Ronaldo makes history against Arsenal in Old Trafford
Ralf Rangnick was present at Old Trafford to watched on from the stands as his new team secures victory after coming from behind to win in an enthralling 3-2 victory, with Cristiano Ronaldo making history after bagging his 800th and 801st career goals last night.
It was quite an interesting and entertaining game as the ‘Gunners’ knew a win away from home would see them leapfrog West Ham to move into fourth place. The Gunners took the lead in the 13th minutes as David de Gea dropped to the turf after Fred stood on his right heel, allowing Emile Smith Rowe to put the ball into an empty net before referee Martin Atkinson blew to stop play.
However, De Gea received medical attention after the incident and was able to continue with the game as confusion reigned over whether Arsenal had taken the lead before Martin Atkinson pointed to the centre circle following a four-minute delay to award the goal for the Gunners.
It was a hard fought battle as Man United never relent despite been a goal down then grew into the contest for an equalizer. Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli could have doubled the lead for the visitors as he fired onto a sumptuous Smith Rowe pass before dragging his shot wide to miss the attempt.
Before the halftime break, Jadon Sancho delivered a pass to Fred, and the midfielder squared up neatly to Bruno Fernandes, who marked his 100th appearance for Man United by slipping the ball confidently beyond Aaron Ramsdale to end a 15-game goal drought for United and also level the scoreline 1-1 before the break.
The second half started in a good note shortly after the interval for both side as they look forward for more goals, De Gea produced a brilliant save to deny Gabriel, before Aaron Ramsdale had to be alert to divert a Ronaldo effort to safety. It wasn’t long before the Portuguese reached his latest milestone, with his 800th career goals for both club and country and also putting United infront for the first time in the game..
The lead didn't last long for the host as Thomas Partey spread the play to Gabriel Martinelli, who delivered the ball to Martin Ødegaard in the area, and the 22-year-old did no mistake and slotted into the far corner to beat De Gea and draw level.
However, despite the Norwegian equalizing for the away side, he went from hero to zero as Martin Atkinson awarded a penalty for the host as his reckless effort fouled Fred in the penalty box, and after a VAR review a penalty was awarded and it was no other than Ronaldo who stepped up to hammer down the ball in the middle of the net to make it 3-2 for the host and his 801 career goals.
The victory for Michael Carrick sends the ‘Red Devils’ up to seventh place, with just two points behind their Arsenal, who remain fifth presently at the log. Manchester United will host Crystal Palace on Sunday with Rangnick in charge on the touchline as Michael Carrick’s successful caretaker spell comes to an end in a good note.
The man never fails to deliver, congrats on his 800th career goals.
He is really awesome on the pitch