Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo scores another hat-trick to lift

Monday, April 18, 2022
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Cristiano Ronaldo's Hat Trick Lifts Manchester United Into Champions League Final

Manchester United's 3-2 win over Norwich exposes the defensive weaknesses of their rivals and highlights the importance of Cristiano Ronaldo's treble. The treble means that United can qualify for the Champions League and earn PS2.75million if he hits 30 goals this season. Ronaldo has been in fine form of late‚ scoring eight goals in his last four games and moving into fifth spot in the league.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat trick in 3-2 win over Norwich

After Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick against Norwich‚ United fans hailed the Portuguese striker. His hat trick is his 15th in the Premier League this season‚ putting him third behind Mohamed Salah and Son Hueng-min in the league's goalscoring charts. The win over Norwich lifted Manchester United above Tottenham and Arsenal into fourth place‚ but only if Liverpool win their game against Everton on Tuesday. After the draw with Everton‚ it seemed like the perfect game for Ronaldo to score a hat trick‚ as he did. Ronaldo had two first-half goals in a row‚ with his first coming after seven minutes. He added a second by heading an Alex Telles corner. But it wasn't enough for United to keep their lead. Norwich leveled the scores in the 52nd minute. United had a goal within ten minutes‚ thanks to an Anthony Elanga pass that took Ben Gibson's shot. Cristiano was in the right place at the right time to head home the ball. His second goal‚ from close range‚ was just as spectacular. He also celebrated with the iconic Siuuuu celebration. The third goal‚ a corner kick from Alex Telles‚ came from the same source. After escaping his marker‚ Ronaldo soared over the goalkeeper and planted the ball into the net. Norwich came back‚ and Kieron Dowell's header in the 74th minute rescued the draw. The Portuguese forward has now scored nine goals in the Premier League‚ making him the most prolific scorer in the league. The match is far from over for the Portuguese forward‚ and his hat trick is another great achievement for the club. Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick puts Manchester United on the brink of the Champions League. The hat trick comes just when the team needed it the most.

Defeat of Norwich exposes Manchester United's defensive frailties

Defeat of Norwich has highlighted Manchester United's defensive fragilities‚ says David de Gea. Despite the PS80 million transfer fee paid for Harry Maguire‚ the Norwich City defence was at fault for both goals‚ and it wasn't just Maguire and Dalot. It was the entire defensive unit. After letting in a free-kick from Pukki‚ Alex Telles failed to deal with it‚ allowing Dowell through to slot the ball past De Gea. While Varane has improved his defensive performance under Ralf Rangnick‚ Ronaldo's form has dipped. Although he missed the game against Norwich due to COVID‚ Shaw has been a first-choice left-back this season under interim manager Ralf Rangnick. Despite these problems‚ United are still in the hunt for top four. However‚ their last league game against Everton exposed their defensive fragilities. Arsenal thought they had taken the lead in the 86th minute but the goal was disallowed for offside. The game continued with United having to play with 10 men after Roy Keane was sent off for two bookable offences. The last half-hour was dominated by an Arsenal penalty‚ as Paul Pogba was booed on the way to the tunnel. Norwich's penalty was also saved by Peter Schmeichel. The game's second half was one of ugliness and frustration. Manchester United were unable to find a rhythm in their passing. The home team were in control‚ but their defences were unable to cope. The goal from a set-piece was an example of the defensive frailties of Manchester United. But it wasn't just the poor finishing. The home side made it difficult for Manchester United to get into the game‚ and they were unable to maintain possession.

Ronaldo's treble lifts Manchester United to Champions League qualification

For a player without a club trophy‚ a treble was a huge achievement. This season's biggest game saw the Portuguese make history. His treble against Young Boys was his first European goal for over a decade‚ and his late goal secured Champions League qualification. But it won't be enough to make him the greatest player of all time. He must add to his treble-winning form with a Champions League final appearance. Although United have struggled in Group F‚ Cristiano Ronaldo's treble lifted them to fifth in the table‚ a further four points clear of rivals Manchester City. But while Ronaldo's treble will be a welcome boost‚ Manchester United will still have to work hard to finish in the top four. With six games left in the Premier League‚ a top four finish is necessary for Champions League qualification next season. If Juventus and Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League‚ Manchester United will be in a difficult position. Ronaldo must improve his performance to win the Champions League. The club's hierarchy will surely be happy with the decision to spend so much money on Ronaldo. But it is crucial that United perform better to qualify for the Champions League. Despite the disappointment of the defeat‚ United will feel that their investment in the Portugal international was worth the wait.

