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Man Utd set to sign player who made huge decision due to Ronaldo and regretted it to replace Antony amid Sancho uncertainty

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Man Utd set to sign player who made huge decision due to Ronaldo and regretted it to replace Antony amid Sancho uncertainty

Manchester United is reportedly set to sign El Ghazi who made huge decision due to Cristiano Ronaldo’s advice ten years ago and regretted it.

Infoexpert24 understands that this move is due to the uncertainty surrounding Antony and Jadon Sancho. The Dutch forward is currently a free agent and has offers on the table from Saudi Arabian outfits.

Erik ten Hag is assessing his options as he looks to bolster his ranks on the right wing. Usual first-choice Antony has been placed on leave until further notice following allegations that he attacked three women, which he strongly denies.

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It also remains unclear as to whether Sancho is available after the England international made a strong statement denying claims from Ten Hag that he was not meeting the mark in training.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund star was dropped from the matchday squad against Arsenal last weekend and his manager made it no secret that there was a clear reason behind the decision.

Sancho did not take kindly to the outburst and felt that it reiterated his belief that he has been ‘scapegoated’ since his arrival at Old Trafford.

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According to the Daily Mail, the uncertainty surrounding the 23-year-old matched with Antony’s unavailability has prompted the Red Devils to consider signing El Ghazi.

The Netherlands international saw his contract with PSV Eindhoven terminated by mutual consent last week and is actively looking to join a new side as soon as possible. It is reported that several Saudi sides have sounded out proposals to the 28-year-old, though there is no frontrunning club to secure his signature.

El Ghazi was present at the Emirates Stadium before the international break to watch United lose 3-1 to Arsenal, and it remains to be seen whether he will be linking up with those stars on the pitch over the coming weeks.

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The decision to bring in El Ghazi would indicate how seriously the public bust-up between Ten Hag and Sancho is being treated, as well as the lack of cover that United naturally possess in the final third.

Anwar El Ghazi, with 73 Premier League appearances under his belt, is a footballer who has stood at the crossroads of international football, and his journey has been shaped in part by the advice of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo, whose international goal-scoring record stands as one of the finest in history with 123 goals for Portugal, has achieved numerous accolades throughout his illustrious career, including his iconic stints at Manchester United.

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Now, there are whispers that El Ghazi might follow in the footsteps of the legendary Portuguese forward, with reports suggesting that Manchester United is eyeing a surprise move for the Dutch winger.

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As Erik ten Hag considers El Ghazi as a potential solution to address a right-wing crisis at Old Trafford, we delve into the contrasting paths taken by El Ghazi in his international career and how he sought the counsel of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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El Ghazi, born with dual citizenship, had a significant decision to make regarding which nation he would represent on the international stage. The Netherlands and Morocco were the two options on the table.

His journey with the Dutch national team began at the U17, U18, and U21 levels, laying the foundation for a potential senior international career.

However, it was when the time came to make a definitive choice that he turned to Ronaldo for guidance.

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Around a decade ago, El Ghazi met the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, seeking advice on the pivotal decision of representing either Morocco or the Netherlands.

Ronaldo, with his wealth of experience, provided counsel that weighed heavily on El Ghazi’s choice. The Portuguese maestro recommended that El Ghazi represent his homeland, the Netherlands a decision he believed would provide him with a better opportunity to participate in international tournaments.

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El Ghazi, recognizing the wisdom in Ronaldo’s words, heeded the advice and chose to play for the Netherlands. His journey began in earnest when he received his first senior call-up, starting in two Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Kazakhstan and Czech Republic in October 2015.

These matches provided an early glimpse of his potential as he contributed an assist in a 2-1 win against Kazakhstan. However, the campaign ultimately ended in disappointment as the Netherlands failed to qualify for the tournament.

Since then, El Ghazi’s international career took a divergent path compared to Cristiano Ronaldo’s illustrious journey.

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Despite earning his next call-up in May 2021, he did not feature for the Dutch national team at Euro 2020, missing out on the opportunity to showcase his talents on the grand stage.

The story might have unfolded quite differently if El Ghazi had opted to represent Morocco, a decision he seriously considered in October 2022.

Reports indicated that the Royal Moroccan Football Federation was in the process of completing the paperwork for a switch of allegiances ahead of the Qatar World Cup.

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However, as of now, that transition has not materialized, and El Ghazi continues to represent the Netherlands.

While Cristiano Ronaldo’s guidance may have influenced El Ghazi’s choice, the contrasting trajectories of their international careers serve as a reminder of the complexity and unpredictability of a footballer’s journey.

As El Ghazi navigates his own path in the world of football, his decision remains a significant chapter in his story, with the possibility of a different narrative had he chosen the road less traveled.

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