Cristiano Ronaldo hits 700 goals for the club in Manchester United win
LIVERPOOL, England-Cristiano Ronaldo came on from the bench to help Manchester United win a tough 2-1 win over Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, taking his career tally to 700.
Like United did last weekend in their derby at the hands of local rivals Manchester City, they fell behind again early at Goodison Park after Alex Iwobi’s superb shot into the net from close range. 20 meters.
However, the visitors reacted much better this time around and soon leveled things out when big signing Antony went home, the Brazilian becoming the first United player to score in his first three appearances. in the Premier League.
Ronaldo’s replacement then unexpectedly entered the fight early after Anthony Martial picked up a back injury and took just 14 minutes to score his first Premier League goal of the season, his 144th for United in two rounds. fight.
United striker Marcus Rashford thought he was certain to double his fifth win in six league games for the visitors at the end of the season but his attempt was scrapped after a VAR review for the phase. the ball touches hands with the English striker.
Everton never really looked like finding a late equalizer as United held on to the win to put them in fifth place with 15 points, nine points ahead of leaders Arsenal. Everton’s first loss in seven league games leaves them 12th with 10 points.
“It’s hard to count goals for Ronaldo because every week seems to be a new record,” Portugal international Bruno Fernandes told BT Sport.
“I am really happy because he worked so hard to get this goal. Today he got the goal and won and that was the most important thing for him, that the team won. “
Everton improved later, as they won their previous two games from just one win in the previous 10, with confidence brimming as they started the game against United.
Alex Iwobi is enjoying a fantastic season at the heart of Everton’s midfield, having previously played as a winger, scoring his first Premier League goal from outside the box to nearly lift the roof off the pitch. a wet Goodison.
However, defensive errors were still too common at Everton, as Idrissa Gueye was caught by Fernandes, before Martial passed the ball to Antony to equalize for United.
Aside from Iwobi’s brilliant strike, Everton failed to make another attack in the opening period, with United’s Christian Eriksen and Martial being denied by Jordan Pickford’s clever saves.
Martial’s game didn’t last much longer as he was replaced by Ronaldo, limping after picking up another injury in a disappointing season.
Ronaldo’s key strike felt familiar as former Real Madrid team-mate Casemiro, making his first Premier League appearance, overtook him, and the 37-year-old’s powerful shot did. the rest.
United had plenty of chances to score after the break, but Eriksen and Rashford missed the target from good positions.
Excited by the VAR change, Everton threatened United’s goal, with his replacement and former United midfielder James Garner denied by a sporting save from De Gea.
However, the guests saw their 100th Premier League game win after conceding their first goal – it was the most won in league history.
“It’s disappointing because we’re on the right track,” Everton manager Frank Lampard told BT Sport.
“United held the ball well and moved the ball well. There’s a lot I can reflect on in the game but when you look at it in daylight, it was our two mistakes that led to the goal. “
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