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Lukaku downed Crystal Palace

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The Belgium international scored twice against Crystal Palace to keep up the Red Devils’ push for a place in the Premier League’s top four
Romelu Lukaku believes Manchester United are out to “dominate” after his two-goal performance guided the Red Devils to a club-record eighth successive away victory.
Lukaku ended a nine-match goal drought as United – who were missing a host of players through injury – defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.
Man Utd’s last loss on the road in any competition was December’s Premier League defeat against Liverpool – Jose Mourinho’s final match in charge.
“We want to dominate, we want to score goals and we want to keep clean sheets. We had the game under control,” Lukaku said via BBC Sport .
“Luke Shaw is our player of the season for me and I’m glad he gave me the pass for the first goal.
“When players come back from injury they can add to the team, it’s a really strong squad.”
Ashley Young – wearing the captain’s armband – sealed the three points for United with seven minutes remaining after Palace threatened a comeback.
Palace’s Joel Ward reduced the deficit in the 66th minute following strikes in either half from Lukaku.
United, who are fifth and only a point behind Arsenal, have not lost in the Premier League since caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Mourinho.
“Parts of the game were tough, there was space out there to play and we made it difficult for ourselves. I hold my hands up for their goal, I should have cleared it but I made up for it with a goal,” Young said post-match.
“We have injuries, they haven’t helped but we have a fantastic squad. Everyone has to be ready and we were today. That’s eight away wins in a row and let’s keep ticking them off.
“We want to keep winning games and keep the confidence coming.”
The Old Trafford outfit are back in action on Saturday when they host relegation-threatened Southampton.

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Man Utd to pay Ronaldo £17m per year to leave Juventus

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Manchester United have tabled a £17 million-a-year deal, in a bid to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The transfer could see Paul Pogba also return to Juventus.

Ronaldo’s future is likely to be one of the biggest sagas of the summer window.

It is understood the Portugal captain is eager to leave Italy, but Paris Saint-Germain is his preferred destination.

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But with no deal offered yet from the Ligue 1 giants, Manchester United is said to have swooped with a tempting offer for their former player.

The Red Devils are willing to pay Ronaldo £17m a year to bring him back to Old Trafford. And with Pogba’s situation at the club unclear, he could be used as a makeweight in the deal.

Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid are also being talked about as potential destinations for Ronaldo, but the finances could be an issue with a number of big clubs cash-strapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba clears air on ‘rift’ between France teammates

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France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.

Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening.

Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.

Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!

“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.

“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly,” he added.

France kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next Tuesday.

The World Cup champions will also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker predict Euro 2020 winner

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Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020.

The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success.

Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante.

Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack.

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“France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC.

Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.”

Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus.

“It’s hard to look beyond France – they were losing finalists five years ago, they won the World Cup three years ago and now they have Karim Benzema too.

“They will be improved and they have brilliant young players too. They have to be favourites.

“Portugal are not exactly an outsider because they won the thing four years ago but they have a very good team and they will have a chance,” he said.

 

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