Qatar World Cup 2022 start date to change as FIFA allows hosts to play first

FIFA is set to move the start date of the World Cup one day earlier so that host nation Qatar can play first, The Athletic understand. Previously, the tournament was scheduled to begin on Monday November 21, with Senegal playing the Netherlands. However, it is understood that Qatar wants to play first, as has become … Read more

Welbeck penalty at Man United, McTominay red card, Virgil van Dijk foul

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) causes controversy every week in the Premier League, but how are decisions made and are they correct? After each weekend, we take a look at the most high-profile incidents and examine the process both in terms of VAR protocol and the Laws of the Game. – VAR’s wildest moments: Alisson’s two … Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo: Gary Neville takes a swipe at Man United star for creating a ‘messy’ situation

‘I’m a little bit disappointed in him’: Gary Neville takes a swipe at Cristiano Ronaldo for creating a ‘messy’ start to life at Manchester United for new boss Erik ten Hag… and he calls on Portuguese superstar to front up and end ‘unpalatable’ exit saga Gary Neville has admitted he is ‘disappointed’ in Cristiano Ronaldo’s … Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Old Trafford before final whistle of Manchester United draw

3:07 PM ET Rob DawsonMatch Cristiano Ronaldo left the stadium before the end of Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano after being substituted at half-time. Ronaldo, 37, made his comeback against the Spanish side after missing United’s tour of Thailand and Australia to deal with a family issue. – ESPN+ viewers’ guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, … Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo makes Man United return vs. Rayo Vallecano

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United’s starting XI for their preseason friendly against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford on Sunday. New signings Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen were also named in a much-changed side from the one that lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Raphael Varane was named captain while Tom Heaton, Donny van … Read more

Ronaldo suggests he will play for Manchester United against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday

Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested that he will play in Manchester United’s pre-season game against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. The 37-year-old returned to Carrington this week to discuss his future, having requested to leave United earlier in the summer. On Thursday, The Athletic reported that Ronaldo had reiterated his desire to depart the club. However, writing … Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo reiterates desire to leave Manchester United during Carrington meeting

Cristiano Ronaldo has reiterated his desire to leave Manchester United during meetings at the club’s Carrington training base, but executives continue to insist he is not for sale. After discussions, it is felt that a primary objective for Ronaldo wishing to depart is to spend the 2022-23 season at a Champions League club so he … Read more

Lisandro Martinez: Why Manchester United pushed hard to beat Arsenal to £55m deal

Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Lisandro Martinez, beating Arsenal to the Argentina centre-back. Arsenal hit first goal United struck harder and agreed a deal with Ajax that the player readily accepted. United have agreed to pay about £47million (€55m) for Martinez, plus another £8.5m (€10m) in potential add-ons, with the 24-year-old signing … Read more