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Marcus Rashford WAS offside for his Man Utd winner vs Liverpool but new Premier League rules mean goal was given

Marcus Rashford‘s decisive goal against Liverpool WAS offside – but there’s an excellent reason why it was still given.

Erik ten Hag’s side were 1-0 up through a Jadon Sancho strike when Anthony Martial played a through ball into the path of a sprinting Rashford.

The 24-year-old slotted the ball past Alisson to score and after a VAR check for offside the goal was given.

However he was only deemed onside because of a change in the tolerance level which was adjusted last summer.

Because of the flaw in VAR of never knowing exactly when the ball was played and the manual plotting of lines coming off the body, a new system was proposed to benefit attacking sides.

The aim is to get rid of the so called ‘toenail’ or ‘pixel’ offsides.

If the two lines – one off the attacker and one off the defender – are touching then it is ruled too close to call.

As a result, the benefit of the doubt is handed to the goal scoring team and there should be a green line drawn off the defender to show it was one of those decisions.

In the still provided by VAR there is a green line off Liverpool centre-back Joe Gomez meaning Rashford was actually just offside – but a benefit of the doubt choice was made to award the goal.

Back in the 2020/21 season the goal would not have been chalked off.

Man Utd won’t care now though as they secured a 2-1 win and a vital three points to firmly put the Brentford humiliation behind them and put Liverpool in trouble.

Last season’s Champions League finalist have taken just two points in their opening three games meaning they are five behind Manchester City and seven off Arsenal already.

However a supercomputer still thinks Liverpool will finish in 2nd and United to finish in 6th.

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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘will splash out on buying a new golf clubhouse at his £17m mansion in Portugal – only to DEMOLISH it because it ruins the view from his property’

Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants to further splash the cash on his dream home in Portugal by buying and demolishing a local golf course clubhouse because it ruins the view from his under-construction mansion.

Ronaldo’s new £17million home will boast luxury features such as an automatic underground garage with elevators that allow him to select one of his supercars from his vast collection.

But the 37-year-old is now looking at ways to improve the surrounding areas of his stunning Quinta da Marinha property and is unhappy with the proximity of the neighbouring Oitavos Golf Club, according to The Sun.

As a solution to his problem, Ronaldo wants to purchase the clubhouse and car park, demolish both, and relocate them to a different area in an attempt to provide more privacy for his family.

The Portugal captain has reportedly instructed his lawyers to open negotiations with the golf course as he attempts to thrash out a deal before his new home, which he plans to move into with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and his five children, is completed.

The 12,000 square foot property is due to be finished early next year and boasts an array of features that you would expect from someone with Ronaldo’s £500,000-per-week earnings.

His stunning coastal property will feature expansive luxury bedrooms that provide views of the Atlantic Ocean, swimming pools, cinema, games room, and more.

Ronaldo’s future is up in the air as the forward wants to leave Manchester United.

The Champions League’s all-time record goalscorer is keen to join a side competing in Europe’s top club competition after a dismal campaign consigned United to the Europa League.

Ronaldo has never competed in the Europa League and is keen to avoid doing so as he enters the twilight years of his career, with his agent Jorge Mendes trying to secure his client an exit all summer.

Marseille are the latest club to be linked with a move for the global icon – which has been endorsed by former Liverpool legend Djibril Cisse, who has told Ronaldo he will ‘look after him’ if he moves to France.

Ronaldo is set to stay at the club owing to a lack of offers for his services. He was left on the bench by Erik ten Hag for their 2-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday night, before coming on as a substitute in the 85th minute.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is close to return to Sporting Lisbon

Cristiano Ronaldo to Sporting Lisbon is reportedly ’99 percent’ done…

Manchester United have issued a response amid emerging reports on Thursday evening suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo was closing in on a fairytale return to Sporting Lisbon. Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford remains up in the air entering the final week of the summer transfer window.

According to Caught Offside, the 37-year-old is on the verge of signing for Sporting Lisbon ahead of the September 1 deadline. It’s claimed that the transfer is so advanced that the Portuguese giants will begin preparing his presentation on Friday.

The report adds that the deal is 99 per cent done after Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, worked around the clock to find a route into the Champions League for his client. Sporting manager Ruben Amorim and his squad have been preparing for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s glorious return ‘for weeks’.

However, the Mail report that United have downplayed the chances of Ronaldo returning to the team he left for England 19 years ago this summer. The Red Devils have strongly maintained their stance throughout Erik ten Hag’s first transfer window as manager – Ronaldo is not for sale.

United missed out on Champions League football with their measly sixth-place finish last season, despite the Portuguese icon’s barrel of goals throughout his return campaign. He has a record-breaking legacy in Europe’s elite competition to maintain and improve on in the final years of his career, sparking his desire to leave M16 after just one campaign.

However, the value on the pitch, in the dressing room, and commercially he offers United have made the club reluctant to let him depart. And a lack of concrete interest in his signature hasn’t helped his efforts, with Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea among European heavyweights to distance themselves.

Sporting could stand alone as Ronaldo’s final opportunity to leave United and maintain his Champions League status this season. And the Primeira Liga club will be confident of challenging to progress into the knockouts after being drawn in Group D alongside Eintracht Frankfurt, Tottenham Hotspur and Marseille.

But with seven days left until the clock strikes 11pm on September 1, the lack of movement and decreasing time period for United to identify a worthy replacement makes Ronaldo’s exit improbable. The number seven could start back-to-back Premier League games on the bench when Ten Hag’s side visit Southampton on Saturday.

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Real Madrid star Casemiro ‘has changed mind on Man Utd transfer’ as John Murtough works

Real Madrid star Casemiro has emerged as a Manchester United transfer target late in the summer window.

