RALF RANGNICK has been confirmed as the new Manchester United manager until the end of the season.

And SunSport can reveal that United have ordered the German to do all he can to sign Erling Haaland.

The former Lokomotiv Moscow sporting director worked as director of football at Salzburg when the Austrian side attracted the Norwegian star.

Rangnick could yet earn the permanent role with the Red Devils reportedly considering adding an optional extension clause in his contract.

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at a story from France Football Editor-in-Chief Pascal Ferre, which said he wouldn't retire until he had won more Ballon d'Or's than Lionel Messi.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    YOU WHAT?

    Man Utd and Arsenal are reportedly set to battle it out over Sevilla striker Youssef El-Nesyri.

    Super Deporte claims the goal poacher is being lined up for a move to England next summer.

    Arsenal look set to lose Alexandre Lacazette on a free transfer and will need a new hitman.

    United could be in the same boat too with Edinson Cavani also expected to depart when his contract expires.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TEAM TALK

    New interim boss Ralf Rangnick is famed for his adaptable approach to the beautiful game.

    Here's another way he could line United up against Arsenal…

  • Anthony Chapman

    RONNIE CONTINUED

    “I always want to congratulate those who win, within the sportsmanship and fair-play that have guided my career since the beginning, and I do it because I'm never against anyone. 

    “I always win for myself and for the clubs I represent, I win for myself and for those who love me. I don't win against anyone.

    “The biggest ambition of my career is to win national and international titles for the clubs I represent and for the national team in my country. 

    “The biggest ambition of my career is to be a good example for all those who are or want to be professional footballers. 

    “The biggest ambition of my career is to leave my name written in golden letters in the history of world football.

    |I will end by saying that my focus is already on Manchester United's next game and on everything that, together with my team-mates and our fans, we can still achieve this season. The rest? The rest is just the rest…”

  • Anthony Chapman

    RON RAGE

    Cristiano Ronaldo has unleashed a lengthy statement in Portuguese, appearing to take aim at the Ballon d’Or organisers.

    The Instagram post read: “Today's outcome explains why (editor-in-chief of France Football) Pascal Ferré's statements last week, when he stated that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Golden Balls than Lionel Messi.

    “Pascal Ferré lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for. 

    “It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious prize could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d'Or. 

    “And he lied again today by justifying my absence from the Gala with an alleged quarantine that has no reason to exist.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    SEVENTH HEAVEN

    Patrice Evra appears to have leaked the Ballon d'Or winner by congratulating Lionel Messi.

    The Manchester United legend posted on Twitter, writing: "Congratulations to Leo Messi for winning another Ballon d'or."

    Although the announcement is not due until 9pm tonight, Evra has jumped the gun.

    If true, it would see Messi collect his SEVENTH Ballon d'Or and beat off challenges from the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BRU WOAH

    Bruno Fernandes has finished joint-21st at this year's Ballon d'Or ceremony.

    The Man Utd playmaker was level on points with Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez.

    Fernandes finished ahead of Premier League stars Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Ruben Dias and Cesar Azpilicueta.

    But he was pipped to 20th by Man City's Riyad Mahrez.

  • Anthony Chapman

    RUBBED THE RON WAY

    Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly snubbing tonight’s Ballon d’Or ceremony.

    The Man Utd star is set to finish outside the top three – which hasn’t happened since 2007.

    And with arch-rival Lionel Messi in line to win, SIC claims Ronaldo will not be present at the awards show in Paris.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NICK OF TIME

    Ralf Rangnick is now in charge of Man Utd until the summer.

    But is this how he will line up against Arsenal?

  • Anthony Chapman

    FER REAL

    Jamie Carragher claims Rio Ferdinand once tried to push through a sensational transfer to Chelsea.

    Hitting back at the Man Utd icon for comments about never winning a title, Carragher tweeted: "Not talking titles but the deal for Ronaldo to Man Utd which you arranged.

    "No Premier League for me but Sky like my opinions!

