Just when things were going horribly wrong for Manchester United after a humiliating defeat at the hands of their bitterest rivals, Liverpool, the team arrested the downward momentum by coming out all guns blazing as it obliterated Tottenham Hotspur with a clinical display. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for the Devils with a stunning volley while Edinson Cavani doubled the lead after the interval, thanks to an excellent build-up between Ronaldo and Fernandes.
Marcos Rashford pegged the final keel on the coffin of Spurs as he latched onto a Matic through and scooted past an ailing Spurs defence and slammed it past a stranded Lloris. Ole couldn’t have been happier after United’s swift response but he had no time to celebrate as Manchester will be travelling to Italy to face the mighty Atalanta for their Champions League fixture.
The goal from Cristiano Ronaldo that broke the internet
With all said and done, the highlight of the night was the stunning opener from Cristiano Ronaldo. There were several reasons for the goal to be termed as a classic finish. Firstly, it needed a sumptuous first touch to bring down Bruno’s delivery.
Now to make it magical, Ronaldo didn’t just bring it down but he took the shot on a volley after skidding past his marker, Ben Davies who could do little to keep the Portuguese striker at bay.
Cristiano Ronaldo with the breakthrough for Manchester United and what a wonderful finish on the volley!Advertisement
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Secondly, the angle that Ronaldo before firing that low cross into the net was absolutely acute and it needed a powerful strike to beat Lloris who is one of the finest custodians in the world right now.
However, it never seemed like a challenge for Ronaldo as if there has been one thing that he is adept at, that is scoring goals and the goal machine fired it with immense power as the ball rolled into the back of the net, leaving the onlookers and Lloris in awe.
There were plaudits raining from all corners of the world that starred the likes of pundits to players alike. Hugo Lloris was heard saying that he couldn’t believe that the ball has gone into the back of the net. He actually took a look at the video to confirm that the ball did go in cleanly without any touch from anyone. There were insane reactions about Ronaldo’s strike too.
Another brilliant goal by @Cristiano – his 40th in 2021 and it’s still only October… (and he’s 36!)
Quite comical how some football pundits keep saying he’s a ‘problem’ at United. He’s scored 4 league goals in 6 games already. Messi’s scored none for PSG in 5. pic.twitter.com/ymwH3dDiMl
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 30, 2021
Former Manchester United TV pundit, Danny Webber was heard quoting, “it was an unbelievable goal. First and foremost the run. And for Bruno to be able to find him there. As it’s dropping over your shoulder, it’s not an easy technique at all. You’ve got to get it across the keeper, the keeper’s in a good position, he’s cut across the ball as well to make sure it curls in at the far corner. It’s nothing you wouldn’t expect of him but it is a very different skill for most people.”
Former Manchester United midfielder, Lou Macari said that the goal was only possible because it was Cristiano Ronaldo. He said that it was typical Ron because to finish that delivery one needs to get everything right.
At 36 years and 267 days, @Cristiano Ronaldo is the oldest player to both score and assist a goal in a #PL match since Didier Drogba (December 2014)Advertisement
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Erstwhile Spurs legend, Jermain Defoe who is still going strong for Rangers at 39 years couldn’t conceal his adulation for Ronaldo’s clinical strike. He mentioned that this finish was a beastly lesson that can be fed to youngsters about how to complete volleys.