Hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo helped Manchester United to a crucial 3-2 victory in a thrilling Premier League clash with Tottenham’s top four rivals. The crucial double leg at Old Trafford starts on Saturday night when Atlético Madrid arrive in the Champions League. on the Tuesday after the match, which according to Ralf Rangnick, is mandatory for his team.
United did not disappoint, with Ronaldo bouncing off injury with a superb 25 -yard shot and adding another after Harry Kane equalized from the penalty spot. The hosts underestimated an unintended draw after Harry Maguire’s own goal, only for the 37 -year -old to overtake the others to take a corner kick and cause Old Trafford a stir.
On Saturday, Ronaldo played years ahead of other sports giants who have shown incredible longevity as he watched NFL player Tom Brady clap in awe after his first long-distance appearance. One of the former quarterback’s biggest fans equaled Tottenham when Kane scored a penalty, but United resumed the break after Ronaldo scored his second goal.
Captain Maguire’s own goal stunned Old Trafford, but Ronaldo did not stop after he returned with a hip flexor problem that prevented him from an embarrassing defeat at Manchester City as he completed his hat -trick.
At the end of the match, which had been played in a tense, uncertain state from the beginning, a roaring roar was heard. United dealt with Corona’s test confusion on improvement but looked bright from the start, despite faltering as Spurs attacked on the wing.
Ronaldo has seen a penalty appeal dismissed when an early kick hits Eric Dier’s arm, but he will soon be celebrating a stunning debut. Fred quickly sent in Raphael Varane in a patient attack until the veteran picked up the ball and landed a stunning 25-yard shot for Hugo Lloris in the 12th minute.
Old Trafford were impressive and Paul Pogba fired a wide curling shot at Spurs as they targeted a quick second. However, the game is not biased. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg did a throat shot on David De Gea and the offside flag was saved by United when Son Heung-min scored against Ben Davis at the end of a beautiful smooth run.
The game went back and forth when Ronaldo headed in before Diogo Dalot parried Dier’s header from a corner outside the line. Spurs pressure paid off ahead of the break, with an impressive acquisition in January by Dejan Kulusevski beating Jadon Sancho and firing through a cross inserted by Alex Telles.
Referee Jon Moss pointed a penalty point and Kane fired a penalty from De Gea’s reach in the 35th minute, but Spurs only remained equal for three minutes. Nemanja Matic put Sancho behind the Spurs back row and Ronaldo fired in towards Lloris as the visitors called for an offside. ToVARchecked and Sergio Reguilon played with Sancho in the game.
Spurs equalized again before half -time, and play continued in the second half on the same principle. Reguilon cut Sancho’s cross at United’s quick break and Son hit the other end of Kulusevski’s smart pass. Ronaldo forced Lloris to play from a tight angle, but Spurs held them back for the second time.
Conte’s men looked dangerous on the wing all afternoon, with Reguilon’s cross being pushed by United captain Maguire past his goalkeeper, with Christian Romero lurking offside behind him. The Argentina international looked attractive to Maguire after the equalizer but was unsatisfied for a long time.
Ronaldo, who saw another shot saved, dodged Romero and jumped over Matt Doherty to meet Telles corner with a roaring header in front of Stretford End. The 81st minute goal proved decisive and defender Victor Lindelof immediately replaced the best player of the match as United scored three crucial points.