Edinson Cavani is showing Manchester United's younger players how to successfully prolong their careers, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

The 33-year-old joined United on a free transfer on deadline day in October, having left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

Cavani has scored three Premier League goals for United after coming off the bench, claiming two in last weekend's dramatic 3-2 win at Southampton. 

The striker, who also set up Bruno Fernandes to score at St Mary's Stadium, is averaging a goal involvement every 32 minutes in the top flight and his cameo last week helped United to a club-record eighth away league win in a row.

He was also the oldest player to make his debut for United (at 33 years, 253 days) since Zlatan Ibrahimovic (34 years, 316 days) in 2016.

Alongside other recent acquisitions like Fernandes, Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles, Solskjaer believes Cavani can be the perfect role model for the United players near the start of their careers.

"Last season we were the youngest team in the Premier League and have been looking at ways to improve the squad," he said ahead of United's Premier League clash with West Ham on Saturday.

"With the signings of Bruno, Donny, Alex and Edinson, the balance of the squad has been improved.

"[Cavani] is a different type of centre-forward. He can play a different way and with his experience in world football, he's come in and shown the young lads how to live your life and make your career last."

Since Fernandes' Premier League debut for United on February 1, the Red Devils have earned more Premier League points per game than any other side (2.09). 

The 48 points they have amassed in their 23 league games since his arrival is 17 more than they earned in the same number of games before his debut (31).

Despite this, Solskajer's side are often accused of being inconsistent, with a recent four-game winning streak bookended by defeats to Arsenal in the league, and Istanbul Basaksehir and Paris Saint-Germain in Europe.

The Norwegian rejects those claims, though, believing his team do not always get the results their positive displays deserve. 

"It depends on how many games you want to go back," he responded when asked if United were too inconsistent.

"We've played some fantastic games and if you go 40 games back we're one of the most consistent teams in the Premier League.

"You're disappointed when you lose and it's fine margins at times that decide if you win or lose. The PSG game was miles better than West Brom [United won 1-0], but you don't get three points against PSG.

"We're getting less bad performances and getting more consistent. You can never control the result in the end; that's decided by fine margins."

Marcus Rashford was substituted after 74 minutes of United's 3-1 Champions League defeat to PSG in midweek with a shoulder injury, but Solskjaer remains hopeful he will be in the squad for the trip to London. 

"Marcus has been training this morning, not fully but he joined in with the group," he said. 

"His shoulder stopped him finishing the game so he's been getting treatment and hopefully he'll be part of the squad that travels. We'll see after training."

Harry Maguire claimed Manchester United's belief that they can fight back from behind to win away games shows confidence is high at the club.

United have found themselves trailing in all four of their games on the road in the Premier League this season, against Brighton and Hove Albion, Newcastle, Everton and Southampton.

However, the Red Devils have battled back to win take three points from each match and the 12 collected from those games is more from losing positions in this campaign than any other Premier League team have accrued.

It has been in stark contrast to their home league form – one win, a draw and three defeats – which has seen increased scrutiny on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United head to West Ham on Saturday on the back of another Old Trafford loss – against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League – but captain Maguire revealed morale is good in the squad despite the setback.

"Our home form hasn't been good enough, but our away form has been really good. We've shown great spirit," Maguire told United's official website.

"It's an amazing away run we've been on. We've been losing in all four away matches [we have won this season], which is an incredible stat.

"It shows the spirit and the character in the group. We never give in and always fight to the end and we’ve scored some late winners."

West Ham have won their last two Premier League home games against United, but they have not won three in a row at home against the Red Devils in the top-flight since a run of four between January 1974 and December 1977.

After a run of 11 wins and one draw in 12 Premier League games against the Hammers between 2008 and 2014, United have won just three of their last 11 against the Hammers in the competition (drawn five, lost three).

United centre-back Maguire added: "Our confidence is high, even after a defeat to PSG, where we felt like the performance was there but the game was decided on fine margins.

"We know it's going to be a tough game but we go there trying to get the three points. Every game we play, we have a great incentive to go and win. We're confident.

"The home form hasn't been great and we need to improve on that but now it's another game where we try and get three points and that's what we'll look at it as."

