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Ronaldo Closes In On World Record With Hattrick vs Lithuania

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Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo moved three steps closer to the world record for the most goals scored for a national team after his hattrick performance against Lithuania in Group B of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Ronaldo netted a treble as Portugal thrashed Lithuania 6-0 at home to move within one victory of sealing qualification for the 2020 European Championships.

The European champions will have the opportunity to defend their title at the tournament next year if they can beat Luxembourg away from home in their final match of the qualifiers.

Apart from Cristiano Ronaldo, Eintracht Frankfurt striker Goncalo Paciencia, Pizzi and Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva were all on target for Portugal.

Ronaldo now has 98 goals on the international stage after his treble against the Lithuanians.

He came become only the second man to score 100 goals for his country if he manages to score at least a brace in the upcoming game at Luxembourg on Sunday.

Ronaldo is still 11 goals away from the current record held by Iran football legend Ali Dael who scored 109 goals for the Asian nation before hanging up his boots.

Former Manchester United attacker Ronaldo has been able to recover from the shock of being substituted in each of the last two Juventus games in all competitions.

Segun Amuda is a mass communication professional, He regularly writes for Thewistle and has worked at several publications, including talkSport.

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Manchester United stance on Chris Smalling revealed

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Manchester United have maintained their stance on Chris Smalling according to the report from popular British media outlet Daily Mirror.

Chris Smalling signed for AS Roma on loan last summer after the signing of Harry Maguire from fellow Premier League club Leicester City.

Harry Maguire signed for Manchester United in an £80m deal to make him the most expensive defender ever and his transfer led to the exit of Chris Smalling from Manchester United on a season-long loan deal to AS Roma.

Chris Smalling has been one of the best central defenders in the Italian Serie A this season and the form of the 30-year-old has propelled his new club to the top four.

AS Roma are on course to return to the Champions League next season.

Chris Smalling has convinced AS Roma officials to pursue a move for him permanently.

AS Roma offered £13m plus £3.5m in add-ons for the Manchester United loanee but the Red Devils are holding out for £25m as per the aforementioned publication.

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand questioned the exit of Chris Smalling from the club last year as he described him as the most natural defender at Old Trafford.

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EPL: Paco Alcacer Transfer – All The Latest Updates

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Monday, January 27.

Borussia Dortmund striker Jadon Sancho has been assured of more first team opportunities if he signs for Newcastle United.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has told Paco Alcacer that he would be given more playing time at the St. James Park as he bids to put himself in contention for the upcoming European Championships billed for this summer.

Paco Alcacer wants to be a part of the Spain squad for the Euros.

The 26-year-old has also been linked with other Premier League sides like Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Paco Alcacer initially joined Borussia Dortmund on loan from Spanish champions Barcelona during the second half of the 2017/18 campaign before his transfer was made permanent in the summer of 2018.

Paco Alcacer has scored seven goals in 14 appearances in the German Bundesliga this season but the arrival of teenage striker Erling Haaland has pushed him further down the attacking pecking order at Borussia Dortmund.

Erling Haaland signed for Borussia Dortmund at the start of this month and he has already scored five goals in just two substitute appearances and 59 minutes in the German Bundesliga.

The 19-year-old striker joined Borussia Dortmund from Austrian top flight club Red Bull Salzburg and has scored 33 goals in all competitions since the start of this campaign.

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EPL: Confirmed Arsenal Starting Lineup vs Bournemouth

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has the opportunity to lead his team into the fifth round of the FA Cup but he must navigate the Gunners through a tricky fourth round tie at fellow Premier League side Bournemouth.

Arteta and his Arsenal players would be expected to seal their place in the last 16 of the competition at the expense of the Cherries who ended their wretched run with a 3-1 win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion in their last league game.

Before the win over Brighton, Bournemouth had picked up just four points from the last ten games in the Premier League.

Arsenal and Bournemouth have already met twice this season in the league.

The first meeting ended in a 1-0 win for hosts Arsenal courtesy the first half goal from Brazilian international David Luiz. The game took place in October

The second Premier League game between the two teams this season ended in a draw after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cancelled out the opening goal of the game scored by Dan Gosling for the hosts Bournemouth.

Possible Arsenal XI: Emiliano Martinez; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Rob Holding, Bukayo Saka; Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil; Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicholas Pepe.

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EPL: Krzysztof Piatek Transfer To Chelsea – All The Latest Updates

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Monday, January 27

AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek has been offered to a Premier League club as per the newest reports in the media in the United Kingdom.

Piatek is now the second choice striker at AC Milan after the signing of club legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic earlier this month.

Swedish football icon Zlatan re-signed for AC Milan this month on a free transfer after the striker ended his contract at Major League Soccer (MLS) giants LA Galaxy.

