These are your Manchester United headlines for Sunday 15 May.
Xavi’s Cristiano Ronaldo admission
Barcelona head coach Xavi has praised United striker Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism, while admitting age doesn’t affect his mind when it comes to recruiting. The Spaniard, 42, is gearing up for his first summer transfer window at the Camp Nou.
He took charge in November and almost immediately signed a new contract with club legend Dani Alves, despite the Brazilian now being 39. He further bolstered his arsenal in the January window, landing Adama Traore, Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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The latter is 32, meaning Xavi isn’t afraid to add experience to his ranks with players over 30. Before the summer, Barcelona, who will be forced to box smart with their recruitment due to financial difficulties, will be linked with the signing of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
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James Garner decision by Erik ten Hag
Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates has described United loan James Garner as “one of the best” specialists in the championship. Yates made the admission for Forest to face Sheffield United in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon – which Steve Cooper’s side won 2-1.
Forest finished fourth in the championship and will lock the horns with the Blades over a two-legged draw in a bid to reach Wembley. United mercenary Garner, who will aspire to become a key part of Erik ten Hag’s plans at Old Trafford next season, has been instrumental in Forest’s success this season, with a string of outstanding performances.
George Smith writes.
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