Edinson Cavani can be the catalyst for Manchester United's revival, according to former Everton star Tim Cahill.

The 33-year-old joined United on a free transfer on deadline day in October, having left Paris Saint-Germain as the Ligue 1 champions' all-time leading goalscorer with 200.

Cavani has scored three Premier League goals for United after coming off the bench and netting twice against Southampton last Sunday, including the 92nd-minute winner.

The striker, who also set up Bruno Fernandes to score at St. Mary's Stadium, is averaging a goal involvement every 32 minutes in the league and his cameo last week helped United to a club-record eighth away league win in a row.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side followed up that comeback victory with a loss to Cavani's former club Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday to leave Champions League Group H finely poised with one game to go.

United's struggles in the Premier League have been more marked and they sit ninth ahead of Saturday's trip to West Ham, but Cahill thinks the Red Devils can thrive if they give Cavani the service he needs.

"He's a striker who can finish, but, at the same time, to come on [against Southampton], assist, score two goals and have the prowess Manchester United need – he pretty much turned that game on its head," Cahill told Sky Sports.

"He's a big, influential player. He has instincts, but it's not always just [to get onto] the first ball, it's the second ball. Even when you see him score off a shot that was going off target, he was there to head it in.

"He's always proactive, not reactive, and onto things. I love seeing that glancing header because it's awkward, the timing of the run and the way he's glanced at it – he doesn't need to look at the goal because he knows where it is.

"But even earlier on, when he's had a few glimpses this season, you can see the danger [he poses] – now he just needs the service.

"The influence he has so quickly when he comes on, and you see defenders give him a little bit of room – even though he's older. I think it says a lot about his presence from what he's done before. He's a big, big influence on that team."

Cavani became the first United player since Solskjaer in 1999 to have at least three goal involvements as a substitute in a single Premier League game in the 3-2 win over Saints.

He was also the oldest player to make his debut for United (at 33 years, 253 days) since Zlatan Ibrahimovic (34 years, 316 days) in 2016.

Neymar has sparked speculation over Lionel Messi's future.

Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar enjoyed a successful period alongside Messi at Barcelona before leaving in a world-record deal in 2017.

Now, Neymar wants to team up with Messi again.

 

TOP STORY – MBAPPE OUT, MESSI IN?

Paris Saint-Germain will have to sell Kylian Mbappe if they sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, according to Diario AS.

Messi has been linked with a move to Ligue 1 champions PSG after former Barca forward Neymar expressed his desire to reunite with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

If Manchester City target Messi arrives in the French capital, it could send Mbappe closer to LaLiga champions Real Madrid.

 

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- Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has not ruled leaving the Spanish giants, reports El Transistor. Ramos is out of contract at the end of the season and he has been linked with PSG, Juventus, Milan and Manchester United.

Mauricio Pochettino has been contacted by Madrid to replace under-fire head coach Zinedine Zidane, claims Sport. Pochettino, who has been out of work since he was sacked as Tottenham boss last year, has also been linked to United.

- Diario AS says Atletico Madrid are lining up a January bid for Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik. The Poland international has been frozen out since making it clear he will not re-sign with the Serie A side. Tottenham, Everton and Roma have also emerged as possible destinations.

Romelu Lukaku is on Pep Guardiola's shortlist of forwards at City but Inter insist the Belgian star is non-transferable, according to Calciomercato.

- The Telegraph reports Chelsea's plan to sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice rests on the success of off-season recruit Ben Chilwell.

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has once again given his full backing to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and said the club's long-term plans are with the Norwegian in mind.

Solskjaer is approaching the two-year anniversary of his appointment as United boss, initially on a caretaker basis, but his position has regularly been called into question during that time.

He came under particular scrutiny following defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir in quick succession last month, but Woodward stated at the time United remain "absolutely committed" to the former striker.

Woodward remains pleased with the Red Devils' progress under Solskjaer but acknowledged there is room for improvement, with United ninth in the Premier League and not yet assured of a spot in the Champions League last 16 heading into the final matchday in Group H.

Speaking at a virtual fans' forum at the end of November, the minutes for which were published on Thursday, Woodward said: "What happens on the field is clearly our top priority.

