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    Wayne Rooney pulls out of Match of the Day debut as Man Utd legend picks up ‘painful back injury on holiday’

    WAYNE ROONEY was forced to pull out of his Match of the Day debut after picking up a ‘painful back injury on holiday.The Man Utd legend, 38, was set to appear on the iconic BBC show as a pundit on Saturday night.Wayne Rooney had to pull out of an appearance on Match of the Day because of injuryCredit: GettyHowever, he was forced to cancel after the misfortune.He revealed the ailment in an apologetic message on X.Rooney wrote: “Gutted not to be making my debut on the iconic @BBCMOTD show tonight, it’s something I have wanted to do since I was little.”Unfortunately I have sustained a painful back injury during a holiday with my family but I look forward to being part of the team in the near future. Good luck to @GaryLineker and the guys for tonights show and see you soon.”Read more Man Utd newsRegular host Lineker was instead joined by Martin Keown and Micah Richards in the studio.Meanwhile, Rooney has questioned Marcus Rashford’s future at Old Trafford.Rashford, 26, has endured a difficult season with the Red DevilsRooney believes Rashford may need to leave the Red Devils in order to return to his best.Most read in FootballThe ex-United striker told Premier League productions: “He has had a very difficult season. We all know he has got the ability and got all the attributes to be a top world-class player.”That’s the frustrating thing. Last season, he went and scored a lot of goals. But this season, he hasn’t kicked on.Watch Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag storm out of press conference after Bournemouth drawCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERS”He doesn’t look happy when he is playing.”You wonder, is his best option to move away from the club and have a fresh start? But he is a Manchester lad.”I would love to see him get his career back on track at the club, go on to score goals and try to help the club win trophies. But he certainly has had a difficult season.”However, Rashford currently looks nailed on to stay at Old Trafford after a PSG insider told SunSport that the French club have no interest in luring the England star. More

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    Man Utd line up £80m Jarrad Branthwaite move with incoming transfer guru expected to push deal for Everton star through

    MANCHESTER UNITED hope to steal a march in the chase for Jarrad  Branthwaite — as soon as Jason Wilcox arrives.United intend to make Wilcox their new transfer guru and are confident of brokering a compensation deal with Southampton, where he has been football director, within days.Jarrad Branthwaite has been linked with a move to Man UtdCredit: GettyAnd they believe his previous close working relationship with Branthwaite’s agent David Reeves will put them in pole position for Everton’s highly-rated centre-back.United want to make the 21-year-old one of their marquee signings in Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s rebuild.A fee of more than £80million has been mentioned but United need to boost their backline.Branthwaite has been the shining light in a nightmare season for Everton and was named in England’s squad for last month’s Wembley friendlies with Brazil and Belgium.Read more Man Utd newsBranthwaite did not make his Three Lions debut after being left on the bench.But the centre-back is widely seen as the future of England’s defence.Recent reports also suggest United are now lining up a bid amid doubts over the futures of Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire.Both players are out of contract in 2025, with Varane a target for clubs in Saudi Arabia.Most read in FootballAs for Maguire, there is an option to extend his deal until 2026.But West Ham are ready to lure him to London with the offer of first-team football.Watch Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag storm out of press conference after Bournemouth drawAnd with new United owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe ready to trim the fat, both players could be sold to make room for fresh faces.Branthwaite would certainly fit the bill, having already impressed on loan at Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSHe has appeared 28 times for the club in what has been a turbulent season.The centre half scored his first goal for the club with a dramatic late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Spurs.Tuchel showed why he could be the perfect man for Man Utd, says Andy DillonBy Andy Dillon
    TOMMY TUCHEL could not have done it better had he submitted his CV to LinkedIn or Indeed.
    Somehow mustering some gumption from the worst Bayern Munich team in more than a decade to stop a rampant Arsenal dead in their tracks is a spectacular job advert for a manager soon to be looking for work.
    If Sir Jim Ratcliffe wasn’t watching from his Old Trafford office or from the cinema room in one of his tax havens, he should have been.
    They may have even sat up and taken notice in Newcastle or in the owners’ Riyadh hub as Tuchel reminded everyone of his credentials as a top-level coach with devilish timing.
    If change is coming then Tuchel is playing a trump card.
    His side turned up and cowed the team that, as far as the current Premier League goes, is the best in England.
    It may only add to the questions around Tuchel that after tossing away the only league easier to win than Scotland’s or Spain’s, Munich have sprung to life in Europe.
    After 11 years unopposed as German champions, Chelsea’s former manager has chucked it in at home in a remarkable act of ineptitude. But freak years can happen.
    Tuchel is an enigma. But that is part of the appeal as much as winning the Champions League with Chelsea just three months after taking the job.
    With no new signings, he took a team that had lost five of the previous ten games and turned them into European Champions.
    With Ratcliffe considering swingeing budget cuts at Old Trafford, a coach who can perform wonders on peanuts would be music to his ears.
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    ‘Scared of upsetting bigger earners’ – Man Utd’s Garnacho likes brutal anti-Ten Hag post after being subbed at half time

