Ahead of their Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday, legendary attacker, Cristiano Ronaldo has said that him and his Manchester United teammates must rise to the occasion and do what ought to be done to save the team.
United were crushed 5-0 by rivals Liverpool and then played off the park by Manchester City in a 2-0 defeat in early November.
Before then, the Red Devils were thrashed 4-2 to Leicester City and suffered to play a 2-2 draw with Atalanta in the Champions League.
This leaves them in sixth position in the table, nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea at the 11-game mark.
A make-or-break run of fixtures into December begins with away trips to Watford and Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, either side of a vital Champions League trip to Villarreal, which could determine United’s passage to the knockout phase as group winners or runners-up.
They will play Chelsea and rejuvenated Arsenal side afterwards.
And Ronaldo feels that, “Time to role up the sleeves once again and just get the job done! Let’s chase what we are trying to achieve this season! 💪🏽 #MUFC.”
Three Premier League Clubs Planning To Snap Up Aribo
Premier League clubs, Crystal Palace, Watford and Brentford are reportedly preparing their bids for Super Eagles of Nigeria and Rangers midfielder, Joe Aribo.
Aribo, 25, was a key part of Steven Gerrad’s plan at Rangers that saw the club end a ten-year wait for a domestic league title.
Since joining from Charlton in 2019, he has scored 21 times and provided 16 assists in his 116 appearances. He also earned a call-up to the Super Eagles set-up.
The Premier League clubs on the trail of Aribo already have a number of Super Eagles players and hopefuls and a switch will swell the total number of Nigerian players in English top-flight football.
Aribo’s deal with the The Teddy Bears ends in 2023.
Ex-international Tackles FIFA For Staging Club World Cup During AFCON
Former Egypt international Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid, publicly known as Mido, has tackled world governing body FIFA for staging the Club World Cup at the same time as the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The 18th edition of the Club World Cup, which was earlier scheduled for December, will now be held from February 3 to 12, 2022, in the United Arab Emirates while the Afcon finals will take place from January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon.
Originally, an expanded Club World Cup in China was planned to be held in June and July 2021 but due to fixture congestion caused by the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on football, the Tokyo Olympics, Uefa European Championship and Copa America it was postponed from mid-2020 to mid-2021.
As a result, FIFA announced in March 2020 they would postpone the expanded Club World Cup to later in 2021, 2022, or 2023.
On December 4, 2020, the Fifa Council announced the Club World Cup, using the previous format, would be held in late 2021 and hosted by Japan.
However, on September 8, 2021, the Japan Football Association dropped its commitment to host the tournament, owing to the possibility of restrictions on fan attendance due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
Numerous countries expressed interest in hosting the tournament as bidding was reopened, including Brazil, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates.
On October 20, 2021, the Fifa Council announced the UAE as the host of the tournament and postponed the event from late 2021 to early 2022.
According to Mido, who played for several clubs in the Premier League, including Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, and West Ham United, the world body has disrespected Africans with the decision.
“FIFA deciding to hold the Club World Cup while Afcon is going on is a sign of disrespect to African football,” former Ajax star tweeted in Ara
“It wouldn’t have been the case with the Euros or Copa America.”
The draw for the competition was conducted on Monday with Chelsea set to face Auckland City, Al Jazira, or Al Hilal in the semi-finals.
Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal will face the winner between hosts Al Jazira and New Zealand side Auckland while Egyptian giants Al Ahly will take on Mexican side Monterrey and the winner will face Copa Libertadores winner Palmeiras in the semis.
Bayern Munich are the defending champions, but will not defend their title after being eliminated in the 2020-21 Uefa Champions League quarter-finals.
African champions Al Ahly take part for a second successive time having finished third in the previous edition.
FIFA Announces 11 Nominees For Puskás Award 2021 [Full List]
FIFA on Monday announced 11 nominees for the Puskás Award 2021.
The winner will be selected by an international jury comprising a panel of FIFA Legends and registered fans from all over the world on FIFA.com.
Recall that FIFA had last Monday announced candidates for Men’s Best Coach, goalkeepers and among other awards.
The 11 nominees shortlisted for the shortlist for the Puskás Award 2021 are.
1. Luis Díaz (COL): Brazil v. Colombia [CONMEBOL Copa América] (23 June 2021)
2. Gauthier Hein (FRA): Chamois Niortais FC v. AJ Auxerre [Ligue 2] (10 April 2021)
3. Érik Lamela (ARG): Arsenal FC v. Tottenham Hotspur FC [Premier League] (14 March 2021)
4. Valentino Lazaro (AUT): Bayer 04 Leverkusen v. Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach [Bundesliga] (8 November 2020)
5. Riyad Mahrez (ALG): Zimbabwe v. Algeria [CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying] (16 November 2020)
6. Sandra Owusu-Ansah (GHA): Kumasi Sports Academy Ladies FC v. Supreme Ladies FC [Ghana Women’s Premier League] (8 May 2021).
7. Vangelis Pavlidis (GRE): Willem II v. Fortuna Sittard [Eredivisie] (16 May 2021)
8. Daniela Sánchez (MEX): Querétaro FC v. Atlético de San Luis [Liga MX Femenil] (16 January 2021)
9. Patrik Schick (CZE): Czech Republic v. Scotland [UEFA EURO 2020] (14 June 2021)
10. Mehdi Taremi (IRN): Chelsea FC v. FC Porto [UEFA Champions League] (13 April 2021)
11. Caroline Weir (SCO): Manchester City WFC v. Manchester United WFC [FA Women’s Super League] (12 February 2021).
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