The World Player of the Year did it again! After scoring twice in midweek to fire Manchester United into the Champions League final, Cristiano Ronaldo put his name on the scoring sheet once again in Sundayâ€™s Mancunian derby.
Manchester United went into the game behind Liverpool on goal difference so a victory on home soil was very much needed for the Red Devils to reaffirm their authority at the top of the league and ultimately pave their way through to possibly clinch the English Premier League title for the third year running.
Cristiano Ronaldo had suffered a disturbing game at the City of Manchester Stadium in the first leg of this fixture, but it was a different thing all together this time around.
Manchester United were awarded a free-kick eighteen minutes into the game and Ronaldo took this opportunity to prove his worth once again.
The reigning European top scorer earlier last week revealed his desire to increase his tally to 30 goals this season with few games to go before Manchester Unitedâ€™s campaign comes to an end.
Well, he looks to be on the right track to achieving his dream. Ronaldo fired the ball into the net from 25 yards to give Manchester United the lead from this free-kick. It was the Portugueseâ€™s 26th goal of the season.
Carlos Tevez then sealed Manchester Unitedâ€™s victory with a strike at the stroke of half-time to send the Red Devils ramping at the top of the league table.
With the Champions League final and the remainder of the EPL season matches in Fergieâ€™s mind, the Old Scot decided to substitute Ronaldo for Rooney thirty minutes from time.
There was a nasty little incident though when the 24-year-old revealed his anger at being substituted. (View the video below to see how Ronaldo reacted when being substituted)
All the same, Ronaldoâ€™s opener against Manchester City was another master-piece from the master of free-kicks, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s angry reaction
Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City – All the goals
Many thanks to CRF’s Best Fan of the Year Adrian for giving me these two videos.
Written by: Angela Asante