    ALEJANDRO GARNACHO has liked social media posts blasting Erik ten Hag for subbing him at half-time.Manchester United boss Ten Hag was accused of running “scared” of “bigger earners” and throwing Garnacho “under a bus” after a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth.Alejandro Garnacho was hauled off early at BournemouthCredit: RexGarnacho appeared to approve of this hard-hitting postFans then spotted the Argentina star, 19, reacted to that social media outburst from well-known Red Devils’ YouTuber Mark Goldbridge.One responded on X: “Lol Garnacho liked this. Damn Man Utd is getting cooked.”Ten Hag told Sky Sports after earning a fortunate point: “This is not enough… The truth is we did not deserve more.”The first goal we were actually well set up but we lose the ball in a bad area and it was a goal.READ MORE MAN UTD NEWS”There were two or three more occasions where we should have dealt better with the ball.”Then down the right side they were finding ways to hurt us and there were jobs to be done but it was not always done. “Then you get problems. Go with your opponent, that is your job. One part is collaboration and the other is discipline.”Goldbridge posted: “Ten Hag subtly blaming Garnacho in the post match press conference…not a good look throwing a 19 year old under the bus who has actually delivered for you this season. But then again he’s clearly scared of upsetting the bigger earners.”Most read in FootballA fellow Old Trafford supporter replied: “Always scared to blame Rashford.”Another wrote: “He targets whoever puts their heads down. He can’t even substitute those 375k players who drops stinkers after stinkers.”Man Utd fans demand Wayne Rooney’s ‘English Messi’ son Kai, 14, given contract now after shock footage emergesBut some fans disagreed with Goldbridge’s claim that the Red Devils’ Dutch manager is too soft on a crop of under-achieving high-earners.One said: “Are you kidding me? Ten Hag has shown the most faith in Mainoo and Garnacho.”On this occasion, however, full-back Diogo Dalot replaced Garnacho for the second period, with United 2-1 down.And Mason Mount came on for 18-year-old Kobbie Mainoo on 78 minutes at 2-2.One fan said: “Let’s be honest, Garnacho had a poor 1st half. I was expecting EtH to remove Rashford and move Garna to the left at half-time… but he chose to remove Garna.”And another defended Ten Hag’s actions over his whizkid, saying: “He wasn’t blaming him, he just explained what happened in the first half with him.”Boss Erik ten Hag divided opinion with his verdict on United’s drawCredit: RexWilly Kambwala wants to become rock at the back for Man Utd… but Erik ten Hag probably won’t be around to see itBy Ken Lawrence

    ERIK TEN HAG insists he is still the right man to take Manchester United forward.
    The Dutchman believes he can recapture their former glories, despite escaping for the second time in a row what could have been humiliation by Liverpool at the weekend.
    And teen Willy Kambwala revealed his “passion” is to become a rock at the heart of United’s defence after making just his second start of the season against their bitter rivals.
    United trailed 1-0 at half-time on Sunday but fought back to take a 2-1 lead before Mo Salah’s 84th-minute equaliser from the penalty spot.
    Ten Hag was pleased with the second-half performance, declaring it “another signal and message for the future,” before adding, “the team and squad have high potential.”
    Yet the Old Trafford chief sounds more and more like he has his finger stuck in a leaky dyke and does not think it is going to hold.
    Comeback or not, United still threw away a lead for the third time in eight days following their 4-3 defeat to Chelsea and 1-1 draw with Brentford — both deep into injury time.
    And his body language suggests he expects to be crossing it to go back to Holland with his P45 this summer
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    Erik ten Hag STORMS OUT of press conference after being told Man Utd risk setting humiliating record