    "No trophy in your career without Alex Ferguson and when you stopped winning Premier League at Manchester United you tried to move to Chelsea so please stop giving it the big United fan one! #olesatthewheel."

  • Joshua Mbu

    BALLON D’OR 2021

    Real Madrid fans are fuming after their hero Sergio Ramos backed team-mate and former Barcelona star Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d’Or, writes JOHN HUTCHINSON.

    The two players were bitter rivals for years while playing for Spain’s top two clubs.

    But now they are winding down their careers playing for Paris Saint-Germain, with the pair playing in the same team for the first time at the weekend.

    Messi bagged three assists to overshadow Ramos’ debut in a 3-1 away win at St Etienne.

    And speaking after the game Ramos, 35, is tipping his new mate to win football’s top prize.

    The 180-cap Spain international told ESPN: He’s in good shape, and I think he’s the kind of player who really makes a difference.

    “He’s a unique player and it’s a privilege to have him in the team.

    “I think that bit by bit, each of us is going to bring our own quality to make Paris Saint-Germain even greater and achieve the things we want to achieve.”

    The ceremony starts around 7PM tonight. 

    Will Messi win his seventh Ballon d’Or to go two clear of Ronaldo, or will Robert Lewandowski claim his first?

    Where will Ronaldo finish? Top five?

  • Joshua Mbu

    HOW MANY TOUCHES?

    Ronaldo had just SEVEN touches in just under half an hour of action yesterday.

  • Joshua Mbu

    IT'S NOT RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo is being 'abused' by Manchester United, according to former Red Devils striker Michael Owen, writes WILLIAM PUGH.

    The Portuguese superstar was left on the bench for more than an hour in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Chelsea and Owen has not been impressed with how the 36-year-old has been used recently.

    Speaking to Premier League Productions, the 41-year-old blasted: "No, you can’t.

    "We were at Old Trafford for the City game and all of a sudden it’s just exactly the same and they leave Ronaldo up front on his own. That’s almost abuse!

    "Having someone that good in your team and then playing everyone defensively and saying ‘That’s alright we’ll just hope he nicks a goal’… he’ll end up being average.

    "If you leave him and all these good players – or just two of them – playing and everyone else defending, they’ll start putting in bad performances because they’ve got nobody to pass to.

    "They’ve got no options, they’re chipping the ball form 50 yards away. They need other players to come up and help them.

    "It’s almost abusing the good players they’ve got and that’s the last thing you’ve got to do. If anything, expose the rubbish.

    "Find ways of getting world class players in your team, get [Paul] Pogba, get [Bruno] Fernandes, get Ronaldo, get them as best as you can.

    "If you let a few goals in because [Eric] Bailly’s not great or [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka or whoever then fine, you can replace them.

    "But at the minute – because they’re nervous and scared – they just bulk up with sitting midfielders and more defenders and abuse the great players up front leaving half of them on the bench and one or two to play.

    "They’ve got no chance!"

  • Joshua Mbu

    RUN RON, RUN

    Cristiano Ronaldo was benched by Michael Carrick for yesterday's 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

    Will Ralf Rangnick do the same?

  • Joshua Mbu

    SEASON FAR

    Paul Pogba had a good start to the season, but his form has dropped off in recent months.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BREAKING: O-MI

    Manchester United's Champions League clash with Young Boys could be moved from Old Trafford because of the Omicron strain, writes KEALAN HUGHES.

    Travel from Switzerland to the UK is banned and that means the Young Boys squad will be unable to make the trip to Manchester.

    As a result, the tie could be moved to a neutral venue in Europe.

    Uefa have asked the Swiss government whether Young Boys will have to quarantine ahead of their clash at Old Trafford, according to The Telegraph.

    United have already played the Swiss side away and lost 2-1 but lead Group F by three points over Villarreal.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'FULL OF TALENT'

    Ralf Rangnick has hailed the Man Utd squad as 'full of talent' after being appointed interim manager.

    The 63-year-old said: “I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club.

    “The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience.

    "All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.