"While it's not the same without fans in the stadium, we've seen lots of highs since our last meeting in April.

"We had a 14-game unbeaten run to finish third in last season's Premier League run and great wins against PSG and RB Leipzig on our return to the Champions League this season.

"Of course, we recognise there's more hard work ahead to achieve the consistency needed to win trophies.

"But we see positive signs on the pitch and the training ground that reinforce our belief in the progress being made by Ole, his coaching team and the players."

United missed out on rumoured top target and Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho during the close season but still strengthened their squad with the signings of Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and free agent Edinson Cavani.

The Red Devils also brought in Bruno Fernandes last January, the Portugal playmaker proving to be a massive hit since arriving for a rumoured upfront fee of £47million.

However, the January window is notorious for being difficult to negotiate with other clubs and Woodward suggested United are not in the market for any new players next month.

"I told this forum back in April that we remained committed to strengthening the squad, while being disciplined in our spending during the pandemic," he said.

"I believe we've delivered on that, with the additions we made during the summer taking our total net spending to over €200m since the summer of 2019 - more than any other major European club over that period. 

"We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows."

Woodward, a board member of the European Club Association, also distanced United from rumours they are interested in joining a breakaway league consisting of Europe's biggest clubs.

"Most of my time in this regard is focused, through the ECA and the UCCSA [a joint-venture between the ECA and UEFA], on the strengthening of existing UEFA club competitions," he said.

"The dialogue focuses on them continuing to be predominantly mid-week games having little or no impact on the Premier League.

"We believe that any changes to European competition post-2024 must be complementary to thriving domestic leagues. Other domestic leagues feel the same way, reflected in conversation with our counterparts in other clubs and countries.

"What I can assure you of is that we will keep match-going fans firmly in the centre of thoughts, whether with the Premier League, ECA or UEFA, and across our decision-making processes overall.

"The past eight months has reminded us all of just how crucial you are to the fabric of the game. This game without fans is nothing."

Is Zinedine Zidane's second spell in charge of Real Madrid coming to an end?

Zidane guided Madrid to three successive Champions League titles in his first stint, and last season's LaLiga crown after returning to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2019.

But the Los Blancos great is under mounting pressure amid the club's struggles this season.

 

TOP STORY – ZIDANE IN DANGER

Mauricio Pochettino and Raul are waiting in the wings to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, according to widespread reports in Spain.

Madrid head coach Zidane is in danger of losing his job following Tuesday's Champions League loss to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Los Blancos have suffered back-to-back defeats and three in their past five outings across all competitions to be seven points adrift in LaLiga and on the cusp of Champions League elimination.

Thursday's Mundo Deportivo, Diario AS and Sport report former Tottenham boss Pochettino and Madrid Castilla coach Raul are eyeing the hot seat.

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- Calciomercato claims the race to sign Rennes and France sensation Eduardo Camavinga is down to Madrid and Manchester United. Serie A champions Juventus had also been linked, though there has been talk of Paul Pogba returning to Turin after leaving for Old Trafford in 2016.

- Bayern Munich star David Alaba is hoping to strike a January agreement with Chelsea, according to Fabrizio Romano's 'Here We Go Podcast'. Alaba is a free agent at the end of the season and he has been linked to the likes of Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Juventus have shown an interest in Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti, according to Calciomercato. Arsenal's Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic are also on the shortlist.

Madrid are eyeing Benfica forward Darwin Nunez, reports Calciomercato. The Uruguay international has also caught the attention of LaLiga rivals Barca.

- What does the future hold for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland? Heavily linked to United, Madrid, Liverpool, PSG and even Barca, Calciomercato says Juve are monitoring the Norwegian closely.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Fred's tackle that saw him sent off was "nowhere near a foul" but said the midfielder may have been lucky earlier.

Fred was sent off in the second half of United's 3-1 Champions League loss at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

The Brazilian was booked in the first half for an apparent headbutt on Leandro Paredes, before getting his second yellow card after appearing to win the ball ahead of Ander Herrera.

Fred conceded four fouls but his eight possessions gained were the equal most at Old Trafford despite seeing red with 20 minutes remaining.

