Manchester United Transfer News Summary: Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks International Men’s Hat-Trick Record; Red Devils contemplate January move by Leicester City star and more
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Manchester United’s decision to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford could have a major impact on his performance this season. The Portuguese has enjoyed a brilliant start in his second inning with the Red Devils. So manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope that his former teammate can help the Norwegian break his curse as Manchester United manager.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has added another feather to his cap while on international duty. Elsewhere, the Red Devils are planning a move for a Leicester City star in January.
Along those lines, here’s a look at Manchester United’s key transfer stories as of October 12, 2021.
Cristiano Ronaldo breaks hat-trick record in men’s international football
Cristiano Ronaldo has reached another milestone with the Portuguese national team.
The Manchester United star recorded his 10th hat-trick while in international service, becoming the first person to do so in men’s soccer history. The 36-year-old started the game against Luxembourg with 112 international goals and almost immediately set out to increase his account.
Ronaldo scored his first of the night in eight minutes from the penalty spot and repeated the trick five minutes later to double Portugal’s score. After the hosts increased their lead through Bruno Fernandes and Joao Palhinha, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner picked up his third of the night in the 87th minute.
With his ninth international hat-trick against Lithuania in 2019, Ronaldo joined Swede Sven Rydell in an exclusive group. The Manchester United star has now surpassed Rydell to claim the record for himself. The Portuguese (115) is already the record scorer in the history of men’s international football.
Manchester United contemplates January move by Wilfred Ndidi
Manchester United are contemplating a move for Wilfred Ndidi in January, according to The Hard Tackle via Transfers.
The Red Devils invested heavily in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane this summer. However, it’s no secret that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a world-class defensive midfielder to get his team going full blast.
Manchester United have been monitoring quite a few targets for the position as of late, and have now focused on Ndidi. The Red Devils believe the Nigerian could be Nemanja Matic’s successor and want to take him to Old Trafford in January. However, Leicester City might not be willing to lose their point man mid-season.
Manchester United ready to unload Jesse Lingard
Manchester United are set to ditch Jesse Lingard in January, according to The Sun.
The Englishman’s current deal expires in June 2022, but he has yet to agree to an extension with the Red Devils. Lingard has lowered the pecking order at Old Trafford since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. You are no longer guaranteed first-team minutes with the Premier League giants.
Manchester United have offered their academy graduate a new deal worth £ 135,000 per week. But Jesse Lingard expects guarantees on his playing time. If he continues to halt his contract extension further, the Red Devils can contemplate ditching him in January for just £ 15 million.
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