Man Utd news LIVE: Erik ten Hag wants Bergwijn as first transfer, Cristiano Ronaldo LATEST, protests – updates

MANCHESTER UNITED leapfrogged Arsenal into fifth place after a 3-2 win over Norwich – with all three goals coming from a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.

Though before he game, fans protested outside Old Trafford ahead of their Premier League clash against the controversial Glazer family.

Meanwhile Erik ten Hag is reportedly interested in signing Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn when he takes over at Manchester United.

The Dutchman, 52, is on the verge of putting pen to paper at Old Trafford and he is hoping to completely transform the squad.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Evra knew Moyes was doomed

    Patrice Evra says he knew David Moyes was doomed to fail at Manchester United after the Scot’s FIRST team meeting.

    Previewing his new book 'I Love This Game' in The Times, Evra said: “I’m not surprised Moyes is doing well at West Ham. I know how much the players like him.

    “But when he came to Old Trafford and said, ‘Guys, I know you win everything and you will have to teach me’.

    "I was like, oh my God you should never do that, they are going to eat you alive.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Stam sends Ten Hag warning

    Jaap Stam has warned Erik ten Hag he MUST win the Premier League title in his debut season at Manchester United — then top it with the Champions League.

    Old Trafford legend Stam, who won three league titles and was a major part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 Treble winners, says that is a CRAZY level of expectation the incoming Ajax boss faces.

    Stam delivered his brutal message ahead of the Dutch Cup final, when Ten Hag aims to complete a hat-trick of domestic cups, by beating title rivals PSV Eindhoven in Rotterdam.

    But the 49-year-old, who kicked off his own career with Ajax, warned the incoming Old Trafford boss that just winning domestic cups will not cut it at a global superpower like United.

  • Jack Figg

    Morning, United fans

    Cristiano Ronaldo's match-winning hat-trick didn't stop Ralf Rangnick bashing United's defence.

    Ron's 60th career treble and 50th in club football sunk bottom side Norwich 3-2 to put the Red Devils fifth.

    But the Canaries surged back from 2-0 down to 2-2 before Ronaldo's magnificent free-kick clinched United's victory on the day top-four rivals Spurs and Arsenal lost..

    Frustrated Interim boss Rangnick said: "After we scored our second goal we lost our structure, we weren't aggressive enough in vital duels.

    "In general possession it was ok, but defensively I was not happy.

    "It's still possible (top four). The biggest issue was in those defensive moments we were not physical enough."

    Portugal legend Ronaldo landed an £850,000 windfall as his triple tonic took him to 20 goals for the season.

    Meanwhile, United released a statement promising to 'listen' to fans after a huge anti-Glazer protest before and during yesterday's win.

    The statement read: “We are working hard to create the conditions for renewed success on the pitch, while strengthening our engagement with fans.

    “We respect the right of fans to voice their opinions peacefully and we will continue to listen to them, with the aim of working together to get the club back to where we all want to be: competing for trophies.”

    Finally, the Red Devils are tipped to pay part of Dean Henderson's £120,000-a-week wages in a loan exit for their second-choice keeper next season.

    Fulham are reportedly leading the hunt for England's World Cup hopeful.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ralf wants more 'aggressive' Red Devils

    Interim boss Ralf Rangnick slammed United’s defence as too weak and not aggressive enough as Cristiano Ronaldo’s treble sunk Norwich 3-2.

    Norwich fought back from 2-0 down to 2-2 before Ronaldo’s free-kick put the Red Devils fifth.

    And Rangnick told the BBC: “After we scored our second goal we lost our structure.

    “We weren’t aggressive enough in vital duels.

    “Even before their first goal they had two or three transitional moments where we were outnumbered and this should not happen .

    “If you are 2-0 up. It’s a question of being clever, being smart.. (but) all of a sudden its 2-2 after 50 minutes.

    “In general possession it was ok but defensively I was not happy.

