Manchester United’s victory over Arsenal was the perfect summary of the team’s current position.
Sloppy defensive play, overtaken in midfield for a worrying time and tend to make life much more difficult than necessary.
Thankfully, at Cristiano Ronaldo the fans have someone who can cover those cracks as his brace secures United a 3-2 victory.
Much has been said about the 36-year-old’s performance so far this quarter, with his impressive scoring record clearly not being enough for some people.
His inability to press was the main stick that was used to beat him and they are right, he is not a player who will build his game by shutting down defenders and pressing forward.
There is so much more.
Ronaldo is a player who takes care of the moments.
If you’re looking for someone to do your ass job on offense, this probably isn’t the man you would choose, but if you want someone who can turn a game around on their own then they don’t. there’s nothing better.
Admittedly, the experienced striker tends to be silent in matches, but it is simply because he preserves his energy and prepares his next run in the box which can offer a winning moment.
Ronaldo’s first goal against Arsenal was a smart goal, while when Fred was knocked down in the box there would never have been just one man the supporters wanted to get past 12 yards.
From the moment the United talisman had his name read on the tannoy ahead of the game, Ronaldo had fans eaten out of the palms of his hands.
He runs the Stretford End like someone runs the London Philharmonic and with that he barely misses a note.
Even when Ronaldo tries something that doesn’t work – his failed first-half kick comes to mind – fans clap his name and shout out his iconic ‘Siuuu’ celebration as they know it’s only a matter of time until they can do this for real.
The other players don’t have that luxury, but the other players are not Ronaldo.
With Ralf Rangnick set to take control of first-team affairs following the 3-2 win over the Gunners, United are set to go through a period of transition.
It is clear that this team needs real work on the training ground and in the transfer market to be able to compete on a regular basis with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
But if they can keep Ronaldo happy and task the other ten players on the pitch to take over in terms of press play, the No.7 is almost certain to reward them with the quality and quantity of goals needed to keep the fans. through what could be a difficult few months.
Viva Ronaldo, you have certainly won over this skeptic.
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