Solskjaer lamented the decision that saw the midfielder sent off, although admitted he may have been fortunate earlier.

"We spoke to him at half-time – and be sensible – and I thought he was. I thought he played really well," he told a news conference.

"I thought he was very, very sensible in the second half and he covers the ground, he gets up to men without trying to tackle. The ball that he actually gets a yellow card for though, the tackle, that's nowhere near a foul. So, if you see that again, that's a mistake by the referee.

"But that's also human error, it's allowed. You can't, I can't sit there and complain about that now. I thought Fred was unlucky there, but he was probably lucky enough to come off for the first half."

Neymar's brace and Marquinhos' goal was enough to move PSG onto nine points, alongside United and RB Leipzig, in Group H.

Marcus Rashford had equalised for United in the first half, becoming the first player to score in all three home games for the club in a single group stage in the Champions League since Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2004-05.

Solskjaer was pleased with the forward, who has scored more goals in five Champions League games this season (six) than he managed in 18 appearances in the competition across his previous two campaigns.

"He's really taken to that role really well. And he's certainly giving us threat down the side, penetration, crosses, finishes. I've been very pleased with Marcus on there," he said.

"I know sometimes a right-footed striker would like to play on the left to come inside and score goals, but he's proving very efficient from the right side as well.

"And through the middle, he's played through the middle this season, as well, really well. So he's developing really well into the top forward for us."

Rashford was substituted with 16 minutes remaining and Solskjaer revealed the England international is struggling with a shoulder problem ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to West Ham.

"It's just niggling him, that shoulder injury," Solskjaer told BT Sport. "Let's see how quickly he can recover. Let's hope he can be ready for the West Ham game. But we don't know."

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel insisted the French giants have not achieved anything after boosting their Champions League qualification hopes by defeating Manchester United 3-1.

A Neymar brace and Marquinhos' goal placed United's last-16 progression on hold, while putting last season's runners-up PSG in control of their own destiny heading into the sixth and final matchday in Group H.

Neymar opened the scoring inside six minutes at Old Trafford on Wednesday before United star Marcus Rashford scored in his third successive Champions League appearance against PSG.

After Anthony Martial wasted a gilt-edged opportunity and former PSG forward Edinson Cavani rattled the crossbar, it all went pear-shaped for United – who watched Marquinhos bundle the ball over the line with 21 minutes remaining and saw Fred receive a second yellow card moments later.

Neymar added gloss to the scoreline in the first minute of stoppage time as PSG joined United and RB Leipzig on nine points with one fixture remaining – Tuchel's side only require a draw against Istanbul Basaksehir to secure a place in the knockout stages.

But Tuchel urged calm post-match, telling RMC Sport: "Nearly qualified, is not qualified. Nearly pregnant, is not being pregnant. That does not exist, I am not going to let a single guy think that everything has been done.

"We have made a big step forward but I am not going to let a single guy think that we are already qualified.

"We need to make the last step and for that, we will need to play with the same mentality, the same fire and the same spirit."

PSG have won both of their last two away matches against English opposition in all competitions (both versus United) – they had only won one of their first 10 such visits prior (drawn four and lost five).

Since his Champions League debut in 2013, only Cristiano Ronaldo (79), Robert Lewandowski (60) and Lionel Messi (59) have more goals in the competition than Neymar (38).

Neymar's double in Manchester was the Brazilian's first goals in his six Champions League games away to English sides.

"We can be proud tonight," PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi told RMC Sport. "We showed the real PSG, a real team who is fighting for the Champions League. It was important for us, this was a decisive match.

"We needed to show that we are always present in the big moments. I am proud of my players. It was difficult, it was a match that everyone wanted to win, I think that we created goals.

"Now we need to continue, we are not yet qualified, that is our aim. We also have the Ligue 1 match with Montpellier."

Cristiano Ronaldo thanked "players, coaches and loyal opponents" after the Juventus star scored the 750th goal of his remarkable career.

Ronaldo reached the milestone with a simple finish 57 minutes into Juve's 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in their Champions League Group G clash on Wednesday.

It was his 75th across all competitions for Juve, who Ronaldo joined from Real Madrid – where he scored 450 goals – in 2018.