    “It’s still possible (top four). The biggest issue was in those defensive moments we were were not physical enough.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rudiger 'prefers Chelsea to United move

    Manchester United target Antonio Rudiger would reportedly ‘prefer’ to stay at Chelsea.

    The Germany centre-back is also said to be on the wishlist for Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich as his contract runs out this summer.

    But Sport Bild’s Head of Football Christian Falk claims the 29-year-old has made it clear his ideal choice is to land a new Blues’ contract.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ralf: Ron future is not my decision

    Ralf Rangnick has refused to make a decision on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United future, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.

    That’s despite the veteran’s hat-trick earning his team a much-needed win against Norwich.

    Ronnie fired United 2-0 up against the Canaries at Old Trafford on Saturday.

    But the visitors silenced their hosts by fighting back to 2-2 before Ronaldo’s sublime free-kick sealed a 3-2 win for United.

    The Portuguese ace, 37, now has 21 goals in all competitions this term.

    And his treble was the 60th that Ronaldo’s bagged in a glittering career.

    And Rangnick, who moves into a off-pitch role at United this summer, refused to say whether or not he wants Ronaldo to see out the final year of his contract.

    The German said: “This is in the end not my decision.

    “Cristiano has got another year of contract. This will be a decision for the new manager to take, together with the board.

    “Again, he showed against Tottenham and today’s game, that he can be the difference maker in moments like this, in games like this.

    “It is not coincidence that he has the best goalscoring record of all players in history. He showed that again today.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners 'in talks' with Utd target Tielemans

    Arsenal have met with Youri Tielemans' agent, reports claim.

    Leicester's star man has also been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool.

    The Belgium midfielder, 24, is thought to have held talks over extending his Foxes' contract beyond the summer of 2023.

    But it's claimed he has already decided to leave, meaning Leicester could cash in at the end of the current season.

    Now the suggestion is Arsenal are trying to barge into pole position for his signature.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Erik must Stam and deliver title in first season

    Old Trafford legend Jaap Stam believes incoming United boss Erik ten Hag MUST challenge for the Premier League title in his first season – and for Champions Leaguer glory in his second term.

    Former Holland defender Stam has previously said: "A club like Manchester United has to compete for prizes every year, but they don’t settle for a tenth place in the first year so that you can finish in the top four the year after."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rangnick blasts Utd defence

    Interim boss Ralf Rangnick slammed United's defence as too weak and not aggressive enough as Cristiano Ronaldo's treble sunk Norwich 3-2.

    Norwich fought back from 2-0 down to 2-2 before Ronaldo's free-kick put the Red Devils fifth.

    And Rangnick told the BBC: "After we scored our second goal we lost our structure.

    "We weren't aggressive enough in vital duels.

    "Even before their first goal they had two or three transitional moments where we were outnumbered and this should not happen .

    "If you are 2-0 up. It's a question of being clever, being smart.. (but) all of a sudden its 2-2 after 50 minutes.

    "In general possession it was ok but defensively I was not happy.

    "It's still possible (top four). The biggest issue was in those defensive moments we were were not physical enough."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ron lands huge bonus

    EXCLUSIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo's 60th career hat-trick earned him an £850,000 windfall, writes PHIL THOMAS.

    The superstar forward hit an Old Trafford treble for a second Prem game running to clinch victory over basement boys Norwich.

    It took him to 21 goals in all competitions this season, triggering a bonus-related clause in his contract.

    When Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in the summer, a set of incentives were included in the deal.

    Saturday’s heroics saw him bank two of those — the first a £750,000 bonus for reaching 20 goals and then another £100,000 for his hat-trick strike.

    Having reached his initial goals target, the Portuguese ace will continue to bank an extra £100,000, like yesterday, for every additional goal he bags this term.

    Ronaldo, 37, is near certain to end the campaign as United’s top scorer to earn another jackpot — believed to be around £1million.

