Premier League

Cristiano Ronaldo scores in Manchester United win

The Portuguese scored his 7th goal of the Premier League season

By Hector Garcia

The Portuguese scored his 7th goal of the Premier League season
The Portuguese scored his 7th goal of the Premier League season
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Cristiano Ronaldo helped Manchester United to come back to the winner path scoring a goal and assisting Scot Mctominay. Ralf Rangnick finally found the way to win at Old Trafford. The Red Devils did not play their last two Premier League games due to a Covid-19 outbreak in Manchester United side. For Ronaldo´s team was good to finish with a win at the end of the 2021 year.

From the start of the game, the Red Devils dominated the match

A torrid opening 45 minutes led the way as Manchester United shut out the noise and emphatically stomped relegation-threatened Burnley 3-1 at Old Trafford. Ralf Rangnick made six changes from the disappointing 1-1 draw against Newcastle, and the squad responded.

Scott McTominay was the star of the show, advancing forward in a box-to-box role and providing a constant threat for United. The 25-year-old scored the opener and produced another two blistering efforts that were both only stymied by world-class Wayne Hennessey saves.

Jadon Sancho originally had a deserved second for United, although eventually it was deemed an own-goal off the foot of Ben Mee. Cristiano Ronaldo appeared for United’s third, with McTominay again providing the hard work while Ronaldo cleaned up the scraps.

Burnley was overwhelmed in the first half, only able to grab a consolation thanks to Aaron Lennon’s ability to capitalize on a mistake at the back. Otherwise, the Red Devils were deserved winners from start to finish. The second half finished goal-less, but United still dominated the chances.

It was a needed performance from Rangnick’s side which was feeling the heat after three straight Premier League flops, with two narrow 1-0 wins over bottom-half clubs plus the Newcastle draw. United has plenty more to prove, but turning the page to 2022 on a high note and in sixth place — just four points out of fourth place with a game in hand — will go a long way toward boosting confidence.


MUN — Scott McTominay — 8th min.

MUN — Own goal (Ben Mee) — 27th min.

MUN — Cristiano Ronaldo — 35th min.

BUR — Aaron Lennon — 38th min.

Manchester United climbs to the sixth position

Man United moves into the top six after sealing all three points. It never felt terribly uncomfortable after United went up early and bossed the first half. Scott McTominay was the star, and Cristiano Ronaldo will always make headlines with his goal. It's not job done for Ralf Rangnick, not by a long shot, but it's a very palatable first step.

Burnley remains stuck in relegation position

For Burnley, the Clarets were discombobulated for long spells and struggled mightily in front of the net. The chances were there, but aside from Lennon's cool and collected finish, Burnley was useless attempting to put away chances. It's easy to see why this team went three matches without scoring. To avoid relegation, Sean Dyche will need answers and fast. Those answers may not lie within the current squad.

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