Watch: Ronaldo skies great chance after sumptuous Luke Shaw pass

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Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo during the draw at Newcastle United, St James' Park, December 2021.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been lethal in front of goal for Manchester United this season, but he’d clearly forgotten his shooting boots for the Premier League game against Burnley at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Ronaldo has been the source of much debate since his transfer back to Manchester in the summer.

After a little dallying, he did choose United over City, much to the relief of the Old Trafford faithful. But many pundits and journalists have suggested that his arrival has caused issues tactically, because of how little work Ronaldo does off the ball.

Whether that is the case or not, we’re not going to argue about it here. But one this is for sure: Ronaldo has brought the brilliant goalscoring form he showed at Juventus and Real Madrid back to England with him.

Going into the Burnley game, he already had seven goals in 12 starts in the Premier League to add to his six in five in the Champions League.

But when he was presented with a glorious opportunity to score at Old Trafford against Burnley on Thursday night, he showed that even he misses them sometimes.

Luke Shaw picked the ball up on the left of the pitch and sent a poetic through ball curling off his left instep and towards Ronaldo.

The perma-tan-sporting Portuguese striker then controlled the ball brilliantly with his head, nodding himself in for a one-on-one with Wayne Hennessey.

You’d have stuck a significant sum on the back of the net bulging.

It didn’t.

Instead, Ronaldo showed a rare clog-footedness to punt the ball into the stand behind the Burnley goalkeeper’s net.

As it happened, it mattered little. By half-time, United led 3-1, with Ronaldo getting his having found his range, to add to an earlier strike from Scott McTominay and an own goal from Ben Mee.

 


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