    And if he manages to reach the 30-goal mark the five-time World Footballer of the Year will bank around £2.75m in total payments.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Spurs are Bent on Champions League spot

    Darren Bent also tips Spurs to fend off Arsenal and Man Utd for the final Champions League place.

    The ex-Tottenham and England striker told Premier League Productions: "You can’t rule Arsenal out because as we’ve seen, the teams around them are inconsistent. Spurs are inconsistent, so are United.

    "Arsenal have still got the opportunity but they need to find some consistent form from somewhere. You can’t be losing three games in a row.

    "After that run they shouldn’t really been anywhere near it but the fact is they are because the race for the top-four has been so poor.

    "We’ve seen that Tottenham are capable of going on a run and I expect them to do that. It’s still in Spurs’ hands because Arsenal and United are so inconsistent."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ow no, Utd still won't make top 4

    Owen Hargreaves reckons Tottenham will still finish fourth ahead of 'inconsistent' Manchester United and 'struggling' Arsenal.

    Brighton ended Spurs' brilliant run with a 1-0 away win today and Arsenal slumped to a third straight Prem loss, 1-0 at Southampton.

    That enabled United to move up a spot to fifth, behind Tottenham only on goal difference, as Cristiano Ronaldo's treble saw off Norwich 3-2.

    And ex-Red Devils midfielder Hargreaves told Premier League Productions why he thinks the Gunners will miss out.

    He said: "They struggled against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton.

    "They’ve got Chelsea, Man United, West Ham, Leeds and Tottenham coming up. Looking at Arsenal’s fixtures I’m saying 'no'.

    "Tottenham are still in the driving seat because they’re ahead. Arsenal have that game in hand but I think Arsenal will fall short with the fixtures they’ve got.

    "Manchester United are just too inconsistent. Tottenham should be able to get the job done."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ron fire for stats

    Take a look at these stars from Cristiano Ronaldo's match-deciding display against Norwich.

    Even if you try to forget his hat-trick, they're pretty stunning…

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ron way is the right way

    United's summer recruitment of 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticised by many.

    But whatever your view, it's tough to argue with some of the stats.

    The Red Devils pointed out it's 20 goals for the season for Ron after his treble sunk Norwich to put United fifth.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd hail Ron's big 60

    Cristiano Ronaldo's match-winning hat-trick at home to Norwich gave him 60 career trebles.

    And it's 50-up at club level for the United legend,

    The Red Devils saluted Ron's latest landmark figure with a classy social media image.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rooney wants former Utd team-mate Bardsley

    EXCLUSIVE: Wayne Rooney wants to bring his big pal Phil Bardsley to Derby  — if the club is saved from relegation, writes ALAN NIXON.

    Boss Rooney and his former Manchester United team-mate are very close. And he will be in for the defender, 36, when his Burnley contract ends.

    Bardsley infamously decked Roo during a boxing bout in the ex-striker’s kitchen. Rooney hopes American Chris Kirchner takes over the Rams and allows him to make fresh signings next season.

    Derby gave their survival hopes a shot in the arm on Friday with a 2-1 win over probable champs Fulham.

    Rams fans are now keeping their fingers crossed for a dream scenario where they beat the drop.

    And with Kirchner’s backing, Derby could yet go into next season as a fully-fledged Championship outfit with Rooney at the helm.

    Indeed, Kirchner is confident Rooney wants to stay put regardless of which league the Rams will be playing in.

    The American was picked by administrators ahead of former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils could 'sponsor' Henderson loan

    EXCLUSIVE: United will sponsor a loan move for out-of-favour keeper Dean Henderson next season, writes ALAN NIXON.

    The one-cap England star is stuck in the shadows at the Red Devils and will be allowed to find a new club to reignite his career.

    Credit: Reuters

    And United will help finance the move with an offer to pay a chunk of his £120,000-a-week wages.

    A handful of clubs will come for Henderson, 25, this summer but none can cover all his pay.