Ronaldo earns PS2.75million if he reaches 30 goals this season

The Portuguese forward is set to earn a massive PS2.75million if he tallys 30 goals this season. The contract he signed with Real Madrid has bonus clauses in it and if he reaches these milestones he will be rewarded with further bonuses. If he reaches 30 goals in a season‚ he will receive PS1.25 million and will be paid PS1.75m for every additional goal. The Real Madrid star revealed that his new shirt is a symbol of his achievements in the past year. He wore the No. 9 shirt. He also revealed that his childhood was a traumatic experience when he was expelled from school for throwing a chair. The incident was reported by Now Magazine. Ronaldo said he felt 'jealous' as he revealed his past in an interview. Manchester United are close to passing Liverpool and earning PS2.75million if Ronaldo reaches 30 goals this season. After winning the Premier League‚ the Red Devils beat Brighton 2-0‚ with two goals from Luis Diaz and one from Mohamed Salah. The two strikers are now eight points behind Salah in the league table. The Portuguese international has endured a difficult season but has shown great character to keep United's hopes alive. He scored a hat-trick last month against Tottenham and repeated it against Norwich on Saturday. Despite his age‚ Cristiano Ronaldo is still in his prime. At 36 years old‚ he still outperforms his European opponents by a decade. In fact‚ he has improved from a teenager to a fully-fledged professional. He is now more prolific than ever‚ especially since turning 30. He is expected to reach four figures before he retires.

Impressive hat-trick against Tottenham

Ronaldo scored a superb hat-trick in his return to England and now holds the record for goals in an international match. He has 806 for club and country. Despite his lack of pace‚ the Portuguese striker's in-game management is brilliant. As the game neared half-time‚ Ronaldo took control of the game and slowed the pace. He remained reliable with patient lay-offs and wise passing. As the game wore on‚ he looked to take more risks and made some great saves. Spurs equalised early in the second half when Dejan Kulusevski was adjudged to have handled a cross from Harry Kane. Spurs responded when Harry Kane scored a penalty‚ but Ronaldo put Manchester United back in front. He headed in Jadon Sancho's corner in the 81st minute to extend his record for goals in a Premier League game. After scoring his first goal‚ Ronaldo was on course for another one in the second half. Before the game‚ Ronaldo had only scored once since the turn of the year. After missing the derby against Manchester City‚ he went to Portugal and intensified rumours that he was planning to leave Old Trafford. Ronaldo returned to Manchester United a year later and restored hopes of a top four finish. In the process‚ he became the most prolific goalscorer in football history.

Impact of Ronaldo's return to Manchester United

After leaving Juventus for Real Madrid‚ Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United and immediately started making an impact. The Portugal international scored twice on his second Manchester United appearance against Newcastle and then made the opener against Young Boys in the Champions League. However‚ the Portuguese star had to watch on as his 10-man team lost 2-1 to Young Boys. The return of Ronaldo to United has had a knock-on effect on his team-mates and the wider United picture. A dead-shot striker must constantly hope to find an opening‚ and then be in the right position to capitalise on it. But despite the goal-scoring record of Manchester United‚ the Portuguese international is no ordinary goal scorer. Against Newcastle‚ he was perpetually sniffing around the penalty area for an opening. Newcastle were a scarier side without Ronaldo‚ but they did manage to earn a point. The return of Ronaldo has led to a flurry of emotions among Manchester United fans. While fans were ecstatic about the news of Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford‚ some Manchester United supporters have been critical of the Glazers. Some chanted Glazer at the stadium. Meanwhile‚ United fans have reacted negatively to news that the Glazers have signed up for the breakaway European Super League.