Manchester United got off to a mixed start in life under Erik ten Hag. The Netherlands manager took charge this summer and has guided them to fifth in the league after a stuttering start to his tenure.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has said he has no plans to retire after the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year. Elsewhere, former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson has backed the Red Devils to sign Jan Oblak.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the top Manchester United transfer stories on September 22, 2022:
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t want to retire after the World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo has no plans to retire after the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Portuguese has endured a difficult season at Manchester United so far after not planning a move this summer.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is preparing to lead his national team at the big event later this year.
It had previously been expected that the World Cup in Qatar would be Ronaldo’s swan song from the national team. However, recently the 37-year-old has said he would like to be part of the squad for Euro 2024.
“I’m still motivated. My ambition is really high. I’m in a national team with a lot of young players. I want to be at the World Cup and at Euros. I want to make that commitment now,” Ronaldo said.
Ronaldo has scored just once in eight appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils this season.
Paul Robinson supports Manchester United in signing Jan Oblak
Paul Robinson has backed Manchester United to secure Jan Oblak’s services.
The Premier League giants have been linked with a move for the Atletico Madrid man to replace David de Gea. The Spaniard is in the final year of his contract with the Red Devils but has yet to receive an extension.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson lavished praise on Oblak, 29.
“Oblak is one of the best in Europe and has been for a while. He’s a brilliant goalkeeper. Yes, the quality of Atletico Madrid’s defenders and the way Diego Simeone sets them up helps him, but he’s still one of the best around. He has been for a long time,” said Robinson.
The Englishman added that Oblak would be an upgrade from De Gea.
“I’m surprised he’s not already playing in the Premier League. For me he is definitely an upgrade to De Gea. De Gea had a stellar season last year and is a great shot stopper, but his all-around game has been questioned. I like Oblak better overall. He gives you more,” said Robinson.
De Gea has been a ubiquitous figure between the posts for Manchester United this season.
Red Devils spent too much this summer, says Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson reckons Manchester United have overspent on players this summer.
The club went on a spending spree (£208m) to attract players who fit Ten Hag’s requirements. The Dutch manager broke the bank for Antony and also invested heavily in Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson said the Red Devils have beaten the odds on Casemiro and Antony.
“It was another scattergun approach from them. I think Casemiro is a great player and will be for years to come, but in a couple of years United will have a 33-year-old making £350,000 a week. This drains resources from the club. Make no doubt United have been held for ransom for the transfers of Casemiro and Antony,” said Robinson.
The former goalkeeper added that Antony is not a £85m player.
“I covered a lot about the Eredivisie last year. Antony is a great player but his performance in terms of goals and assists has never been better. He is in no way an £85m player. United were forced into ransom because of the situation they were in. They massively overpaid for players over the summer. The thing is, they still need more,” Robinson said.
Antony made his goal debut against Arsenal earlier this month.
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