Ronaldo’s shot caused a “drama” penalty at Man Utd to rise
05 Feb 2022 | 03:55 | Football
The 37-year-old superstar is usually accurate in 11-meter situations, but the miss in the last encounter was an exception.
Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to put up a performance as expected in the encounter with Middlesbrough. The Portuguese striker lacked connection with teammates and missed many delicious situations.
Ronaldo missed the penalty early in the game.
The striker who just turned 37 years old could not even show complaining expressions, because the satellites around him did a good job in this match.
However, the real opportunity to score for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner finally came, when Paul Pogba was fouled in the penalty area, helping the home team win a penalty.
As usual, Ronaldo is the one standing in front of the 11-meter mark. The moment the superstar born in 1985 ran, many fans at Old Trafford thought of the familiar “siu” celebration, but everything turned to a different scenario, when CR7 suddenly brought the ball out. .
With the chances that Man Utd had, they could have created a gap of 4 to 5 goals before the half-time whistle sounded, and the missed penalty once again showed the lack of grace. from the home team’s players.
Remember at the beginning of the season, after Bruno Fernandes missed an 11-meter kick in the encounter with Aston Villa, the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder has had to give the privilege to his compatriot star since then.
Bruno still shows the ability to shoot a high-class pen.
Although in the penalty shootout in the last encounter, Ronaldo did not let the same mistake repeat. However, his previous miss brought up the debate about whether CR7 or Bruno are the more prestigious penalty kick stars, or Man Utd need another pen striker.
Bruno has proven his ability to take penalties from his time at Sporting until he wore the Red Devils shirt.
The 1994-born player scored from nine penalties last season in the Premier League , only missing one, helping Man Utd finish in second place, just behind Man City.
Is Ronaldo or Bruno really the one who should be assigned the responsibility of kicking the pen?
The Portuguese midfielder showed that his coldness in the face of situations was still there, after a decisive finish in the penalty shootout against Boro.
Bruno has had to make a lot of sacrifices since Ronaldo joined Man Utd. In the coming period, maybe CR7 is still in charge of the penalty kick, but if the former Juventus player misses another chance, coach Rangnick should think about giving Bruno the right to kick back.
Besides, the interim captain of the Red Devils still has a few other quality options such as Paul Pogba or Marcus Rashford, stars who have often stood in front of the 11-meter mark in the past.