Cristiano Ronaldo found himself in an unfamiliar role in the reserve on Sunday afternoon, as he was forced to take the bench at the start of the new Premier League season in front of a home crowd against Brighton and Hove Albion.
What he saw from his colleagues until his substitution in the 53rd minute did not suit the star at all, his attempts to move the team and the audience were so far in vain.
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Mannheim-born Pascal Gross, who wore the FC Ingolstadt shirt until 2017 and played 70 times in the Bundesliga and 118 times in the second Bundesliga during his career, became the main actor. Gross contributed both goals to the team from the English port city (30, 39).
Sanneh cold rumor, Arnautovic in focus
The experienced Austrian is being traded as a potential replacement for the CR7. A circumstance that makes some United icons shake their heads. “I have no comment on Arnautovic. I have something to say about everything in the world except Manchester United’s interest in Marko Arnautovic,” Gary Neville said after his defeat to Brighton on Sky.
Criticism of a possible Arnautovic deal
The long-time Manchester right-back finally commented: “Falcao, Ibrahimovic, Cavani, Ighalo – we’ve all seen those desperate transfers in the last eight to 10 years. It’s a pattern. I don’t get angry, I just want it not comment anymore,” Neville said, referring to the behavior of Transfer of the previous employer.
Former captain Roy Keane only asked questions about Arnautovic’s potential commitment: “Who makes these decisions anyway? Is he the coach? Sporting director? The manager? What’s going on at this club?”
Arnautovic moved from the port of Shanghai to Emilia-Romagna last summer, and last season the Viennese team scored 15 goals in 34 games in all competitions. The former Bremen player also has a lot of experience in the Premier League (125 games for Stoke City and 59 games for West Ham United). However: at 33, he’s not necessarily the one that marks a new beginning.
Gary Neville: This is unacceptable
But the club’s greats were not only upset because of Arnautovic, Neville criticized the overall team planning of officials. “The problem is that the club did not provide the coach with a better squad,” Neville said. “It’s unacceptable at the start of the season. It shouldn’t happen, but it did.”
Eric Ten Hag talking to his players
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However, the players took Neville out of the line of fire. “I think all the players gave 100 per cent. But they need other good players. They gave everything.” However, Kane did not want to share this assessment.
“We saw that last year, Gary,” said the Irishman to Neville. “They don’t run, they don’t run. It doesn’t look 100 percent to me. They don’t give 100 percent. I think there was a lack of football intelligence today. They’re completely open and they are unable to catch the ball.”
Kane: “I don’t see any characters.”
According to Kane, “There is some talent in the team, but when they experience a setback, they just can’t handle it.” The 50-year-old continued, “I have to go back to the DNA of this club and the culture on the training ground. It doesn’t exist. I don’t see any characters, I don’t see any personalities.”
His realistic conclusion: “It’s not about pumping money, it’s about these players not being good enough for Manchester United.”
New coach Ten Hag did not allow himself to be subjected to much criticism after the premiere of his defeat. “We made mistakes and punished the opponent,” the Dutchman said at the press conference. He added, “But he was a good opponent. They worked together for a long time. And if you make mistakes, you will be punished against teams like this.”
Ten Hag on Ronaldo: “We need to do more to get back in shape.”
However, in an interview with Sky, he became clearer: “It takes time, you can’t force him. He’s been in training for a week. He needs to put in more effort to get fit.” If Causa Ronaldo was the only construction site, Ten Hag’s problem wouldn’t be too big.
However, the match against the relentlessly losing Brighton revealed that there was a need to work in many areas. The great euphoria led by Ten Hag is the traditional club’s return to the path of success after the collapse of the already weak previous season.
Tin Hag will need time to establish his philosophy. The time you rarely get a heavyweight like Manchester United.
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