This is called missing. Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated, Thursday evening, his four periods this season, “only”, and the third in the European League. The possibility of recovery in the eyes of his coach who did not necessarily turn in his favour. Despite a late-match assist from Marcus Rashford (which was actually a missed shot), the former Real Madrid star doubled his hits and stops without ever finding the net.
All of his associates engaged in Cyprus, even if the outcome against Omonia was uncertain, to help him stave off fate. From Dalot to Rashford through Martial, Fernandes and Eriksen, no less than five Mancons voluntarily tried to score Ronaldo. Race results? Three wide shots, a pole and a loose ball after misbehaving. Unsurprisingly, the 37-year-old showed his head from bad days at the final whistle, a reminder of this incredible stat of his own: in 9 matches, Ronaldo scored just one goal. This was during the previous C3 match against Sherif Tiraspol on penalties (0-2).
“He wasn’t ready physically, but he’s progressing.”
CR7 was ignored in the summer transfer window by dozens of clubs participating in the Champions League, and he is facing a very difficult start to the season with Manchester United. His exit from 11, after a scathing 4-0 loss at Brighton, coincided with the Red Devils’ return to league form and the Portuguese did not start a game there. On Sunday, he spent his first full match of the season without playing, thus missing the prestigious Manconian derby against City (6-3).
“Everyone knows what physical condition he was in at the start of the season, for his part, Eric ten Hag ahead of the European evening meeting on RMC. He was not ready physically but he is progressing. Certainly, Ronaldo’s combat for more than 90 minutes proves that the Batavian technician was Right, silence in front of the cage or not. But the evening performance may not encourage a return to 11 Premier League games. “We’ll see what happens in the future,” said Ten Hag, who repeats day after day relying on “CR7″… Under certain conditions, it remains to be seen if (when?) it will materialize.