    ERIK TEN HAG stormed out of a press conference when he was told of an embarrassing record his Man Utd side is at risk of setting.The Dutch tactician was in no mood for niceties, following his side’s dismal 2-2 draw at Bournemouth.Erik Ten Hag stormed out of a press conference following the Bournemouth gameCredit: YouTube/BeanymanSportsTen Hag took offence to being told of a dreadful stat United are facingCredit: YouTube/BeanymanSportsThe result saw the Red Devils miss out on the opportunity to close the gap on the race for a Champions League spot.Worse still, after Newcastle thumped Tottenham 4-0 in the early Saturday kick off, United slipped to seventh spot.Ten Hag faced the press after the game against the Cherries, when he saw red with a journalist’s remark.The ex-Ajax boss was told should United finish any lower than seventh, it would be the club’s lowest ever finish in the Premier League.Read more Man Utd newsAn unhappy ten Hag rose from his chair, before commenting: “I don’t comment.”That is not important for this moment.”Ten Hag’s reaction comes after we revealed Man Utd’s players fear Erik ten Hag has now resigned himself to the sack at the end of the season.A number of Red Devils stars have noticed a change in the demeanour of the Dutch boss in recent weeks.Most read in FootballThat came after new part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe refused to deliver a public vote of confidence.Worse still, ten Hag lost an ally in John Murtough who left his role as Director of Football last week.Man Utd fans demand Wayne Rooney’s ‘English Messi’ son Kai, 14, given contract now after shock footage emergesThat follows the departure of Chief Executive Richard Arnold and it was those two who were behind the appointment of Ten Hag after flying to Amsterdam to interview him.Now Dan Ashworth is coming in from Newcastle to take on Murtough’s role with Jason Wilcox arriving from Southampton as Technical Director.CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSWilly Kambwala wants to become rock at the back for Man Utd… but Erik ten Hag probably won’t be around to see itBy Ken Lawrence
    ERIK TEN HAG insists he is still the right man to take Manchester United forward.
    The Dutchman believes he can recapture their former glories, despite escaping for the second time in a row what could have been humiliation by Liverpool at the weekend.
    And teen Willy Kambwala revealed his “passion” is to become a rock at the heart of United’s defence after making just his second start of the season against their bitter rivals.
    United trailed 1-0 at half-time on Sunday but fought back to take a 2-1 lead before Mo Salah’s 84th-minute equaliser from the penalty spot.
    Ten Hag was pleased with the second-half performance, declaring it “another signal and message for the future,” before adding, “the team and squad have high potential.”
    Yet the Old Trafford chief sounds more and more like he has his finger stuck in a leaky dyke and does not think it is going to hold.
    Comeback or not, United still threw away a lead for the third time in eight days following their 4-3 defeat to Chelsea and 1-1 draw with Brentford — both deep into injury time.
    And his body language suggests he expects to be crossing it to go back to Holland with his P45 this summer
    Click here to read Ken Lawrence’s comment piece in full.
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    Ten Hag said: “I think it’s very important that the new ownership is working on this, to replace his function, to go into a new season.“For the moment, of course, I miss his support, the surround support, you miss that. He has moved on, we worked very good together, I say thank you to John and wish him all the best for the future.”Tuchel showed why he could be the perfect man for Man Utd, says Andy DillonBy Andy Dillon
    TOMMY TUCHEL could not have done it better had he submitted his CV to LinkedIn or Indeed.
    Somehow mustering some gumption from the worst Bayern Munich team in more than a decade to stop a rampant Arsenal dead in their tracks is a spectacular job advert for a manager soon to be looking for work.
    If Sir Jim Ratcliffe wasn’t watching from his Old Trafford office or from the cinema room in one of his tax havens, he should have been.
    They may have even sat up and taken notice in Newcastle or in the owners’ Riyadh hub as Tuchel reminded everyone of his credentials as a top-level coach with devilish timing.
    If change is coming then Tuchel is playing a trump card.
    His side turned up and cowed the team that, as far as the current Premier League goes, is the best in England.
    It may only add to the questions around Tuchel that after tossing away the only league easier to win than Scotland’s or Spain’s, Munich have sprung to life in Europe.
    After 11 years unopposed as German champions, Chelsea’s former manager has chucked it in at home in a remarkable act of ineptitude. But freak years can happen.
    Tuchel is an enigma. But that is part of the appeal as much as winning the Champions League with Chelsea just three months after taking the job.
    With no new signings, he took a team that had lost five of the previous ten games and turned them into European Champions.
    With Ratcliffe considering swingeing budget cuts at Old Trafford, a coach who can perform wonders on peanuts would be music to his ears.
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    How Arteta and Xabi Alonso went from best friends as kids to footy’s top managers, as coach says Arsenal boss was BETTER