The 35-year-old, a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, reached that mammoth total for Madrid in just 438 matches across all competitions, following his then world-record move from Manchester United in 2009.

During his six-year stint at Old Trafford, he scored 118 times for the Red Devils.

Ronaldo, who recently surpassed the 100-goal mark for Portugal, becoming only the second male footballer to reach a century at international level after Iran's Ali Daei, is comfortably Madrid's all-time leading scorer, with 127 more goals than Los Blancos legend Raul, whose haul came from 741 appearances.

Despite missing several weeks of the campaign after testing positive for coronavirus, Ronaldo has been in fine form this season, having netted eight times from just four Serie A starts, though his strike against Dynamo was only his second in the Champions League this term.

Following his landmark achievement, Ronaldo used his official Twitter account to thank not only his team-mates and coaches – he has worked under the likes of Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane – but also his opponents.

"750 goals, 750 happy moments, 750 smiles in the faces of our supporters," he wrote. 

"Thank you to all the players and coaches that helped me reach this amazing number, thank you to all my loyal opponents that made me work harder and harder everyday."

Ronaldo will now set his sights on goal 751 when Juve take on Torino on Saturday – he has scored three goals from his four Serie A appearances against the Bianconeri's city rivals.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue missed opportunities as Manchester United failed to take the chance to book their place in the Champions League last 16.

Two goals from Neymar either side of Marquinhos' third Champions League goal since the competition resumed in August handed Paris Saint-Germain a 3-1 win at Old Trafford.

In a thrilling contest, Marcus Rashford had cancelled out Neymar's opener, with the forward scoring for a third straight Champions League match against PSG, becoming only the second Englishman to net six goals in a group-stage campaign, behind Tottenham star Harry Kane.

Rashford's strike, which took a wicked deflection off Danilo Pereira, was one of 12 attempts United managed in total – one less than PSG's tally – though the hosts could only get five on target.

Anthony Martial was guilty of a glaring miss early in the second half before PSG's record goalscorer Edinson Cavani struck the crossbar against his former club.

Fred should have been sent off in the first half, though his second booking just after Marquinhos had made it 2-1 to PSG saw United reduced to 10 men.

With United's comeback hopes severely dented, Paul Pogba lashed a volley just over before Bruno Fernandes saw a header saved by Keylor Navas.

Then Neymar – who registered three of PSG's six attempts on target and created four chances – swept in his second in stoppage time.

It means United head into the final matchday needing at least a point against RB Leipzig to progress from Group H, while the away side has won all four Champions League matches between the Red Devils and PSG.

"It was a very good game of football, it deserved fans. When you saw the teamsheets, you thought there'd be goals in this game," Solskjaer told BT Sport.

"Chances for both teams – of course, with a bit more clinical finishing, we should have finished the game halfway through the second half.

"We had some big chances, big moments. That's the difference when you get to the big games, the clinical moments. Games are always decided at either end.

"In games like this, if Marquinhos had bigger studs on he would have been offside, that's a marginal decision as well. Sometimes you can't really put your finger on it. They were the better team, because they scored, but I thought both teams played really well."

While Solskjaer lamented his side's finishing, he acknowledged United were fortunate not to have Fred sent off earlier.

Fred, who conceded four fouls in total, clashed with Leandro Paredes midway through the first half and appeared to headbutt the PSG midfielder.

Referee Daniele Orsato checked the replays on the pitch-side monitor, yet bizarrely decided to only book Fred, who did later receive his marching orders for what many felt was a fair challenge on ex-United team-mate Ander Herrera.

"Fred shouldn't put his head towards him. I don't think he touched him, but he shouldn't do that, so he's a bit lucky, it's either nothing or a red card," Solskjaer added. "I thought maybe he was a bit lucky to stay on."

It was a sentiment echoed by United captain Harry Maguire, who told BT Sport: "I haven't seen [the headbutt incident] back.

"It's strange how he gave a yellow card – it’s either nothing or a red card, I presume. For sure in the second half, it wasn't a yellow card. He's won the ball.

"I can see it two yards away, the linesman is five yards away and the referee is close to it as well."

If Manchester United do not qualify for the Champions League last 16, they will point to two profound aberrations in an otherwise positive group stage. 