    United are aware of that problem and could pay half or more to help him leave and clear the way for new arrivals.

    The club’s specialist keeper scout Tony Coton is looking for both a No2 AND No 3 for next season, so Henderson has basically been written out of the plans.

    Henderson will have a few admirers if he can go in a competitive loan package.

    Fulham are likely to be at the front of the queue after showing long-term interest.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd release statement promising to 'listen to' angry fans

    United have released a statement after fans staged a huge anti-Glazer protest before and during the 3-2 win over Norwich.

    Single-minded supporters descended upon Old Trafford this afternoon waving banners and chanting anti-Glazer sentiments.

    The protest continued inside the Theatre of Dreams, with some fans refusing to take their seats until the 17th minute – marking one minute for every year of Glazer ownership.

    And United have now released a statement insisting they respect the fans’ right to voice their opinions.

    It read: “We are working hard to create the conditions for renewed success on the pitch, while strengthening our engagement with fans.

    “We respect the right of fans to voice their opinions peacefully and we will continue to listen to them, with the aim of working together to get the club back to where we all want to be: competing for trophies.”

    The Old Trafford protest came just one day after a handful of fans turned up at United’s Carrington training ground, demanding the Glazer family sell up.

    The latest march was accompanied by various chants including “We want Glazers out”, although some were also heard saying “Joe Glazer’s gonna die”.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Old Traf-feud

    Furious Manchester United supporters let their team have it big time before Cristiano Ronaldo rescued them against Norwich, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    The Red Devils threw away a two-goal lead against the basement boys but still managed to claim the points thanks to the Portuguese legend.

    After netting both first half goals, the 37-year-old grabbed his hat-trick with a brilliant free-kick late on.

    But the mood had turned sour prior to that moment of magic after Kieran Dowell and Teemu Pukki levelled it up with quickfire strikes either side of the break.

    A large group of disgruntled fans at Old Trafford started to chant: “You’re not fit to wear the shirt.”

    And boo boy favourite Paul Pogba also came in for heavy criticism.

    The French World Cup winner, who is out of contract in the summer, was replaced by Juan Mata off the bench just moments before Ronaldo’s winner.

    Amid the toxic atmosphere, Pogba’s name was greeted by loud cheers before he was booed as he neared the touchline.

    And that was followed afterwards by chants of: “F*** off Pogba!”

    Prior to kick-off, thousands of United fans could be heard singing the vile chant “Joe Glazer's gonna die” as they marched through the streets calling for the owners and board to leave the club.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Worse the Devils you know

    By the end the fans did not know what to chant next. Who to shout at, whether to boo, laugh or cry, writes NEIL CUSTIS

    This is modern day Manchester United. The afternoon had started with a determined march on Old Trafford once again in protest at the owning Glazer family. The protest had probably included just around 2,000 of those that filled Old Trafford.

    The call not to enter seats until 17 minutes of the game to protest at their 17 years in charge went unheard. Glazer out chants came and went during the game. But then so did ‘Viva Ronaldo’ as he hit another stunning hat-trick to at least save the day on the pitch.

    Nemanja Matic who had stunned the club on the eve of the game by announcing he was quitting this summer weirdly had his name chanted as he warmed up.

    No doubt part-time footballer Edinson Cavani will get a cheer if he decides to play again between now and the end of the season. Jesse Lingard who will be leaving in the summer was clapped when he was subbed after doing little or nothing.

    Conversely there were cries from one corner of ‘f*** off Pogba’ when he was subbed. The fingers point everywhere right now, but always at The Glazers when it comes to the bottom line.

    Nothing will change. They will stay away, continue to spend the club’s money on servicing debt, continue to sign up sponsors on the back of the club’s name and no doubt continue to spend on players.

    They will continue to change managers too with very soon Erik Ten Hag becoming the fifth permanent incumbent of the Old Trafford hot seat since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

    And everything will just continue on and probably stay the same as Manchester City and Liverpool continue to raise the bar.

