Throwback: Berbatov sets up Ronaldo goal v West Ham with stunning assist
During his first spell at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo registered five goals and an assist in seven games against West Ham.
But it was United team-mate Dimitar Berbatov who dominated the headlines following their 2-0 win over the Hammers in October 2008.
Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 14th minute, meeting Nani’s cross and firing a first-time effort past Robert Green.
Berbatov then embarrassed James Collins with a stunning piece of skill on the by-line before squaring the ball for Ronaldo to slot in his second.
“If it hadn’t finished with a goal, it would just be another trick. But when you make a goal its extra special, and if the goal is scored by Ronaldo it puts even more weight on the assist,” Berbatov told FourFourTwo in 2018.
“After he scored I tried to look so cool – no emotion, just walking back to the halfway line, like nothing happened, like ‘yeah, this is a usual day for me’ but inside I was like ‘did you all see that?'”
Berbatov: “My favourite moment with Ronaldo was when I set him up for the easiest goal of his life, against West Ham. I was going to finish it myself, but I was feeling generous that day.” #mufc [Betfair]
— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) July 9, 2020