Can Manchester United pull off the win? Players include Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford but will Cristiano Ronaldo overshadow them? The Red Devils have a challenging task ahead.
Manchester United: 5 players make a difference
Manchester United hasn’t been the champions of England since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge, and they’re desperate to end that drought. With a few notable arrivals this summer, including Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and Cristiano Ronaldo for free transfer (in exchange from Juventus), United looks ready now more than ever!
However, with only two points separating them from Chelsea at the top spot right now, it will be tough-fought all season long by those competing against each other — just like Liverpool, who sit below on three wins but ahead due to recent meetings between these squads. We are betting on them to finish strong!
If you love Manchester United as much as we do, read on for some player insights.
1 – Jadon Sancho – no 25
This summer has been an influential one for Manchester United as they have signed some of the world’s finest talents, and with that comes pressure to win titles once again. With Jadon Sancho joining the club alongside Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, they can’t lose.
Let’s take a look at Sancho in detail.
Sancho was born in Camberwell (London) to parents from the West Indies. He learned about football by playing with friends on the street or at local youth tournaments — where he met fellow aspiring footballer Reiss Nelson.
Growing up, Sancho supported Chelsea FC and aspired to be like Ronaldinho, but now he says he is a fan of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
The number 25 was a Borussia Dortmund forward and England international. He has signed to Manchester United because of his performance at the German club. Sancho’s rise to stardom has been meteoric. He was part of the England youth team that won the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and made his debut in 2018, at only 18 years old!
2 – Raphaël Varane – no 19
Raphaël Xavier Varane (born April 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays as one of the best central defenders in Europe, primarily for Manchester United. He mainly operates at centre-back but has also played other positions such as left-back due to the versatility that allows him to play adaptability when needed most.
Varane is a French superstar who has been seen on the European stage for some time now. He had success with Real Madrid, but more importantly, he picked up an exciting nickname that many would not have expected (it was a dull day in the media when they thought that one up) “Champions League Varane.”
In 2018 he helped lead his team to victory at the World Cup, with 73 appearances in total — all during this prestigious career so far!
3 – Cristiano Ronaldo – no 7
There have been so many famous no 7’s (David Beckham, Eric Cantona, George Best, and Garrincha), but CR7 is the most famous of them all.
Cristiano Ronaldo is affectionately known as Ron, originally a Portuguese footballer who plays forward for Manchester United and captains Portugal’s national team. He was born in February 1985, and many believe him to be one of the greatest players of all time, based on his five Ball award status (including four European Golden Shoes). When people start dubbing him “The Best Player Alive,” it’s no surprise he’s legendary.
Ronaldo is in the spotlight, but can he take all of these media attacks about his age and ability? It seems that people are looking for any reason to criticise him. Now it’s his impact on the field — with one missed penalty — which gets questioned by pundits and fans alike!
4 – Harry Maguire – no 5
Harry Maguire was born in 1993 and has been playing professional soccer since 2011 when he joined his hometown team Sheffield United. He made his debut for England’s national team at 20-years old, and he’s now 28 and playing for the best club in the world, Manchester United.
5 – Marcus Rashford – no 10
Marcus Rashford is one of the most exciting young talents in Europe, and he’s only getting started. The Englishman made his debut for Man United at just 16 years old. Since then, there’s been no looking back!
He was an integral member of their Europa League winning side in 2017 — scoring two goals against Ajax (to say nothing about all those other braces). Not bad for somebody whose name you probably wouldn’t know back then without having watched them play. People expected great things from Marcus, and they got them, but not how you would expect.
In 2021 we should expect big things from Marcus because he has incredible talent and a fantastic work ethic, which has led him to become such a key member within the team already, after such little time playing together.
Footballer Marcus Rashford is a “hero of our times” and not just for his football skills but for his campaign to provide free meals during the school holidays. Rashford’s efforts have been praised on social media after prompting an outpouring from supporters with this selfless act. This included providing food baskets and other essentials such as clothes, toys, or books so that children would not go hungry when they weren’t at school.
He goes beyond what we often expect of athletes, but then again, these aren’t just any sportsmen: These guys also happen to be role models in many ways — not least because they’re willing to devote much more than money.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the current Manchester United manager. He was appointed caretaker following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in December 2018 and his successful time at that led him to be announced as permanent manager on March 28, 2019, for a 3-year deal.
“Ole’s appointment came out of nowhere,” says Kit Hodge from FourFourTwo magazine. “It feels like there may have been some kind whisperings about who would take over if (Mourinho) left but not this.”
Manchester United fans hope this tournament is in the bag, and they think it’s all over (it isn’t yet) with players like Rashford, Maguire, Ronaldo, Sancho, and Varane, but only time will tell.