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Fernandes insists Ronaldo decision “doesn’t matter” after Man Utd message

Fernandes has said he doesn’t mind Ronaldo taking penalties, while the latter tweeted early on Friday morning praising the collective effort of the team in the win over Arsenal.

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A dark cloud has been hanging over Manchester United for long spells of the season, although in recent days there has been a parting in the gloom.

A Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired win over Arsenal on Thursday night left Old Trafford jubilant, while Ralf Rangnick’s first press conference as manager offered an intriguing insight into what supporters can expect at the Theatre of Dreams for the rest of the season.

There’s still plenty of work to do for the decision-makers at United, but Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace should be the start of a bright new direction.

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Will Ronaldo thrive under the guidance of Rangnick? Let us know in the comments below.

Fernandes opened the scoring against Arsenal.

Ronaldo sends late-night message

Ronaldo scored the 800th and 801st goals of his remarkable career on Thursday and helped eradicate some fears he will not fit into Rangnick’s blueprint.

While the Portuguese has always been something of an individual, in addition to his goals against the Gunners he put in plenty of effort for the team, chasing passes into the channels and closing down opposition defenders.

And Ronaldo was keen to emphasise the collective in his message to fans:

“Today’s win was very important to get back on track, but there’s still a long road to go until we reach our destination… Congrats to all my teammates, great spirit tonight!”

Read the story in full HERE.

Fernandes says Ronaldo decision “doesn’t matter”

Bruno Fernandes said there was no issue with Ronaldo taking United’s penalty against Arsenal.

Fernandes skied a spot kick earlier in the season against Aston Villa and many were surprised he was handed the responsibility to take it with his compatriot on the pitch.

After the showdown with Arsenal, in which Fernandes scored the first Red Devils goal, the midfielder said he had belief in his team-mate.

“We didn’t have a chat,” he said.

“I missed the last one so I trust him in the same way I trust myself. It was time for Cristiano to take the penalty because I took the last one and missed it. It doesn’t matter who gets on the penalty.”

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How should United line up against Palace? Let us know below!

Rangnick plays down possible January signings

Rangnick has said it’s unlikely the Red Devils will move to sign any players in the January window.

United landed Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in the summer, although the squad has looked short in key areas in recent weeks as the team has struggled.

Despite those gaps, Rangnick said he will be looking to work with the current set of players first and foremost.

“We haven’t spoken about new players, it’s not the time to think about new players. We have to get to know the players we have currently: the squad is definitely not too small.

“Maybe after Christmas, there will be a time to talk about possible transfers in the winter. In my experience, winter is not the time for sustainable transfers. It will be difficult in the winter.”

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