Ronaldo played his 200th Premier League game and did not score. After his release, “Manchester United” missed the victory
Cristiano Ronaldo became only the fifth player in history to play 200 or more matches in two different top leagues (in his case, the Premier League and Primera). A proposal to name four others would be a good quiz assignment, but we’ll just say that they are Fernando Torres (major leagues in England and Spain), Hugo Lloris (France and England), Kevin Gameiro (Spain and France), and teammate Ronaldo Edinson Cavani (France and Italy).
Cavani started the match at the base, while Ronaldo, having scored five goals in the first five games since his return, ended up on the bench. This decision by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is due to a complex schedule, which said before the game:
“Absolutely no explanation – well, this is TV. No common sense. Last year in Turkey we had the same scenario. Chelsea and I played on Wednesday night. So it was easy to play on Sunday, and Liverpool and Man City on Saturday. Common sense, it seems, may not be so commonplace. “
In the absence of Ronaldo, not only Cavani played in front, but also Anthony Martial – they made a beautiful goal. Cavani distracted Michael Keane’s attention , and Martial responded to a penetrating pass from Bruno Fernandes and struck the goalkeeper with a blow to the near one:
Manchester United could concede before the break ( David de Gea did an excellent job with a long-range shot by Demaray Gray ), but he could have scored more than one goal. Ronaldo appeared at the beginning of the second half – and conceded shortly after his release. A corner kick at Everton’s goal led to his own quick counterattack, during which Fred managed to lose the fight twice. Gray, Abdoulaye Doukoure and Andros Townsend played excellently in the counterattack:
Moreover, Townsend allowed himself to celebrate the goal exactly in the style of Ronaldo, taking the proprietary stance.
“You know, no disrespect, this guy is my idol. I grew up watching him, spending hours on the training field trying to replicate his moves. Perhaps I should have spent more time celebrating. It was more of a tribute to Cristiano, “Townsend admitted after the match.
With an equal score, Ronaldo had one chance, but did not get into the far corner. Everton could have won, but Tom Davis, instead of hitting two-on-one, decided to give the pass to Jerry Meena offside. In the end, “MU” did not create a single really dangerous moment – Paul Pogba, purely in class, almost spun the ball into the far top corner, but it was the team interactions that left much to be desired.
It is unlikely that Cristiano saw his anniversary match in the Premier League just like that.