    THEY are the two hottest young bosses in Europe — the schoolboy soulmates standing on the verge of history.A pair of amigos whose footballing path began as kickabout pals on the beaches of San Sebastian and has every chance of ending in title-winning triumph.Mikel Arteta and Xabi Alonso were in the same youth clubCredit: PAAlonso is set to make history with Bayer LeverkusenCredit: GettyThe pair played for Antiguoko when they were ten years oldIn North London, Mikel Arteta is driving Arsenal ever closer to being crowned kings of the Premier League after a two-decade drought.And nearly 400 miles away, Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen could become Bundesliga champions for the first time on Sunday.It is a remarkable story for the Basque buddies and the tiny Spanish youth club Antiguoko, where they formed the midfield heartbeat as ten-year-olds.And their former coach, Roberto Montiel, is bursting with pride over his two prize graduates.READ MORE FOOTBALL NEWSMontiel, now vice-president of the amateur club with no adult team, said: “Mikel always played ahead of his age group and showed a lot of maturity despite being a little boy. Right away, we knew he could make it at a professional level.“He’s the best player I have ever seen at Antiguoko, better even than Alonso, and I think he had the idea of being a coach a long time before he hung up his boots.“Arteta would watch me coach some of the teams and afterwards bombard me with ideas and suggestions of how to change things around!“He was still only young but I could see he was engineering the idea of coaching.Most read in FootballCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERS“I would laugh because he’d tell me where my team was failing and  where I had to use the scalpel to make changes!”While Arteta’s destiny seemed predestined, it was not as immediately obvious with Alonso.Xabi Alonso announces he will stay at Bayer Leverkusen after showdown talks with clubMontiel added: “Xabi was a small lad, who didn’t bulk up until the Under-17s.“But he organised play very well and was a commanding presence without being very bossy.“He was a bit introverted but transformed when on the pitch. He was never someone who needed to shout a lot — a few words was all it took.“But he was always highly respected and when Xabi said something, everyone respected it.”Mikel’s best player I have ever seen at Antiguoko, better even than Alonso.Roberto MontielMontiel remains close to both Antiguoko’s star pupils.And the sell-on windfall from Alonso’s sale to Liverpool from Real Sociedad in 2004 paid for a new clubhouse.Montiel reckons there is something unique about the club that also produced Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola.He said: “I think it’s because of the demands we put on them as kids, from a very young age.“It is a culture where they never surrender — Antiguoko is a school of life.”How Xabi Alonso transformed Bayer LeverkusenBayer Leverkusen are the story of European football this season after being transformed by Xabi Alonso. CHARLIE WYETT looks at this stunning turnaround at the BayArena.
    FROM RELEGATION BATTLERS TO CHAMPIONS-IN-WAITING, IS THIS ALL DOWN TO ALONSO?In a nutshell, yes. He was appointed on October 5, 2022 when Leverkusen were second from bottom in the Bundesliga with five points from their opening eight games but incredibly, they ended up finishing sixth.Now, they are 16 points clear of Bayern with six games left.WHAT ARE HIS TACTICS?A hallmark of Alonso teams is a commitment to a fast-paced approach. With the ball, he likes to dominate possession and play in compact triangles but, a bit like Jurgen Klopp, he likes to get the ball up early into the final third.This season, 3-4-2-1 has become his preferred formation, with three centre-backs, wing-backs, a double-pivot in midfield and three forward players.WHAT ABOUT HIS TRANSFER BUSINESS?All eyes in Germany last summer were on Harry Kane’s arrival at Bayern Munich but Leverkusen delivered some clever work in the transfer market.They lost last season’s 14-goal top scorer Moussa Diaby to Aston Villa for £43million but spent the money wisely.Granit Xhaka arrived from Arsenal and is known as The King. Germany winger Jonas Hofmann joined for just £8.5m and left-back Alejandro Grimaldo was snapped up from Benfica on a free tranfer.Victor Boniface, top scorer in last season’s Europa League with six goals, signed from Union Saint-Gilloise for just £17.2m.SO WHAT ARE LEVERKUSEN’S STRENGTHS?They have been scintillating up front. Attacking midfielder Florian Wirtz, 20, has been outstanding, along with Xhaka, centre-back Jonathan Tah and joint top-scorer at Euro 2020 Patrik Schick.Nigerian Boniface was a huge success until his injury at the Africa Cup of Nations but he has just returned.WHAT WAS THE REACTION WHEN ALONSO CONFIRMED HE WOULD STAY FOR NEXT SEASON?As you would expect, the club’s fans — fearing their manager was off to Liverpool or Bayern Munich — were absolutely delighted. But inside the club there was not much surprise.Sporting director Simon Rolfes enjoys a great relationship with Alonso, who earns £5m-a-year.DID HE EXPECT TO DOTHIS WELL?In his first press conference of the season, Alonso was asked whether he was aiming for the Bundesliga title. He surprised the journalists by saying: “August is not the time to speak about medals but let’s see in May . . . ”WHO WILL THEY SELL NEXT?The club have a remarkable record of nurturing and selling top talent, including Kai Havertz (Chelsea) and Son Heung-min (Tottenham).Now, it looks as though Wirtz could be next, although he would cost over £100m. Arsenal full-back target Jeremie Frimpong, 23, has a £34m release clause. More

