Cristiano Ronaldo during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park, Birmingham, November 2022.

The Premier League table since Ronaldo’s last game for Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United in November 2022 and, given their form since, it’s safe to say his old club haven’t missed him much.

Ronaldo played his last match for United at the beginning of November, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 defeat against Aston Villa.

Days after, the veteran striker burnt all his bridges at Old Trafford in an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, giving United no option but to cancel his contract.

“This was always going to happen,” Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said in the aftermath. “It was always going to end like this. That’s exactly why I said 18 months ago: it was a massive mistake for Manchester United to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club.

“They [United] should be enjoying themselves and then the Ronaldo interview comes out and boom – it’s about negativity. Not the team, not the manager – it’s about Cristiano Ronaldo.

“And it’s been like that since he’s come back. It’s basically been the Cristiano Ronaldo show.

“At times that’s been good on the pitch, last season he got a lot of goals. But this season he’s not involved and he’s craving the attention that he can’t get because he’s not on the pitch.

“The only way he’s going to do that is by causing trouble and that was exactly his intention with the interview.”

Ronaldo moved to Saudi Arabia after the World Cup, signing for Al Nassr, while United have gone from strength to strength on the field.

Marcus Rashford has scored 13 goals in 15 appearances, making him the most in-form goalscorer in Europe, while Alejandro Garnacho has emerged as an incredibly exciting young prospect.

We’ve crunched the numbers to work out the Premier League table since Ronaldo’s final appearance for Manchester United, and it makes better reading for the club than the player.

Note: All teams have played eight games unless otherwise specified.

1. Manchester United – 23 points, GD +11 (Played 10)
2. Brentford – 18 points, GD +10
3. Arsenal – 17 points, GD +8
4. Manchester City – 16 points, GD +7 (Played 9)
5. Fulham – 16 points, GD +5 (Played 9)
6. Brighton – 14 points, GD +6
7. Newcastle United – 14 points, GD +5
8. Nottingham Forest – 14 points, GD 0
9. Wolves – 13 points, GD 0
10. Aston Villa – 13 points, GD -1
11. Tottenham – 13 points, GD -2 (Played 9)
12. Leicester City – 10 points, GD 0
13. Chelsea – 10 points, GD 0 (Played 9)
14. Liverpool – 10 points, GD -3 (Played 7)
15. West Ham United – 6 points, GD -5
16. Crystal Palace – 6 points, GD -8 (Played 9)
17. Bournemouth – 5 points, GD -7
18. Leeds United – 4 points, GD -7 (Played 9)
19. Everton – 4 points, GD -9 (Played 7)
20. Southampton – 3 points, GD -10

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