If you are bored with the never-ending debate about whether Cristiano Ronaldo is a help or a hindrance to Manchester United, bad news, this is just the beginning. It’s not going away anytime soon, partly because he’s not leaving anytime soon either. Just as Old Trafford is about to step in gegenpressing era and even more attention is paid to what he does with the ball, he continues to win games with what he does on it.
That may overlook some of the specific nuances in the debate over Ronaldo’s role in this team, on both sides of the war, and it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story of the 3-2 victory. full of this ding-dong ahead of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal in what was Michael CarrickHis last game as a caretaker and perhaps his last night as a United employee, but it’s an argument that’s set to run and run. And in the end, one person’s opinion only matters.
Ronaldo can work in Ralf RangnickPowerful gegenpressing system of ? United’s caretaker manager will have to judge that based on what he sees, and what he witnessed from his seat in the director’s box is what Old Trafford administrations have followed. watched throughout the season: a United performance marked by moments of brilliance and inadequacy was evenly distributed, but a game was ultimately won by Ronaldo’s goals.
A match that was once considered the benchmark of English football has become a bit lackluster in recent years but this encounter between these two modern rivals lacks quality, which makes up for in the entertainment. Arsenal is the better team in terms of points, first and second compared to other teams. The same is true of United. Or maybe won it on the balance of the game. The team that had a chance to finish Ronaldo did it.
Two goals to make the difference between victory and defeat are not spectacular – a touchdown and a penalty, but the numbers behind them are. This is the 800th and 801th of his career for club and country. There were a lot of questions about bringing him back but he continued to answer them by often being the one who made the final difference.
Even before kick-off, and before a bold new start for one of these clubs, the game has struggled to break free from its long past. Traveling Arsenal supporters enjoyed a chorus of “We won the league in Manchester,” harking back to a time when Smith Rowe was barely out of his Pampers.
At the same time, a section of the Stretford End had unfurled a banner reading ‘STANDARDS’ beneath pictures of Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and Bryan Robson. But then there’s that heavy cocktail of sadness and nostalgia at United these days, too, with a tribute to the club’s legend who is ultimately responsible for the standards that slide into end of the year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was hailed with a banner of his own to be hung over the Stretford End on this first Old Trafford trip since his departure, proving as if there was any real doubt that the legend His voice will indeed exist. And the tributes don’t end there, as United fall behind in the sort of calamity that has defined the Norwegian’s final days.
This is the worst goal United have conceded, for example, two weeks in a row, the ninth in a row in the league at Old Trafford with no reaction at the other end in fact, the first goal of the game. Premier League era. It happened when, while trying to defend an Arsenal corner, Fred kicked De Gea very hard in the ankle, causing his keeper to fall to the ground injuring himself.
When United failed to clear their way and De Gea stayed, Smith Rowe sent the ball from the edge of the box into an empty net. Referee Martin Atkinson did not have time to blow the whistle when the ball went all the way to the goal line. The video replayed on television confirmed that De Gea was knocked down by his own teammate, Atkinson had no reason to do so. The goal will stand.
United, led by De Gea, have argued their case is futile. Rangnick probably wondered what he got himself into, not only afterwards but for much of the first half, where the players he had to mold and transform into top four contenders looked like any other. anything except. However, even when they were at their worst under Solskjaer, this team proved they could score from scratch.
Many people have spoken and written about Rangnick’s principles and his belief that a team is in greatest danger immediately after possession is restored. There were eight seconds between Harry Maguire’s interception of a stray Ben White save and Bruno Fernandes’ shot past Aaron Ramsdale to equalize, with some fine coordination with Jadon Sancho’s foot and assist. neat heel assist from Fred in the middle.
United emerged in the second half with more purpose and Ronaldo, who spent most of the first half shooting from inappropriate positions, began to improve his decision-making. He went close shortly after the restart when, two minutes later, he found space inside the six-yard area to convert Marcus Rashford’s low cross for the 800th goal of his career. .
Arsenal were leveled almost instantly, with Gabriel Martinelli searching a hundred yards out on the right, with enough time on his hands to help Martin Odegaard make a low shot, narrowly drilling a hole to avoid touch. teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and climbed narrowly, right within De Gea’s desperate reach.
However, in one of the night’s recurring themes, Odegaard went from hero to nil, conceding a penalty with a reckless challenge to Fred. Fernandes has taken on free-kick duties until now this season but no more. Ronaldo received the ball, put it down, and shot it precisely towards the center of Ramsdale’s goal. Ronaldo will not be turned down. He’s rarely like that, Ralf.
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