Krzysztof Piatek scored 30 goals in all competitions for both Genoa and AC Milan in the last campaign but he has struggled to replicate that kind of form in this campaign.

The Polish international signed for AC Milan from fellow Italian top flight side Genoa last year January.

According to the Daily Express, Chelsea have been offered the opportunity to sign Piatek in this winter transfer market.

Krzysztof Piatek could be the answer to Chelsea and their search for a second striker.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard doesn’t see the attacking duo of Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud as the perfect competition for Tammy Abraham.

Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be interested in Piatek who has scored just five goals for the Italian Serie A giants in all competitions.

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Four-man Managerial Shorlist Revealed At Man United

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Manchester United have drawn up a four-man managerial shortlist in the event that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is booted out of his job.

Solskjaer has come under serious pressure in recent days but the word out of Old Trafford is that Manchester United bosses still believe that the club legend has what it takes to turn things around after a difficult week.

Senior Manchester United bosses want to back him with new players but that could change if results continue to dwindle.

Manchester United have lost their last two league games against arch-rivals Liverpool and Burnley and that has seen their charge for a top-four place fade.

Those two results came on the back of the injury suffered by Marcus Rashford who’s the leading goalscorer in the team with 19 goals in all competitions.

Rashford will not return to action until two months’ time.

For now, Manchester United have a four-man shortlist of managers to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if the club pulled the trigger.

According to The Times, Ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino heads that list alongside current England national team boss Gareth Southgate.

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is also on the shortlist as well as Paris Saint Germain (PSG) manager Thomas Tuchel.

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Solskjaer Wants These Six Signings At Man United

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Underpressure Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has requested six more signings at the club for him to be able to turn things around after a bad start to the New Year.

Solskjaer and Manchester United ended 2019 well with victories over Newcastle United and Burnley in the Premier League but have not recovered since 2020 started with a big defeat at the home of Arsenal in the league.

The pressure on Solskjaer ramped up in the last one week after the defeats to Liverpool and Burnley in the league.

Manchester United were beaten 2-0 at Liverpool, whom they share a long-running tradition with, last weekend while Burnley also got the same scoreline at Old Trafford in midweek.

Solskjaer has to redeem himself as Manchester United take on hosts and League One club Tranmere Rovers in the fourth round of the FA Cup later this weekend.

According to The Times, Solskjaer wants the club to back him with new players for him to take the Old Trafford outfit back to the top where it belongs.

He wants a new full-back, two central midfielders, a creative midfielder known as the no. 10, a winger and a striker.

His immediate focus is to get Manchester United to the fifth round in the FA Cup.

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EPL: Emre Can To Manchester United: All The Latest Updates

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Sunday, January 26

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keeping hopes up as regards the signing of Juventus midfielder Emre Can according to the report via the Daily Express.

It was stated that Manchester United is confident that the German international will sign for Manchester United despite his affiliation with Premier League table-toppers Liverpool.

Earlier reports had disclosed that the player is not keen to join Manchester United from Juventus due to his loyalty to Liverpool whom he played for before leaving the Premier League for Italy at the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

Emre Can played for Liverpool for four years upon joining them from Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga.

The German midfielder wore the Liverpool shirt between 2014 and 2018 before the free transfer move to  Italian champions Juventus.

His last game for Liverpool was the 2018 Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.

He has also been linked with both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the German top flight.

The £25m-rated Juventus midfielder has rarely featured for the Old Lady under manager Maurizio Sarri and was left out of the Champions League squad last year.

Manchester United are looking for reinforcements to their squad after injuries to a lot of key players.

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Carlos Tevez To Transfer: All The Latest Updated

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Sunday, January 26

Manchester United legend Dmitar Berbatov has urged the club to make a move for Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez as they try to save their season from imploding due to various injuries to key players.

In a chat with Betfair, Berbatov advised his former club to sign Carlos Tevez whom he played with while the retired Bulgarian national team player was at Old Trafford.

Carlos Tevez was on the payroll at Manchester United before he went on to play for city rivals Manchester City.

On his affiliation with Manchester City, Dmitar Berbatov said that the Manchester United Faithfuls will welcome him back to the club.

Manchester United are after the signing of a short-term striker especially after the injury to leading attacker Marcus Rashford.

England international Rashford will miss the next two months of football after suffering a serious back injury against Wolves in the FA Cup earlier this month.

Carlos Tevez is not the only possible short-term signing being looked at by the Red Devils.

The likes of Odion Jude Ighalo and Islam Slimani are also options for Manchester United who have to boost their squad on the attacking side after the team failed to score since the injury to Rashford.

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