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Ronaldo helps Man Utd win easily Burnley

31 Dec 2021 | 05:24 | Football

Cristiano Ronaldo contributed one goal and one assist, helping Man Utd beat Burnley 3-1 in round 20 of the Premier League on December 30.

Playing at home, but Man Utd started the match incoherent. They let Burnley twice threaten David De Gea’s goal in the first six minutes, both from Chris Wood’s shots. On the opposite side of the goal, Cristiano Ronaldo missed the opportunity to open the scoring when he shot over the bar in the face of the goalkeeper. The Portuguese superstar previously escaped the offside trap from Luke Shaw’s cross.
In the open game, the host did not have to wait long to open the score. In the eighth minute, Ronaldo caught the ball on the edge of the penalty area from a pass from Mason Greenwood. His slightly long control inadvertently became an assist for Scott McTominay to put his heart low into the near corner. The Scottish midfielder’s seventh consecutive goal at Old Trafford.

With the diagram of two strikers Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani, Man Utd does not overwhelm the opponent in the relegation race group. But they found a lot of space thanks to the squad spread across the field. In the 27th minute, Shaw overlapped with Jadon Sancho on the left wing. The English midfielder turned the ball into the penalty area, then hit Ben Mee’s foot into the net.

Losing before two goals made it difficult for the away team to kick. Their waves often ended early, or left to Chris Wood’s aerial ability. Man Utd played leisurely in the second half of the first half, but often found a scoring opportunity when accelerating. In the 35th minute, McTominay shot the ball over the bar. Ronaldo appeared in the right place to cushion the empty goal, raising the score to 3-0. Man Utd scored three goals in the first half of the English Premier League for the first time since February.

Coach Ralf Rangnick adjusted this defense, when Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka returned to the starting lineup. Eric Bailly also replaced Raphael Varane to partner Harry Maguire. But, Man Utd defenders still sometimes make mistakes. In the 38th minute, Wan-Bissaka lost the ball in the middle, letting Aaron Lennon rush into the penalty area and then cross the corner to beat De Gea. The veteran player’s first goal against Man Utd after 23 meetings with the Old Trafford team. Lennon first met Man Utd when he played for Leeds Utd in 2003, when he was 16 years old.
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Man Utd did not want to be dragged into the chase during the 80th birthday celebration of Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in the stands. They also have not lost on the last day of the year in the last nine Premier League seasons. Man Utd therefore started the second half slower. Coach Rangnick’s students maintained a moderate pace, held the ball firmly and did not let Burnley create scoring opportunities.

Two old strikers Ronaldo and Cavani are active. Together they created the first chance in the second half when Ronaldo headed the pass for Cavani to volley from close range. But, the Uruguayan striker had previously fallen into an offside position. McTominay also missed the opportunity to score twice with a long shot that was pushed over the bar by goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. Both Man Utd and Burnley actively shot, but there were no more goals.

The homeowner’s ripple in this match was Bailly’s injury in the middle of the second half. The Ivory Coast midfielder was replaced by Varane. Towards the end of the game, captain Maguire limped after a dispute with Tarkowski. Central defender is a worrying position for coach Rangnick, when Victor Lindelof has not returned after suffering a heart problem.

The victory at the end of 2021 brought Man Utd back to the top 6 with 31 points after 18 games, one point more than Tottenham but kicked one more game. Rangnick’s teachers and students are still four points away from Arsenal’s fourth place. They meet Wolves in the next round on January 4.

Man Utd earned 14 points from the last six games, under Michael Carrick and Rangnick, 10 more than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last six

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