United prevents embarrassment at EL
Unlucky Ronaldo gives best chances
10/06/2022 11:02 PM
Unlike the smasher in the Manchester derby, Cristiano Ronaldo is in the starting lineup in the Europa League. The Portuguese continues to have bad luck against the blatant outsider Omonia Nicosia. The 37-year-old will soon be leaving Manchester United.
Despite an extremely unlucky Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United took their next win in the Europa League. The Red Devils came after a break behind the blatant outsider Omonia Nicosia to a 3:2 (0:1) and are therefore on course for the knockout round. With six points, the English club is second in Group E, three adrift of undamaged Spaniards Real Sociedad San Sebastian.
After failing to come on as a substitute in the 6-3 Manchester derby defeat to City four days earlier, Ronaldo played on against the Cyprus Cup winners. However, the superstar missed some of the best opportunities. The 78th minute symbolized that when the 37-year-old shot the post from a detached distance of almost six meters. In stoppage time he shot the ball just wide of the goal from the best position and bellowed his frustration into the evening air. However, other than converting his chances, Ronaldo played well.
After all, he was involved in one goal: with a nice pass to Marcus Rashford (84th minute), the Portuguese put the 3-1 on his fellow striker. The other goals were also scored by Rashford (53′) and Anthony Martial (63′). Karim Ansarifard (34th) and Nikolaos Panagiotou (85th) scored for the rebellious underdog.
After all in Europa League
Ronaldo’s second spell at Manchester United is coming to an end soon. According to “Telegraph”, coach Erik ten Hag hardly ever counts on the superstar, unlike in the summer, he would now have to agree to a change if there is a suitable offer for a striker in the winter transfer window. Ronaldo’s contract runs until June 30, 2023, last year he returned to the club where he played from 2003 to 2009 and where his career took off.
The Portuguese would reportedly like to leave the English record champions in the summer, as the five-time Champions League winners wanted to play in the Premier League club again. But ten Hag insisted that he stay. Now he hardly plays a role under the coach.
The fact that he didn’t play in the Manchester derby, in which City stars Erling Haaland and Phil Foden each scored hat-tricks, had other reasons: “I didn’t bring Cristiano out of respect for his great career,” explained ten. Hag after the game. He wanted to spare him the embarrassment on the field. Ronaldo made just one start in the Premier League, in the 4-0 defeat to Brentford on match day 2. In the Europa League it is different: the Portuguese has been in the starting lineup in all three games so far.