Firstly, the 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir, when Demba Ba was allowed to score a goal after receiving the ball in his own half without a United player between him and Dean Henderson's goal, all from United's own corner. 

Secondly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's unfathomable decision not to substitute Fred in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain. 

Nobody watching could quite work out why Fred was not sent off when he pushed his head into Leandro Paredes'. The PSG man's reaction was embarrassing, but Fred's offence was clear to everyone, including the VAR officials. Yet referee Daniele Orsato saw fit only to book him. 

Perhaps Orsato had been replaying the scene in his mind when, less than a minute after Marquinhos had put PSG 2-1 up in the second half, he showed Fred a second yellow card for a challenge on Ander Herrera. Fred got a clear foot to the ball first, but the decision was not changed, leaving the United man to trudge disconsolately down the touchline.

The consensus seemed to be that Fred would be taken off at half-time. He might have gained possession a team-high eight times in his period on the pitch, but United needed only a point here and had Scott McTominay to provide the combative midfield presence. 

There was nothing essential about Fred's place in the side, no pivotal game plan that could not have been carried out by Donny van de Beek, or Paul Pogba, or Nemanja Matic. Yet out he came for the second half: emboldened, determined, disastrous. 

This was another match between United and PSG where VAR proved critical to the result by enforcing questionable decisions, much like that famous 3-1 win for the Red Devils in Paris two seasons ago, but also by the key decisions at key moments from the men in charge. 

Solskjaer's side, having pulled level through Marcus Rashford's deflected shot after Neymar's opener, were tearing into the visitors on the break. Anthony Martial missed two glorious chances for 2-1, one of which came after Edinson Cavani's stunning chip hit the crossbar. 

Thomas Tuchel saw the danger and acted. Moise Kean and Paredes went off for Herrera and Mitchel Bakker, adding cover to PSG's left flank and shutting down the United threat. The new back three allowed Marquinhos to venture forward with more abandon for set-pieces and it was the captain's close-range finish from a half-cleared corner that put them in front. Neymar made it 3-1 in added time after Fred's red had killed United's spirit.

In the opposite dug-out, Solskjaer was passive. The system and personnel did not change to combat PSG's tactical tweak, and they were down to 10 men before Pogba, Van de Beek, Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo were summoned from the bench. The second yellow was harsh, but Fred had had it coming. The game as a whole was like those seconds in Istanbul on matchday three, when assistant Mike Phelan pointed and screamed at Ba to no avail: United and Solskjaer saw the threat and did nothing to stop it. 

"Fred shouldn't put his head towards him," Solskjaer later told BT Sport. "I don't think he touched him, but he shouldn't do that, so he's a bit lucky, it's either nothing or a red card. I thought maybe he was a bit lucky to stay on.  

"Yes [I thought about taking him off]. But Fred played really well. We spoke about staying calm, staying on your feet and the second yellow card is nowhere near a foul. Ander knows that as well, he definitely knows."  

Herrera also knew Fred was one misstep from a lonely walk down the tunnel. So did Solskjaer. And only one of them acted.   

So, we go to a showdown on matchday six, United, PSG and Leipzig all on nine points and all able to qualify. A point will still be enough for the Red Devils but there is no room for error against a Leipzig side who must win. PSG, for all the pressure on their coach and star performers, are now one win away from topping the group. 

United have played some excellent football in this competition and only three other teams have scored more than their 13 goals. They have beaten all three sides in this 'group of death', convincingly too. And yet, they head into next week with their European fate in the balance, when a simple covering defender from a corner and a half-time substitution could have changed it all.

Neymar and Marquinhos put Manchester United's progression into the last 16 of the Champions League on hold as Paris Saint-Germain secured a 3-1 win at Old Trafford. 

Marcus Rashford scored in his third successive Champions League appearance against PSG to restore parity following Neymar's opener, which was the quickest goal United have conceded in the competition since September 2015.  

Anthony Martial missed a glaring chance to complete the turnaround and Edinson Cavani hit the crossbar against his former club, with United made to pay when Marquinhos prodded PSG back in front, his effort standing after a long VAR check. 

