all competitions, he has more than twice as many as Fernandes and Mason Greenwood, who are second on the list with four each. Yes, his workload is not what the German would normally ask his strikers to do, but his goals have saved United more than once this season. If his engagement wears off under the new coach, someone else has to step up significantly. When they signed Ronaldo from Juventus Turin in August, there was always a risk that United would become too dependent on a player who scored 799 career goals for club and country. Having him back at the club after initially leaving United for Real Madrid in 2009 has been seen as an opportunity they couldn't refuse and the debate is endless as to whether he was good for the team or harmful. But Rangnick represents the here and now and Ronaldo is judged on what he can and cannot do. When Fabio Capello took over the English team in 2008, he quickly made it clear that he could not or would not find a place for Michael Owen on his team, even though the striker was just 28 years old at the time and scored 41 goals in 88 goals before Capello's appointment to the manager. Capello viewed Owen as just a goalscorer and a player unable to bring in enough past goals to warrant his inclusion. He only picked him once as a replacement before overlooking him for the remainder of his tenure. Ronaldo could turn out to be Rangnick's version of Owen at United - a player with a great goal record but not much else. And if that's the case, Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford is likely to be short-lived as he hasn't signed up for a second term with United just to watch things play out from the bank.


Sergio Ramos makes PSG debut

Spanish defender Sergio Ramos will make his long-awaited debut for Paris Saint-Germain in the Ligue 1 game in Saint-Etienne on Sunday. (Author: Gardener)

Sergio RamosJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel fears Iran will find a windfall in easing sanctions in renewed nuclear negotiations with world powers, but will not cut back on bomb-making projects sufficiently, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday. The negotiators will meet in Vienna on Monday in a final attempt to rescue a nuclear deal, which the United States, under then-President Donald Trump, resigned in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran.


Lionel Messi's template hat-trick helps PSG win

A late injury to Neymar overshadowed a formidable win. (Author: Gardener)

Lionel Messi'sPARIS (Reuters) - The French Ministry of Health said Sunday it had discovered eight possible cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant across the country after the government announced it would tighten restrictions to curb its spread. "They are considered possibly contaminated with the Omicron variant because they have been in southern Africa for the past 14 days," said a statement from the Ministry of Health.


Lionel Messi's template hat-trick helps PSG defeat Saint-Etienne

A late injury to Neymar overshadows a formidable win (Author: Gardener)

Lionel Messi'sOf course, Napier will have their hands full when it comes to meeting up with the current players, but there are obvious repairs on the recruitment path as well. According to Rivals, the Gators are currently 39th grade; However, there is no doubt that Napier will hit the gas pedal these last few weeks by meeting with UF commitments and highly respected prospects still in the market.


Ballon d'Or leader Lionel Messi receives hat-trick of assists for PSG

PSG superstar Lionel Messi warmed up well for the Ballon d'Or awards with a hat trick of assists when PSG beat Saint-Etienne 3-1. You can see it here. (Author: Gardener)

Lionel MessiPSG superstar Lionel Messi warmed up well for the Ballon d'Or awards with a hat trick of assists when PSG beat Saint-Etienne 3-1. You can see it here. It looked like PSG would go 1-0 on break after Denis Bouanga gave Saint-Etienne the lead in the 23rd minute. The Parisians were leveling at halftime, however, when Messi sent Brazilian defender Marquinhos home. Saint-Etienne did well to withstand the significant pressure but they eventually gave way in the 79th minute. PSG eventually ended the game in stoppage time when Messi completed his assists hat trick when he moved to Marquinhos to bring home his second game. It could be a good 24 hours for Messi, who is expected to win the Ballon d'Or, but Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah will all bring him close.


PSG score late goals to beat 10-man Saint-Etienne

Marquinhos scores twice when Paris St-Germain comes in from behind to beat 10-man Saint-Etienne and have a 14 point lead at the top of Ligue 1. (Author: Gardener)

Saint-EtienneLast updated on. From the European Football section, Timothee Kolodziejczak was sent off for a foul on Kylian Mbappe and Marquinhos headed PSG after a free kick before half-time. Angel di Maria rolled in 11 minutes from time and Marquinhos added third place to the guests in stoppage time. Bouanga's start, confirmed by the VAR after initially being sidelined, was the eleventh time Mauricio Pochettino's PSG conceded the league opening goal in 2021 - the highest record in a calendar year since 2012. Lionel Messi, all three of his side supported goals, missed a glorious chance to put the visitors in the lead mid-way through the second half when he shot past goal after a save attempt by Neymar. But he made it up again, putting an excellent pass with the outside of his shoe to prepare Di Maria before crossing for Marquinhos as PSG extended their lead after second-placed Nice lost 1-0 to Metz on Saturday .


