Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United started off with a bang. The Red Devils secured a remarkable 4-1 win over Newcastle that day, with the Portuguese striker scoring a brace. Since that dream debut, United have only won two from seven matches, playing some of the worst football they've displayed in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era. Questions continue to persist regarding Solskjaer's future, but the problems at United lie far deeper than the manager himself. Here is a tactical analysis of United's tactical follies in the post-Ronaldo era.
Matchday 4 of the 2021-22 Premier League season will forever be remembered as the day Cristiano Ronaldo made his return to Manchester United, and scored a brace in his first match back. But many more BIG things happened this weekend, including Crystal Palace thumping table toppers Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal picking up a big win in their relegation six-pointer against Norwich, and City continuing their impressive clean sheet run with a 1-0 win over Leicester. Here is our tactical review of Matchday 4.
The international break is over! John and Declan managed to escape Brazilian police to bring you this preview ahead of the weekend's matches, discussing everything Cristiano Ronaldo upon his return to Old Trafford, the debut of a fun new game called Phonebook, and a starting 11 of the best valued transfers of the summer window!
After the Premier League's third week of action, the band is back together as Rhys and Kausty are joined by Dawar Aziz to discuss all things Chelsea vs. Liverpool and that awful Arsenal performance against Manchester City. The lads also give their opinion on Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to Manchester United, and what it might mean for Mason Greenwood moving forward.
The defending champions Portugal came into Euro 2020 on a high. Boasting one of the best attacking lineups of any European nation at the tournament, they were among the favourites to clinch Europe's most prestigious national trophy, despite being in group F, a group which comprised of current World Champions France as well as Europe's most successful footballing nation, Germany. It was eventually dubbed the group of death and that promise definitely didn't disappoint.
The stage is set, and the Puskas Arena will be the venue for another round of rivalry between the defending champions of the European Championships Portugal and the current world champions France. The French will be hoping to cause the Portuguese a heartbreak of the same gravitas which they themselves suffered from the finals defeat in 2016, making this all the more an intriguing encounter.
ttacking goal looked to spell doom for the home team. But the German machines had other plans, as Portugal's goal only sparked new life in reinvigorating them. From then on they went all out on the attack, and this time with more intension and nerve-wracking intensity. It was a display which every German will be proud of, and now with both sides having their sights set on their final group fixtures, we bring you four things to note from this encounter.
Portugal will be looking to book their spot in the knockout round of the UEFA European Championship with a game to spare when they take on Germany in Munich on Saturday evening.
Rhys is joined by a brand new set of panelists to discuss the events from the Euros between June 14th and 16th, including Italy's dominance at the tournament so far, France's commanding victory over Germany, Ronaldo's record breaking goal haul and much, much more. Follow @futbolmasterminds on Instagram to see more of the show and subscribe via Itunes and Spotify!
In what appeared to be a game that kept every sport loving fan at the edge of their seat, the 3 nil scoreline definitely does not tell the whole story of the game. It was a game that begged for a moment of brilliance, and it took Borussia Dortmund's left back Raphael Guerrero latching on to a deflected cross from Rafa Silva, for the flood gates of goals to open. With Portugal now having one foot in the knockout phase, we bring you five things to note from the encounter.