Fred, who had been fortunate to escape a red card in the first half, received his marching orders for a tackle on United old boy Ander Herrera not long after the second goal, with PSG sealing the victory when Neymar tucked home in added time. 

United had thrived on the counter in previous games between the teams but were caught out on the break themselves six minutes in. 

Mbappe thumped a strike into a crowd of red shirts, with Neymar on hand to lash home the rebound from an acute angle. 

Matters looked set to get worse for United when Fred appeared to headbutt Leandro Paredes, yet despite checking the incident on the pitch-side monitor, referee Daniele Orsato only brandished a yellow. 

PSG's frustration was compounded just after the half-hour – Rashford keeping up his fine run against the Ligue 1 club when his shot deflected in off Danilo Pereira.

Rashford turned provider four minutes into the second half only to see Martial slice over, before he then saw a goal-bound strike blocked by Marquinhos after Cavani's lob struck the bar. 

PSG's captain was involved at the other end seven minutes later when his header hit the woodwork, before De Gea pulled off a brilliant stop to deny Mitchel Bakker. 

However United conceded from the resulting corner, Marquinhos nudging in from point-blank range after Abdou Diallo had kept the attack alive, with Fred's second booking soon after ruining United's hopes of another comeback.

Mbappe squandered a golden chance to make it 3-1 himself but atoned when he played through Rafinha, who kept his cool to tee up Neymar.

If Dynamo Kiev goalkeeper Heorhii Bushchan needs any consolation, it had happened 749 times before.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 750th goal of a phenomenal career on Wednesday, finding the net in Juventus' Champions League clash with the Ukrainian side.

Ronaldo reached his latest landmark when he tapped in from the goal line to give Juve a 2-0 lead in Turin.

His goal was his 75th for the Bianconeri, though the vast majority – 450 to be exact – were scored during a record-breaking spell with Real Madrid.

A hero at Madrid, Manchester United and now Juventus, a fair few of Ronaldo's incredible haul have been stone-cold classics. Here, we look back at 10 of his best goals.

Manchester United v Portsmouth: January 30, 2008

Perhaps the finest free-kick Ronaldo has struck in his career.

The Portuguese developed his reputation as a set-piece master at United and he lashed a phenomenal 25-yard effort past David James as part of a double to send Alex Ferguson's side to the top of the Premier League.

His knuckleball technique sent the ball swirling into the top-right corner for one of his defining Old Trafford moments.

Porto v Manchester United: April 15, 2009

He had absolutely no right to score this one.

Back in his homeland for a Champions League quarter-final against Porto, Ronaldo picked up the ball in the middle of the opposition half, got it out of his feet and sent a searing strike flying past Helton to seal a 1-0 win at the Estadio do Dragao and a 3-2 aggregate triumph.

 

Almeria v Real Madrid: April 15, 2010

Ronaldo has developed into more of a penalty-box poacher in recent seasons, but this effort against Almeria was a reminder of how devastating he could be when starting with the ball outside the area. 

Rafael van der Vaart won back possession in the Almeria half and the ball was worked to Ronaldo, who accelerated past two challenges, left a third defender for dead with a stepover and then drilled home with his left foot. The visitors would go on to win 2-1.

 

Sevilla v Real Madrid: December 17, 2011

Sevilla grew sick of the sight of Ronaldo during his time in Spain – he did score 27 times against them, after all – but this strike in a 6-2 thrashing is perhaps the best of them.

Collecting Karim Benzema's pass 30 yards out, Ronaldo took advantage of the time and space given to him by the defence to blast a shot into the top-right corner, the swerve on the ball making it totally unstoppable. It was one of three he scored that day at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

 

Real Madrid v Valencia: May 4, 2014

It was not enough to keep Madrid's title chase alive, but this was another goal that showcased Ronaldo's killer instinct and dexterity. 

In second-half injury time, with Valencia 2-1 ahead, Angel Di Maria volleyed over a cross from the left and Ronaldo swivelled to score a backheel volley and snatch a point.

 

Real Madrid v Espanyol: January 31, 2016

Although his game had become more refined from those buccaneering early days, Ronaldo showed here he was not quite done when it came to solo runs and spectacular finishes.