    “Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    RONALD ARAUJO

    Barcelona fear that United could lure defender Ronald Araujo to Old Trafford.

    The Uruguayan arrived at Barca in 2018, since breaking into their first-team set-up.

    But with his contract set to expire in 2023, ESPN report that the Catalan giants are wary of interest from United and Liverpool potentially turning his head.

  • Joshua Mbu

    DENIS ZAKARIA

    Manchester United are reportedly one of a number of European giants chasing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria.

    The Swiss ace's contract is set to expire at the end of the season, putting the continent's elite on alert.

    According to Italian reporter Nicolo Schira, Barcelona, Juventus and Roma are all eager to sign the 25-year-old.

  • Joshua Mbu

    DUSAN VLAHOVIC

    Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic has become hot property in 2021.

    The 21-year-old has banged in 13 goals in 15 outings in all competitions for Fiorentina this season.

    United are reportedly in the race to sign the £70m-rated star, alongside the likes of Tottenham, Newcastle, AC Milan and Juventus.

  • Joshua Mbu

    AMADOU HAIDARA

    Rangnick brought Amadou Haidara to RB Leipzig while managing the German side in January 2019.

    And he could recruit him again three years on, with the Mirror reporting interest.

    It would appear to be mutual, with Haidara himself having told Bild in 2019: "I like Manchester United very much and watch as many games as possible. I dream of playing there."

  • Joshua Mbu

    BREAKING: RANGNICK ANNOUNCED

    Man Utd have announced Ralf Rangnick as interim manager.

    The club have also announced Rangnick will take up an advisory role at the end of the season, all but confirming another managerial appointment will take place in the next year.

    John Murtough, United football director, said: “Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football. He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.

    “Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    ERLING HAALAND

    Half of Europe seems to be linked with the Norwegian star, but Rangnick's appointment could give Man United the edge.

    The German has a prior relationship with Erling Haaland, having recruited him from Molde for RB Salzburg in 2019.

    SunSport revealed over the weekend that the Red Devils are hoping Rangnick can tip things in their favour when it comes to signing Borussia Dortmund's No9.

    Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland has been linked with Manchester United and ChelseaCredit: Reuters
  • Joshua Mbu

    RANG THEM UP

    Things are about to change at Manchester United, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.

    Pressing guru Ralf Rangnick is set to be appointed interim manager by the Red Devils this week, signalling a sharp change in direction by club chiefs.

    United's squad is already brimming with quality, and a number of players who could revitalise their careers under a new voice.

    But in order to implement a new style of play, while climbing the table, Rangnick may need to recruit some new stars.

    SunSport takes a look at five players the 63-year-old could try and sign in January.

  • Joshua Mbu

    CARRA BLIMEY

    Jamie Carragher has posted a snap of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink laughing in between Roy Keane and himself rowing on Sky Sports, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    The Liverpool legend and ex-Manchester United captain had viewers in hysterics yesterday as they got into a heated debate regarding Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Portuguese forward, 36, was left on the bench by interim boss Michael Carrick for the 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

    Keane and Carragher were debating the importance of winning trophies and whether second place is good enough for a club the size of United.

    Keane asked Carragher: “Did you win the FA Cup?”

    To which Carragher responded with: “Yeah I did.”

    The Irishman then said: “Yeah so go back to winning the FA Cup. They got through to the next round of the Champions League, how much you think that’s worth to the club.

    “The Glazers and share prices- that’s what he’s come back for!”

    Carragher thit back with: “You finish 2nd and sign Ronaldo at 36 you’re not going to win the League in four years.

    “If you sign someone at 36 it’s to win right now. If you sign Varane a four-time Champions League winner, it’s to win right now. Are they any closer to winning the league?”

  • Joshua Mbu

    POG ON RANGNICK

    According to The Athletic, Paul Pogba is enthusiastic about the imminent appointment of Ralf Rangnick as Man Utd's interim manager.

    Pogba has received positive feedback from contacts about the German.

    It could be Pogba's last season at Man Utd though, with his contract set to expire next June.

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