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    Erik Ten Hag prevented from calling up Man Utd wonderkid, 18, to solve defensive crisis due to little-known rule

    MANCHESTER UNITED babe Sonny Aljofree has missed out on a dream place in Erik Ten Hag’s squad because of a little-known loan ruling.The home-grown defender skippers Red Devils’ Under-21s in Premier League 2 and Ten Hag would have liked to use him with all United’s recent injury problems.Sonny Aljofree is on dual registration with National League AltrinchamCredit: GettyOld Trafford insiders revealed Aljofree would have been on the bench at least and might even have started the FA Cup clash with Liverpool.But the 19-year-old has been on a joint registration deal with  National League side Altrincham since February 1.That means Aljofree — son of former Swindon and Dundee player Hasney — can play for United’s U21 side but is ineligible for the first team.Another 19-year-old, French defender Willy Kambwala, has made six Prem appearances.READ MORE MAN UTD NEWSAnd Habeeb Ogunneye, 18,  was on the bench for the Liverpool Cup tie, then partnered Aljofree in the U21s against West Brom a day later.Ironically, United were one of the first clubs to use the joint loan system, with a handful of players at non-league clubs while training with their parent club during the rest of the week.But in Aljofree’s case, they have found the down side is the player cannot appear in the senior team.Meanwhile, United’s bid to bring in Chelsea’s chief analyst Kyle Macaulay may hinge on a swoop for former Blues boss Graham Potter.Most read in FootballMacaulay and Potter worked together at Swedish side Ostersunds, Swansea and Brighton before teaming up again at Stamford Bridge.United want Macaulay as part of their new set-up.But sources close to the Scot say he would only be tempted if Potter is in charge. Meet Man Utd’s next big things, the Ibragimov brothers, as ALL THREE kids score for academy teams over Easter weekendTuchel showed why he could be the perfect man for Man Utd, says Andy DillonBy Andy Dillon

