Cristiano Ronaldo clearly doesn’t want to be benched any more this season. The Manchester United star forward started against Arsenal and scored two goals, surpassing the 800-goal mark for his career, to lead Man United to an all-important 3-2 win over Arsenal.
It was a critical victory because it lifted Man United to seventh place in the Premier League standings, just two points behind Arsenal (5th place) and three points out of the all-important fourth-place spot that gifts a berth in the Champions League at season’s end.
United actually fell behind in the match to a bizarre goal scored by Emile Smith Rowe who shot on goal while Man United goalkeeper was down injured on the ground. It was initially disallowed, but the VAR reviewed it and saw that it was a teammate who fouled De Gea.
The Red Devils scored a timely equalizer just before halftime when Bruno Fernandes sent a cross into the back of the net to make it 1-1
The teams started the second half strong and exchanged goals with Ronaldo scoring first — the 800th of his career for both club and country — and Martin Odegaard replying for Arsenal on nearly identical goals.
The winner came on a penalty kick, which Ronaldo converted. It was originally not awarded, but the VAR stepped in to flag the infraction by Odegaard, who fouled Fred in the Arsenal box with a late slide tackle.
ARS — Emile Smith Rowe — 17th min.
MANU — Bruno Fernandes (Fred) — 44th min.
MANU — Cristiano Ronaldo (Marcus Rashford) — 52nd min.
ARS — Martin Odegaard (Gabriel Martinelli) — 55th min.
MANU — Cristiano Ronaldo (penalty kick)— 70th min.
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