PSG star was stretched from the field with an ankle problem in the Ligue 1 win against Saint-Étienne

Neymar sustained a serious injury on Sunday (Author: Gardener)

Saint-ÉtienneParis Saint-Germain defeated AS Saint-Étienne 3-1 on Sunday and increased their lead at the Ligue 1 summit to 14 points. But also superstar Neymar lost the French giants late at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard to a serious ankle injury. Captain Marquinhos scored two goals on either side in Angel Di Maria's goal, with Lionel Messi scoring a hat-trick with assists, but the rematch win was overshadowed by Neymar's 2-1 injury. Saint-Étienne had taken the lead through Denis Bouanga after Neymar ruled out an early attempt across the VAR, with technology working in Les Verts' favor to put them in the lead, but a hard red card from Timothee Kolodziejczak paved Marquinhos the way to equalize the half-time measure. Etienne Green was in sensational form in goal for Sainté and failed more than once against Kylian Mbappe when Claude Puel's men threatened a surprise, but PSG's superior quality was ultimately evident against the 10 men, with Di Maria and Marquinhos scoring the goal. "We created a lot of chances with 11 against 11, but the ball didn't go in," said the Argentina international after the final whistle. "I think we put in a great performance and finally managed to score a goal through Marquinhos and me. We showed control and patience to win. Even though it was far from fluid again from Pochettino's men, Sergio gave Ramos made his debut in defense and received a crash course on what to expect from Ligue 1 now that he's back on the field, but all eyes will be on Neymar as Les Parisiens try to find out the extent of his latest injury and how long they can be without for him in a scenario not too dissimilar to his first two seasons at Parc des Princes, where winter injuries have ruined both campaigns. At the match's press conference, Pochettino announced the Brazilian was in pain after he twisted his ankle and that tests will be done Monday to learn more about the severity of the injury ren.


Messi helps PSG leaders Saint-Etienne; Neymar injured

PARIS (AP) - Lionel Messi had three assists in the 3-1 win against the 10-man Saint-Etienne on Sunday to help Paris Saint-Germain to expand its lead in the French league to 12 points, but the victory Star striker Neymar was marred by an injury. (Author: Gardener)

Saint-EtiennePARIS (AP) - Lionel Messi had three assists in the 3-1 win against the 10-man Saint-Etienne on Sunday to help Paris Saint-Germain to expand its lead in the French league to 12 points, but the victory Star striker Neymar was marred by an injury. The Brazilian striker was stretched in the 87th minute after twisting his left ankle under an embarrassing foul by Yvann Macon. Saint-Etienne opened the goal against the course of the game in the 23rd minute of the game in snowy conditions. However, the rebound fell to Denis Bouanga, who defeated the Italian goalkeeper. English goalkeeper Etienne Green delayed PSG's comeback by making it in the 40th. But Saint-Etienne's task was made more difficult at half-time when Kolodziejczak was sent off for tripping Mbappe, who was chasing a through ball from Angel di Maria. Brazil defender Marquinhos equalized with a subsequent Messi free-kick with a header. Despite their numerical superiority, PSG fought for the winning goal. Green played Neymar in the 69th and Messi couldn't convert the rebound. PSG eventually took the lead on lap 79 when Messi found Di Maria rolling into the far corner. In added time, Messi crossed for Marquinhos, who passed Miguel Trauco to head the ball. The game also marked the debut of Sergio Ramos, who is recovering from his injury and making his first French league game for PSG. For me it is important to have helped the team to be here in the squad and to have played 90 minutes. ”On Sunday, Rennes extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games in all competitions and won with a 2-0 win Lorient finished second in the league. Gaetan Laborde scored his ninth league goal with a chip in the 75th before substitute Jeremy Doku doubled the lead with a curling shot in the 78th. Marseille defeated Troyes 1-0 and climbed to fourth place, level on points with third-placed Nice. Spanish midfielder Pol Lirola overcame the offside trap and defeated Troyes goalkeeper Gauthier Gallon in the 74th game. The game was played behind closed doors after the league sanctioned Marseille on October 24 for incidents at the Stade Velodrome when fans threw projectiles at PSG players. Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet started the game a week after being hit in the head with a water bottle thrown from the stands in Lyon. Lyon moved up to seventh place with a 1-0 win in Montpellier. Brazil international Lucas Paqueta headed the crossbar after a volley from Islam Slimani. In the race for Europe Monaco and Strasbourg separated with a 1-1 draw in fourth place, six points behind. French international Wissam Ben Yedder gave Monaco the lead with a penalty at halftime. Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque equalized in the 48th with his own penalty. Brest took a fourth straight win by overtaking Bordeaux 2-1. Jeremy Le Douaron scored twice in the second half after Bordeaux defender Stian Gregersen hit the bar in 43. Ghislain Konan, Ivory Coast international, hit the crossbar in stoppage time.