    TOMMY TUCHEL could not have done it better had he submitted his CV to LinkedIn or Indeed.
    Somehow mustering some gumption from the worst Bayern Munich team in more than a decade to stop a rampant Arsenal dead in their tracks is a spectacular job advert for a manager soon to be looking for work.
    If Sir Jim Ratcliffe wasn’t watching from his Old Trafford office or from the cinema room in one of his tax havens, he should have been.
    They may have even sat up and taken notice in Newcastle or in the owners’ Riyadh hub as Tuchel reminded everyone of his credentials as a top-level coach with devilish timing.
    If change is coming then Tuchel is playing a trump card.
    His side turned up and cowed the team that, as far as the current Premier League goes, is the best in England.
    It may only add to the questions around Tuchel that after tossing away the only league easier to win than Scotland’s or Spain’s, Munich have sprung to life in Europe.
    After 11 years unopposed as German champions, Chelsea’s former manager has chucked it in at home in a remarkable act of ineptitude. But freak years can happen.
    Tuchel is an enigma. But that is part of the appeal as much as winning the Champions League with Chelsea just three months after taking the job.
    With no new signings, he took a team that had lost five of the previous ten games and turned them into European Champions.
    With Ratcliffe considering swingeing budget cuts at Old Trafford, a coach who can perform wonders on peanuts would be music to his ears.
    Click here to ready Andy’s column in full.
    Or to read more from Andy Dillon, click here.

    And John Murtough is already looking for a new club after leaving Old Trafford in a shake-up this week.United’s former football director does not plan to be out of work for long and has even been a target for agents  looking to represent him. More

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    Marcus Rashford to STAY at Man Utd as PSG show no interest whatsoever in pushing through transfer to Paris

    MARCUS RASHFORD’S future is at Old Trafford — after Paris Saint- Germain made it clear they have NO interest in signing he struggling frontman.Rashford, 26, has been linked with a PSG move as a replacement for Kylian Mbappe, who is destined for a Real Madrid switch.Marcus Rashford played the whole of Man Utd’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth but is struggling to regain his best formCredit: GettyThe Manchester United academy product, 26, only signed a £325,000-a-week agreement until 2028 last summer.And sources have told SunSport that PSG believe the talk was only used to improve the terms of his contract offer.A source said: “PSG have never been interested in signing Marcus.“And given his struggles on and off the pitch this season, they have given it no consideration at all. He will not be moving to PSG.READ MORE MAN UTD NEWS“He might benefit from the noise around a possible transfer going away so he can concentrate on reigniting his United career.”The England ace played all of Saturday’s 2-2 Premier League draw at Bournemouth.But he once more struggled to make a real impact – let alone match his sizzling form of last season.Two equalisers from Bruno Fernandes, including a controversial penalty, rescued the Red Devils.Most read in FootballBut the fortunate point was United’s fourth Prem game in a row without a win.And they now sit seventh, 10 points off the top four.Paul Merson rules one team OUT of Premier League title race as Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City’s three-way fight hots upBoss Erik Ten Hag said: “We have to win our games and we have dropped too many unnecessary points in the last few games.”But he praised the key influence of Fernandes in another match where United lacked threat in attack.The Dutchman said: “Scoring twice, very creative, it’s true he gives a lot of energy to the team. “He is acting as a captain, bringing the energy and we are very pleased with this.”Tuchel showed why he could be the perfect man for Man Utd, says Andy DillonBy Andy Dillon
    TOMMY TUCHEL could not have done it better had he submitted his CV to LinkedIn or Indeed.
    Somehow mustering some gumption from the worst Bayern Munich team in more than a decade to stop a rampant Arsenal dead in their tracks is a spectacular job advert for a manager soon to be looking for work.
    If Sir Jim Ratcliffe wasn’t watching from his Old Trafford office or from the cinema room in one of his tax havens, he should have been.
    They may have even sat up and taken notice in Newcastle or in the owners’ Riyadh hub as Tuchel reminded everyone of his credentials as a top-level coach with devilish timing.
    If change is coming then Tuchel is playing a trump card.
    His side turned up and cowed the team that, as far as the current Premier League goes, is the best in England.
    It may only add to the questions around Tuchel that after tossing away the only league easier to win than Scotland’s or Spain’s, Munich have sprung to life in Europe.
    After 11 years unopposed as German champions, Chelsea’s former manager has chucked it in at home in a remarkable act of ineptitude. But freak years can happen.
    Tuchel is an enigma. But that is part of the appeal as much as winning the Champions League with Chelsea just three months after taking the job.
    With no new signings, he took a team that had lost five of the previous ten games and turned them into European Champions.
    With Ratcliffe considering swingeing budget cuts at Old Trafford, a coach who can perform wonders on peanuts would be music to his ears.
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    ‘Forever in HIS debt’ – Emotional Ryan Reynolds in heartwarming tweet to fan as Wrexham earn promotion to League One

