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Mason Greenwood

Return of the King

A lot can change in 24 hours. Just ask Jack Bauer.

Or Cristiano Ronaldo. On Thursday, it looked like he was ready to break the hearts of the faithful United fans who still sing his name and join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. In doing so, he would be the eighth player to suit up for both United and City — and the third player from that vaunted 2007-2008 Champions League winning team to do so.

But then the United Network kicked in. Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to the player he’s long had a fatherly affection for and tried to get him to come home, something he thought he had accomplished in 2013 as his last act before retirement. Former teammates weighed in, with Rio Ferdinand calling to try and talk him out of joining City, Patrice Evra keeping tabs via WhatsApp and Wayne Rooney sending a message through the media. Even Bruno Fernandes reached out to his fellow Portuguese international and Sporting Lisbon alum to try and change his mind and sell him on an unlikely homecoming.

It worked.

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The Legend of Lingardinho Lives On!

Here’s a stat that will blow your mind:

Since 2021 began, Jesse Lingard has scored more goals in club play than Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial combined. As of this writing, he has two more goals Marcus Rashford, three more than Edinson Cavani and five more than Daniel James. In fact, the only United man who has managed to outscore Lingardinho in this calendar year is the club’s likely player of the year, Bruno Fernandes.

Too bad the United Lingard has scored all of those goals for has been West Ham and not Manchester.

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Making His Mark

I was skeptical when Manchester United signed Edinson Cavani on a free transfer. Then again, the last time we signed a long-haired Paris Saint-Germain goal machine with a big reputation but was on the wrong side of 30 and had never played in England before, it worked out pretty well.

Cavani might not hit Zlatan Ibrahimović’s remarkable 28-goal tally during the 2016-2017 season, but his impact has still been profound. From scoring timely goals to being a model professional for the team’s many young players, El Matador has been a fantastic signing. He’s the best offensive header I’ve seen at United in years — he’s currently second in the Premiership in headed goals despite playing less than half as many minutes as league leader Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Heck, he’s arguably the best #7 they’ve had since Cristiano Ronaldo left town.

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