Manchester United are relying on Cristiano Ronaldo to make up for Manchester City’s missed opportunity. Football News – Times of India

Manchester: Manchester United counting on cristiano ronaldo to show up Manchester City What did they miss when both sides needed points at Old Trafford on Saturday?
Ronaldo continued to dig United through the hole in the Champions League mid-week with a double in a 2-2 draw at Atalanta as he secured defending points for the third time in four European games.
The 36-year-old has now scored nine goals in 12 games since returning to the club, which had previously made him a household name.
Had things been different in the last days of August, Ronaldo could have lined up for Saturday’s game at City Blue.
It was indeed City’s interest in the five-time Ballon d’Or winner that sparked United’s move to sign Ronaldo from Juventus, though already of a more subscribed array of talent for attacking positions. was claimed.
Despite Ronaldo’s strike rate, the initially proposed deal to move to City could have been more beneficial for all parties.
Pep Guardiola’s men have shined at times this season but have also missed a clinical finisher as they failed to score at home to stay five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea at Southampton and Crystal Palace.
United are three points further behind after one win in five league games.
The Red Devils have won only five of Ronaldo’s 12, while the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford And Mason Greenwood has been marginalized.
Last weekend’s 3-0 win at Tottenham bought Ole Gunnar Solskjaer some time off as United boss.
But the defensive weaknesses that Liverpool uncovered in Solskjaer’s men’s 5-0 humiliation less than two weeks ago were once again visible in Italy on Tuesday, especially with Rafael Varane’s hamstring injury. after.
Varane has been ruled out for a month, giving Solskjaer a headache as to how to protect his remaining sluggish centre-back.
Antonio Conte returns to the Premier League on Sunday when Tottenham travels Everton Hope to be back in the race for a place in the top four.
Spurs swooped in for the former Chelsea boss, who has been linked with United’s job, within 24 hours of the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday.
Hiring one of Europe’s most prestigious coaches is a sign of Spurs’ ambition not to slip back into mid-table mediocrity after Mauricio Pochettino’s five-year high in charge between 2014 and 2019.
Conte needs to get Harry Kane Firing with the England captain scoring just once in the Premier League this season.
But Everton could prove to be the perfect opponent to start the Italian reign after losing their last three games.
Spurs’ swift move to Conte highlights a first month of forgetfulness for Newcastle’s new owners.
three weeks after dismissal Steve BruceThe Magpies are still looking for a new owner, even after being turned down by Villarreal coach Unai Emery.
Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is new frontrunner, but acting boss Graeme Jones He is set to take charge for the third game in Brighton on Saturday.
Backed by the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund, Newcastle will be heavily backed to consolidate in the January transfer window.
But they only need an overhaul to avoid relegation.
They are second on the table with four points, without a win in their opening 10 Premier League games of the season.