Real Madrid star Casemiro initially didn’t want to ‘know anything’ about joining Manchester United but has now changed his mind, according to reports. John Murtough is working to deliver new signings for Erik ten Hag before the end of the month. And the Brazil international is now on the Red Devils’ radar at a time where Frenkie de Jong looks set to stay at Barcelona.

Manchester United want a new midfielder to arrive before the transfer window shuts on September 1.

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic have left Old Trafford, while the likes of Scott McTominay, Fred, Donny van de Beek and James Garner don’t appear good enough to play at the highest level.

United have failed in bids to sign Rabiot and De Jong, with the duo looking set to stay at Juventus and Barcelona respectively.

And they’re now eyeing Casemiro as a result.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Brazil international initially didn’t want to know anything about a move to United.

He’s happy at Real Madrid, having won five Champions League crowns during his glittering spell at the Bernabeu.

But he’s now reportedly changed his mind and is interested to see what offer United are willing to put on his table.

Casemiro no longer believes it’s a given he’ll stay at Real Madrid, despite being a regular under Carlo Ancelotti as they won the【】La Liga and Champions League double last term.

And United are ready to tempt him with a huge salary, with the Red Devils prepared to pay the veteran a huge £15million a year.

They’re also ready to offer the Samba star a five-year contract, too, and are hoping he’ll become their fourth signing of the summer after previous deals for the likes of Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen.

If Casemiro does join, he’ll become the fourth best-paid player in the Premier League.

His wages would dwarf the majority of players’ wages in the top flight and put him only behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah in the pay table.

At the moment, the Red Devils are yet to launch a bid to Real Madrid.

But the reigning champions of Spain and Europe are expecting one to arrive ‘at any moment’.

Casemiro would also become the latest player to move between United and Madrid since the turn of the millennium, too.

In the 2000s, David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Gabriel Heinze and Cristiano Ronaldo all left Manchester for Madrid.

United landed Angel Di Maria from the La Liga titans back in the summer transfer window of 2014, shortly after the appointment of Louis van Gaal as manager.

Javier Hernandez left Old Trafford for the Bernabeu on loan in 2014, having been seemed surplus to requirements by Van Gaal.

And Raphael Varane was the latest star to move between the two giants, with the France international joining last year.

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Manchester United close in on signing £42million Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid

Manchester United‘s start to the season has reinforced the need for new signings, and Matheus Cunha is the latest player to find himself linked with the club.

Two defeats from two have seen Erik ten Hag’s side fall to the bottom of the Premier League table, with the 4-0 defeat at Brentford prompting crisis talks. The former Ajax manager has added three players to his squad since taking over at Old Trafford, but none since the July move for Lisandro Martinez.

United have not signed a forward this summer, but Cristiano Ronaldo‘s uncertain future and Anthony Martial‘s injury have illuminated the lack of depth in the area. One solution could be a move for Cunha, who could be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid after just one season.

According to reports, United are “on the verge” of signing Cunha from Atletico. The reported fee would be €50m for a player who cost the Spanish side around €30m just one year ago.

Who is Matheus Cunha

Born in the north-east of Brazil, Matheus Cunha is a 23-year-old forward with seven senior caps for his country. He has spent his entire professional club career in Europe, joining Swiss side Sion as a teenager and spending time in Germany before moving to his current club.

He scored 10 goals in his first season in the Swiss top flight, earning a move to RB Leipzig. It was there that he scored the Bundesliga goal of the month in April 2019, thanks to a roulette turn followed by a deft chip in a victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

Notably for United fans, it was Ralf Rangnick who brought a young Cunha to Germany. The Austria coach, who spent part of last season in the dugout at Old Trafford, was manager of Die Roten Bullen during the 2018-19 season.

Career so far

Despite that fantastic goal for Leipzig against Leverkusen, he scored just twice for the German side in 18 months with the club. He delivered more in Europe, with Celtic fans possibly remembering his contribution in a Europa League win for Rangnick’s team at Red Bull Arena.

Cunha moved to Hertha Berlin midway through the 2019-20 campaign, helping them secure a mid-table finish. Things were tougher the following season, with Hertha only narrowly staying up, but his seven goals – after five the previous season – made him their joint-top scorer.

The 23-year old is yet to score a senior goal for Brazil, but his record at under-23 level is enviable. His 21 goals include four at the 2019 Toulon Tournament and three at the Tokyo Olympics, including the opener in the gold medal match as Brazil retained their title.

What’s been said about him

“Matheus Cunha is a really intriguing player for us,” Rangnick said upon bringing the player to Germany. “His pace and attacking threat for his age is impressive and he will fit our philosophy well.”

However, Bruno Labbadia – one of his coaches at Hertha – hinted at attitude issues. “He’s still a young person at 21, but something has to change immediately,” the German said after taking Cunha off follow an “abysmal” first half against Freiburg.

“It’s unacceptable. He let himself and his team down with his performance. It’s very rare that I do something like this, but I’ll say it honestly: I’m totally offended.”

Cunha himself, meanwhile, has suggested his game has improved of late. He scored six goals in La Liga last term, but believes other aspects of his game have benefited from his time in Spain.

“I’ve become an even-more complete player,” he told Globo Esporte (via Into the Calderon ) earlier this month. “The intensity level in-game and in training is very high. We always work and train to the limit. It’s made me evolve.”

According to The Mail, Cunha would be open to a move. This is despite him having only joined Atleti last season, with injuries impacting his first season at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The links come as United frontman Ronaldo continues to be linked with a move to the Spanish club himself. However, the same reports suggests a swap deal is not expected to be on the cards.

Reports from around the time of Cunha’s Atletico Madrid move suggested Hertha have a 10% sell-on clause, potentially impacting the eventual fee. United’s need for firepower is clear, though, with Ten Hag’s side scoring just once across their opening two games.

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