CRISTIANO RONALDO will hit the incredible 800-goal mark of his career for club and country if he scores at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.
And his goal for Manchester United in the Champions League meet Villarreal on Tuesday almost single-handedly sent them into the round of 16 with one game to spare – scoring six of their ten goals in the group stage.
The Portuguese has 10 games in 14 appearances since his return to Old Trafford.
It’s not over yet Some still think the 36-year-old unbalanced United.
The argument is that his late arrival this season has upset Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best plans. He’s not hit enough by all accounts to fit modern systems. Football went on, you know.
You wonder who started the theories people jump into.
The reality is that the hardest part of the game is still what Ronaldo is best at, scoring, and he’s done it 799 times in an incredible 19 years as a player.
No one perceives opportunities as he does, finishes them so effectively or can match him when it comes to heading the ball.
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Few could smell the danger and then were poised to bounce the ball past the keeper for the first time in United’s 2-0 win over Villarreal.
As caretaker boss Michael Carrick said after the game: “That’s what he does in the big games and the big moments – when you need something, he’s there to deliver. grant.
“He has a cold and calculating mentality, he is very calm, does not take chances.”
Just think how much he could win if United had a bit of an assist. Carrick also believes Jadon Sancho is nearing a return to the form that has seen him provide 53 assists and 49 goals in his last three seasons at Borussia Dortmund.
The 21-year-old has failed to provide a goal or assist for United since a £73million summer transfer – until Tuesday night when he had his best game in a Devils shirt Red, scored the first goal in the 90th minute.
Carrick could see that performance coming and predict much of the same.
He added: “Jadon has proven what he can do at such a young age but there is a lot more to come and we are looking forward to what lies ahead.
“Creativity in any team is important and that is why we brought him to the club.
“Sometimes it just takes time to adapt. He’s a young player coming to such a big club in a new league – and it’s not easy just to keep running.
“But there is a spring in his walk now and you can see it in his body language. There’s a small spark, let’s hope it’s bigger.
“He is an excellent player. He was never happier when the ball was at his feet, going to defenders, creating chances and scoring goals.
“But the bigger thing for me is the other side of the game – the pace of work, the mentality.
“He has a huge future ahead of him if he continues to do the right things, take care of himself and have the right attitude.”
United will at least go into tomorrow’s game with some confidence after their crucial European win.
Carrick had an immediate impact, being brought in on a temporary basis after Solskjaer was sacked.
He will be the boss for his second and last game before Ralf Rangnick held the position until the summer, with the club completing his transition from Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was head of sport and development.
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