Messi provides 3 assists in total, Neymar is missing from PSG victory

Lionel Messi provided three assists in total, but a gruesome ankle injury from Neymar Jr. overshadowed the flawless performance in PSG's win over St-Etienne on Sunday in Saint-Etienne, France. (Author: Gardener)

MessiNov 28 (UPI) - Lionel Messi provided three assists in total, but a gruesome ankle injury from Neymar Jr. overshadowed a flawless performance in a PSG win over St-Etienne on Sunday in Saint-Etienne, France. PSG defender Marquinhos scored twice in the 3-1 win. The Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria also scored in the triumph in Ligue 1. Neymar was stretched off the field in the 84th minute. PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino said the Brazilian striker has twisted his ankle and will have him checked out on Monday. Right winger Denis Bouanga gave St-Etienne a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute. Bouanga shot a right-footed follow-up shot into the net. St-Etienne led with one goal for most of the half-time. Marquinhos equalized in stoppage time in the first half. Messi sent a free kick from around 35 yards to get the result. Marquinhos jumped between a crowd of defenders and shot a header into the post net. Di Maria gave PSG a 2-1 lead against another Messi helper in the 79th minute. Messi sent a quick pass to the left to find the winger in the box. Di Maria tapped the ball down and used his second touch to direct a shot into the long post net. PSG lost Neymar to his ankle injury less than five minutes later. Neymar received a pass in half from PSG at the start of this sequence. The Saint-Etienne winger slipped into the game behind the Brazilian. Neymar's left ankle caught under Boudebouz's leg during the duel. Marquinhos crowned the goal with another PSG goal in the 90th minute. Messi dribbled to the left end line and fired a cross to the right. The pass drifted into the center of the penalty area. Marquinhos ended the game with a header into the left side of the net. PSG welcome Nice in another Ligue 1 game at 3 p.m. EST Wednesday in Paris. St-Etienne will face Brest at 1 p.m. in Ligue 1. Wednesday in Brest, France.


Messi in assist mode when PSG beat 10-man St Etienne

Lionel Messi set up all three goals when Paris St. Germain took their Ligue 1 lead with a 3-1 comeback win on Sunday at the 10-man St. Etienne expanded to 12 points while Neymar was taken off the field on a stretcher with a possible ankle injury. (Author: Gardener)

MessiSoccer - Ligue 1 - AS Saint-Etienne - Paris St. Germain - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France - November 28, 2021 Paris St. Germains Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi in action with AS Saint-Etiennes Etienne Green REUTERS / Eric Gaillard Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Saint-Etienne - Paris St. Germain - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France - November 28, 2021 Paris St. Germains Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi in action with AS Saint-Etiennes Etienne Green REUTERS / Eric Gaillard ST ETIENNE, France, November 28 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi set up all three goals as Paris St was placed on a stretcher with a possible ankle injury. PSG used Timothee Kolodziejczak's red card at halftime. St. Etienne pushed up and PSG attempted to hit her at break, with Neymar scoring early in the net only to rule out the Brazilian's goal offside. The hosts took the lead on 24 minutes when Kolodziejczak, assisted by a great pass from Wahbi Khazri, shot straight at goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, but Banga followed and shot in from close range. The momentum swung towards PSG a few minutes after half-time. Kolodziejczak was harshly shown the red card for knocking down Kylian Mbappe as the French striker charged on goal and Marquinhos headed Messi's perfectly executed free-kick. Messi was back on the ball 11 minutes from time and whipped a fine pass behind the defense for Di Maria, which ended with a shot into the long goal. Marquinhos headed home again in the last minute after a Messi cross, three minutes after Neymar was carried away from a curvature of the ankle.