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Casemiro opens up on working under Ancelotti compared to Zidane



Casemiro issues verdict on working under Carlo Ancelotti compared to Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has revealed what it is like to work under Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after six years away last summer having already managed the club between 2013 and 2015.

The Italian won the Champions League during his first spell, and he has had a steady start to his second spell.

Los Blancos are on course to take top spot, currently a point behind and with a game in hand in La Liga, and they are also top of their group in the Champions League.

The relatively bright start has been important for Ancelotti given the success Zidane achieved at the club before walking away from his role in the summer, and key midfielder Casemiro has spoken about how the squad are enjoying working under the Italian.

“Each coach has their method of working and fortunately, we are adapting very well to Carlo Ancelotti’s method, as we did during the long time with Zidane,” he said in a Brazil press conference, as cited by Marca.

“But I want to highlight a point in particular with Ancelotti.

“He is a 62-year-old man, with more than 40 years in football and he has already achieved it all, but his determination to win and to teach us with all of his experience every day is incredible.”

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One of the most impressive aspects of Ancelotti’s efforts so far are how he has got the best out of Vinicius Junior, while Rodrygo has also impressed.

The most difficult part of Ancelotti’s time at the club could be yet to come due to the transitional period that awaits at the club in the coming years.

But for now, the veteran boss has his Los Blancos stars singing the right tune, and he’ll be glad to hear senior members of his squad are enjoying it along the way.


Michael Carrick departs Man United after Arsenal win



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Manchester United confirmed Michael Carrick is leaving the club as first-team coach just minutes after he oversaw their 3-2 win over Arsenal.

Carrick took caretaker charge of United for three games, presiding over a 2-0 win against Villarreal, a 1-1 draw at Chelsea and the comeback triumph against Arsenal.

Minutes after the final whistle of the uplifting 3-2 victory against Arsenal, United issued a statement confirming Carrick’s departure now Ralf Rangnick is the official interim manager.

Carrick said: “My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career. When I first signed over 15 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined winning so many trophies and I will certainly never forget the fantastic memories both as a player and as a member of the coaching team.

“However, after a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave the club. I want to place on record my thanks to all of the players and a special mention goes to the backroom staff, working long hours with such a great group of people has been a real pleasure and I have made some long-lasting friendships.

“I am, and will always be, a Manchester United fan and will come to as many matches as possible. I would like to wish Ralf, the staff, the players and the fans all the best for the future and I look forward to being in the stands and supporting the boys as a fan.”

The United football director John Murtough added: “Michael leaves with the sincerest thanks and best wishes of everyone at Manchester United after 15 years of exceptional service to the club as a player and as a coach. While we are sad to see him go, we respect and understand Michael’s decision.

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“He will always be known as one of the finest midfielders in the history of Manchester United, and, more recently, as an excellent coach who has worked tirelessly under two managers to help develop the strong squad which Ralf will now take charge of.

“We are grateful for the steady leadership Michael has shown through this period of managerial transition, and, while he is now stepping away from day-to-day involvement, he will always be welcome back as a legend of the club.”

Carrick joined United from Tottenham for £18.6million in 2006 and won five Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the League Cups, the Champions League, the Europa League and the Club World Cup.

The 40-year-old was promoted to the United coaching staff by Jose Mourinho in 2018.

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EPL: Ronaldo hits 800 career goals as Man United recover to beat Arsenal



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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice – including the 800th goal of his career – as new interim boss Ralf Rangnick watched Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 in an incident-packed encounter at Old Trafford.

The Gunners got their reward for a lively opening but it came in strange circumstances as Emile Smith Rowe volleyed into an open goal on 13 minutes with David de Gea lying prone in the United six-yard area.

The Spanish stopper received treatment for a minor knock after a coming together with his own team-mate, Fred, and after a lengthy delay referee Martin Atkinson had no choice but to award the goal as there was no obvious infringement involving a visiting player.

United were furious but improved as the half wore on and Bruno Fernandes marked his 100th appearance for the club with a smart first-time finish following a neat move down the left.

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The hosts suddenly looked far more threatening and stole in front on 52 minutes when Ronaldo grabbed a landmark goal with a lethal first-time finish. However, the lead only lasted a couple of minutes as Martin Odegaard swept a similar effort into the far corner to drag Mikel Arteta’s men level.

United refused to be denied though and Ronaldo stepped up to convert a penalty 20 minutes from time to ensure caretaker boss Michael Carrick signed off undefeated.

The result means United move up to seventh while Arsenal stay fifth and miss the chance to break into the top four.
Next up, United host Crystal Palace on Sunday while Arsenal visit Everton on Monday night.

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EPL: Ronaldo nets brace as Man United bets Arsenal in five-goal thriller



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