    READ NEIL CUSTIS'S FULL VERDICT HERE

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd scouts flunk on Nkunk

    Ralf Rangnick was left dismayed by the Manchester United scouting department when he joined the club, according to reports.

    RB Leipzig winger Christopher Nkunku is enjoying a sensational campaign, drawing attention from around Europe.

    Nkunku, 24, has bagged 28 goals in all competitions from an attacking midfield role.

    And supposedly Rangnick asked the club for information on the hot shot when he came to Old Trafford earlier this season.

    ESPN report that the response was extremely disappointing for the German coach.

    In an interview with Stretford Paddock podcast, reporter Mark Ogden claimed that there was ZERO scouting information on the Frenchman.

    Ogden said: "Rangnick asked the scouting team what reports they had on Christopher Nkunku. They shook their head.

    "Rangnick was like: 'Come on, this guy's the best young player in Germany right now, going to play for France soon, he's scoring goals from midfield.

    "'Nkunku is a player everyone should know about.'"

  • Ian Tuckey

    United sub ratings

    Alex Telles – 6.5

    Came on at half-time to replace the injured Luke Shaw.

    Was caught out for Iheanacho's goal that gave Leicester the lead.

    Nemanja Matic – 6.5

    Attempted to shore things up for the hosts in front of defence when he replaced Pogba with 15 minutes to play.

    Marcus Rashford – 6.5

    Came on in the second half for Scott McTominay and had a decent chance to net in the 88th minute but lost possession of the ball with Schmeichel gathering.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rest of the Utd starting XI ratings

    Bruno Fernandes – 7

    One of the Portugal playmaker’s best chances of the game came near the half-hour mark forcing a decent reflex save from Kasper Schmeichel.

    Made some good runs forward but struggled to finish.

    Jadon Sancho – 6

    Made runs on the flank but put Iheanacho through on goal late on with a dodgy back pass. Sent a shot wide of target in injury time.

    Anthony Elanga – 6.5

    The liveliest attacker in United's front line causing problems with his pace at times. Could not find the killer finish in the final third.

  • Ian Tuckey

    More Utd ratings

    Diogo Dalot – 6.5

    Made some decent runs and looked to get on the end of Paul Pogba's pass in the 58th minute.

    Scott McTominay – 6

    Fortunate to stay on the pitch after a lunging studs-up second-half challenge on James Maddison.

    Combined well with Anthony Elanga in the 13th minute latching on to a floated pass that forced Castagne to make a last-ditch defensive header.

    Came off for Marcus Rashford in the 55th minute.

    Fred – 7

    The Brazil ace was the hero for United after netting a vital equaliser in the 66th minute.

    Made up for James Maddison getting the chance to send a dangerous cross into the box for Leicester’s goal. 

    Paul Pogba – 6.5

    Faced a battle to control the midfield at times.

    Was subbed off in the second-half with Rangnick bringing Nemanja Matic on to shore things up.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Player ratings vs Norwich

    How Man Utd fared man by man in the 3-2 win. Ratings by SANDRA BROBBEY.

    David de Gea – 7.5/10

    A decent afternoon for the United stopper. Could do little to stop Leicester’s opener but pulled off a stunning flying save to deny Wesley Fofana.

    Raphael Varane – 7

    The France centre-back looked composed for the hosts and knocked a dangerous ball out of the box in the 41st minute.

    However the Frenchman and Maguire were caught out by Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal.

    Harry Maguire – 7

    The England defender was welcomed by a huge cheer from home fans and warm applause by the visiting ones after being booed on international duty.

    But the defence was caught flat footed by Iheanacho's opener for the visitors.  Prompted a save from Schmeichel with a late header.

    Luke Shaw – 7

    Picked up a yellow card for a sliding tackle in the fourth minute. Was forced to withdraw due to injury at half-time.

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