(Manchester United – Norwich 3-2) Champions League hopes are still alive for Manchester United after Cristiano Ronaldo (37), bottom of the table, scored Norwich with three goals.
People say Ronaldo is Manchester United’s problem, but how can he be? It’s why they’re so close to the top four of all-time. Former Manchester United player Owen Hargreaves says he gets the job done and is decisive in the big moments.
It is not enough to rely on him (Ronaldo). We played well at times, but sometimes we slowed down and didn’t use the overtime on the wing. Defensively, I’m not happy at all, United manager Ralph Rangnick told the BBC.
The manager was clearly unhappy with his team’s performance.
– It was very important for us to win, but the way we played was not good enough, says Rangnick.
Ronaldo scored three important goals for us. We know we are not playing well at the moment, but it was important to win, said Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in an interview shown on TV 2.
The results in the other matches were good, but it makes no sense to look at the other results. “We have to up our game,” says Rangnick.
The next two matches for Manchester United will be against Liverpool and Arsenal.
– If we want to get some points from those matches, we have to up our game and play at our best, says Rangnick.
Top table now:
- Manchester City – 31 games, 74 points
- Liverpool – 31 games, 73 points
- Chelsea – 30 games, 62 points
- Tottenham – 32 games, 57 points
- Manchester United – 32 games, 54 points
- Arsenal – 31 games, 54 points
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Manchester United 1-0 after seven minutes of an open goal after preparing Anthony Elanga. The Swede stole the ball from Ben Gibson, who slept in his court.
Ronaldo rose to 2-0 at a corner kick from Alex Telles when he was allowed to go up unimpeded against Gibson in a penalty kick.
But led by duo Kieran Doyle and Timo Pukki, Norwich fought back. First, Pukki served a perfect job on Dowell’s forehead. Early in the second half, the Finn Doyle played beautifully, and alone with the goalkeeper, Pukki was emotional.
Norwich United shook and had several dangerous chances to take the initiative without wanting to.
Norwich played well and had many chances, but we managed to win. We have to fight to the last of the top four, says De Gea.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, had more in stock.
Shot into the goalkeeper’s corner in a free kick from 25 metres. Tim Kroll got the glove on the ball but shot it at the post and into the goal. Thus, Old Trafford can cheer for Ronaldo’s trick and victory after playing a poor goalkeeper.
“Ronaldo made the difference,” Kieran Doyle told the BBC.
note! Parts of Manchester United fans protested against the Glazer family, which owns the club, against the background of the match.
PS2! Matthias Norman played the entire match for the Norwich team.
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