With Madrid already 3-0 up in what would prove to be a 6-0 thrashing, James Rodriguez's pass was deflected into Ronaldo's path and he did the rest, showing brilliant footwork to skip beyond three challenges before rifling home from the edge of the area with his left foot.

 

Hungary v Portugal: June 22, 2016

Portugal thrice fell behind to Hungary in Lyon during Euro 2016, and Ronaldo brought them level on the second occasion with a display of fine skill.

The captain added a deft flick with his trailing leg to Joao Mario's right-wing cross to make it 2-2, and he cancelled out Balazs Dzsudzsak's second with a double of his own. It was enough to send Portugal into the knockout stages and from there they claimed a maiden international title.

 

Juventus v Real Madrid: April 3, 2018

Arguably the finest goal Ronaldo has produced.

Moving away from goal as Dani Carvajal dug a cross towards the penalty spot from the right, the Portuguese rose into the air and connected with a stunning overhead kick. His leg was at a right angle to his body as he struck with the sweetest of volleys that flew past an idle Gianluigi Buffon.

Portugal v Spain: June 15, 2018

Having twice given his side the lead, Ronaldo found Portugal 3-2 down to their Iberian neighbours in their thrilling opener at the 2018 World Cup. 

While there was a sense of inevitability when he stood over an 88th minute free-kick, the execution was sheer perfection – power and dip combined to leave David de Gea with no chance.

 

Juventus v Manchester United: November 8, 2018

Another decorated Portuguese was celebrating at full-time when Jose Mourinho watched his Manchester United team complete a 2-1 comeback win.

But Ronaldo struck first with a sumptuous and technically brilliant strike, watching Leonardo Bonucci's raking ball over his shoulder to volley home.  

Cristiano Ronaldo has reached yet another goals milestone as his second-half strike against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday saw him hit 750.

The Portugal star was left with a simple finish 57 minutes in to put his side 2-0 up in the Champions League clash in Turin.

It was his 75th across all competitions for Juve, who Ronaldo joined from Real Madrid a little over two years ago.

It was in Madrid where he made his greatest impact on football, having amassed a remarkable 450 goals during his time with Los Blancos.

That figure made him comfortably their all-time leading scorer with 127 more than club great Raul.

Even more remarkably, Ronaldo reached 450 in just 438 matches after arriving for what was in 2009 a world-record fee – Raul's haul came from 741 games.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner had already left an indelible mark on the sport way before joining Juve, though his legend continues to grow – the Portugal great shows no sign of slowing down despite approaching his 36th birthday.

He has been in fine form this season, having netted eight times from just four Serie A starts, though his strike against Dynamo was only his second in the Champions League.

Ronaldo also recently surpassed the 100-goal mark for Portugal, becoming only the second male footballer to reach a century at international level after Iran's Ali Daei. His most recent, against Andorra last month, took him to 102.

Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has revealed he idolised Portugal team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo when he was a youngster.

Jota, 24 on Friday, is just under 12 years younger than Juventus star Ronaldo and while growing up was in awe of a player he now features alongside at international level.

The two players have both been in fine form for their club sides this season – Jota has scored nine goals in 15 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League champions.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, has managed nine goals in seven games for the Serie A title holders.

Jota told The Athletic: "My earliest memories are from the Euro 2004 when Portugal reached the final and unfortunately we lost. I was seven and I remember it well.

"Cristiano Ronaldo was my hero. At that time, he was 19 but he was already playing at the Euros with so much quality.

"During my childhood, he was at Manchester United and Real Madrid. As Portuguese guys, we always looked upon him as our main reference."

On Sunday, Jota will face former club Wolves for the first time since he joined Liverpool in September.

He claimed the influence of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has helped him make such an impressive start to life at Anfield.

Jota added: "When you reach a new club, having an open mind is key to be able to adapt as quickly as possible.

"With the season underway already, it was up to me to find a way to get into the team and not the opposite. That’s what I did with the help of Jurgen.

"He’s a fantastic manager who took care of me. When I first arrived, he had a meeting with me and he explained how the team works.

"Then it’s down to the player to try to learn as fast as you can and to prove to the manager that you can be an important player for him on the field."

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