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Cristiano Ronaldo's emotional outburst during Man Utd vs Omonia sums up his career right now

Daniel Marland

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Cristiano Ronaldo's emotional outburst during Man Utd vs Omonia sums up his career right now

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't hide his emotions at the end of Manchester United's 3-2 victory over Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League.

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The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was given a rare start up front by manager Erik ten Hag, but he had a very tough evening.

Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes but failed to get on the scoresheet, despite having several chances.

The 37-year-old hoped to score his 700th career goal after grabbing his 699th against Sheriff Tiraspol last month.

Midway through the first half, he fired a free-kick high and wide into the stands to jeers from those inside the ground.

He failed to hit the target from a header minutes later, with tempers starting to boil at this point.

After the break, Ronaldo angrily punched the air after putting another effort wide.

The worst miss of them all came with 15 minutes to go. Ronaldo had a chance from eight yards out but crashed it against the post.

He'd had enough by the time injury time rolled around. After some neat work to evade his marker, the Portugal international failed to put enough curve on a shot.

After watching it go wide, Ronaldo looked into the air and let out a massive yell. He's desperate to contribute more goals to this team.

Omonia took a shock lead in the first half through Karim Ansarifard. He picked the pocket of Tyrell Malacia before slotting past David de Gea with ease.

United fielded a strong XI, but ten Hag opted to make two changes at halftime. Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw replaced Jadon Sancho and Malacia, which was a wise move.

Rashford scored a brace to put United ahead before Anthony Martial made it 3-1 off the bench.

Omonia did manage to grab a consolation five minutes from time to make it a nervy finale. United held on to seal consecutive European victories and stay second in Group E.

United players celebrate out in Cyprus. (Image Credit: Alamy)
United players celebrate out in Cyprus. (Image Credit: Alamy)

Ten Hag was asked about Ronaldo, who hasn't scored a club goal from open play since April, at full-time.

He said: "I think they [his shots] were on target as well. The first two, good saves from the goalie, so he had a couple of chances, he created a couple of chances.

"He was involved with a good run with the first goal for Marcus Rashford, so he had an impact in this game.

"I think we created a lot of chances tonight, we count them only in the first-half already 14, so there was a lot of threat to the opponent's goal."

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport

Topics: Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo, Europa League

Daniel Marland
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