    EMOTIONAL Ryan Reynolds sent a heartwarming tweet to a die-hard Wrexham fan, following the club’s promotion to League One. The Welsh club went up in style following a 6-0 thrashing of Forest Green Rovers.Wrexham owner Ryan Reynolds shared an emotional tweet with a fan on XNeil, your dad knew many years ago what Rob and I – and the rest of the world – are only recently discovering. Wrexham is indeed magic. We are in HIS debt and many thousands of supporters like him. https://t.co/WQcJPVeP4p— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 13, 2024

    After the game, Red Dragons super fan Neil James shared an emotional tweet, accompanied with a picture of his late father.He wrote on X: “Literally back to where we were robbed of! @VancityReynolds @RMcElhenney the town are forever in your debt but @thehumphreyker you will always be our true hero for picking us!”Absolutely gutted my dad can’t be here to witness this after the miles we put in over the years.”Upon seeing the tweet, Reynolds felt obliged to reply.He wrote back: “Neil, your dad knew many years ago what Rob and I – and the rest of the world – are only recently discovering. Wrexham is indeed magic. We are in HIS debt and many thousands of supporters like him.”Reynolds was left in tears after Wrexham achieved promotion to League One on Saturday.Wrexham romped their way to League One with a 6-0 thrashing of Forest Green Rovers before wild scenes broke out in Wales.While the dominant victory on its own was not enough to achieve promotion, MK Dons’ 4-1 defeat at the hands of Mansfield meant Wrexham’s League One spot was confirmed.Most read in FootballThe announcement that MK Dons had lost sparked jubilant scenes and a pitch invasion.Reacting to Wrexham’s second promotion in two years, Hollywood owner Reynolds posted to X saying: “A few years ago, if you told me I would be crying tears of joy over a football match taking place in North Wales, you would be Rob McElhenney.Inside Wrexham’s wild dressing room celebrations as stars scoff Madri on pitch and Ryan Reynolds reduced to tears”Congrats to Wrexham and to my co-chairman in crime. Double up the town! This is the ride of our lives.”Co-owner McElhenney expressed his regret that he could not be in Wales to witness the promotion in person, and said the time away from the club to film in Hollywood was “killing him”.CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSHe has since posted on X to celebrate his club’s promotion, tweeting Wrexham’s stadium announcer to say: “Hey @m_griffiths92 noticed you’re reading tweets. My son and I just wanted to say hi from Los Angeles. Quite a lovely day, huh? #askwxm”He then quoted a post from the club celebrating promotion saying: “No words ❤️”How Ryan Reynolds has been watching Wrexham games in styleCO-OWNER Ryan Reynolds hasn’t been able to make it to Wrexham in recent weeks due to filming commitments.
    But that hasn’t stopped him from watching his team in style.
    Streaming the match on a laptop or even a TV was not grand enough for the Deadpool star as he worked on the set of his latest movie.
    With a giant green screen behind him, he could not resist broadcasting Wrexham’s recent game on to the huge projector.
    Reynolds and his crew watched on as the Welsh side notched their 23rd win of the season against Crawley Town.
    He looked enamoured as the game played on behind him while surrounding by various pieces of Hollywood machinery.
    And Reynolds captioned the moment: “Watching the Wrexham game at work: new level unlocked.”
    It’s not clear what project Reynolds was working on at the time, with the actor currently developing several new movies including sequels to smash hits Free Guy and Red Notice. More