Ronaldo backed for successful second Man Utd spell by Bale
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Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to inspire Manchester United to victory over Young Boys on Tuesday evening despite finding the net for his side’s only goal of the match. The mercurial 36-year-old continued his stunning form for the Red Devils with a close-range finish inside 13 minutes after he was picked out by Bruno Fernandes with a delightful cross-field pass.
Ronaldo was found in acres of space by his international team-mate inside the box before poking the ball through the legs of Young Boys goalkeeper David von Ballmoos and over the line.
However, United went on to squander their early advantage after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge as half-time approached.
Young Boys drew level when Moumi Ngamaleu found the net on 66 minutes before Ronaldo was replaced by Jesse Lingard with less than 20 minutes remaining.
The former West Ham loanee then gifted Jordan Siebatcheu a last-gasp winner with a loose pass that was gobbled up by the American forward, who finished past the onrushing David de Gea to condemn United to a shocking defeat.
Although the result was far from optimal for the Red Devils, Ronaldo returned to the pitch after the final whistle to delight a steward by gifting her his match-worn shirt.
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The gesture came after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner struck her with a stray effort on goal during the pre-match warm-ups.
His shot careered wide of the mark and smacked into the steward, who collapsed to the ground and required medical attention as a result of the incident.
Ronaldo hopped the advertising boards to check on her wellbeing before sounding her out after the game had finished to hand over his shirt.
The steward was chuffed with her gift and proudly donned it for the cameras as she threw up a heart gesture to the United forward.
Ronaldo was also spotted remonstrating on the touchline next to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he was taken off during the second half of the match.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand insisted that although Ronaldo’s leadership qualities cannot be understated, he should have been told to return to his spot on the bench by the Red Devils boss.
“If I’m the manager, I’ve got to be honest, I’m telling him to sit down,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“I get it. You know, with Cristiano people go: ‘Oh it’s bravado, it’s for the fans’. He’s just a passionate guy.
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“He wants to win, he’s desperate to win, and he can’t hold it in. If that means he has to go up there and stand next to the manager shouting instructions, so be it.
“When it’s someone of his standing and stature in the game how can you argue with it?”
Ronaldo will be hoping to maintain his prolific form for the Red Devils when they travel to London to face West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.
He scored twice on his second debut for the club against Newcastle United on Saturday and played the full 90 minutes upon his long-awaited return to Old Trafford.
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