Cristiano Ronaldo makes young Man Utd fan’s weekend with gesture on way to training
Manchester United players met at the Carrin’gton training base a day before their Premier Lea’gue fixture against West Ham.’
The young lad was positi’oned on the side of the road, not too far from Carri’ngton’s entra’nce with a cardboard sign hoping to catch a glimpse of the five-time Ball’on d’Or wi’nner.
His sign read: “Ronaldo please could you stop. It would make my wee’kend.”
And when the 36-year-old appro’ached the youngster in his £170,000 Lamborghini Urus he granted the boy’s req’uest and pulled over.
The lad ma’naged to get a quick snap with the £385,000-a-week club icon before excha’nging brief pleasan’tries.
It’s a little, but touc’hing gest’ure from the man who has scored three goals in two appear’ances since retur’ning to Manch’ester.
Ronaldo was one of many of the United squad arriv’ing at the Carri’ngton train’ing base before Sunday’s away fixture at West Ham.
Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles were also snap’ped on the same road but both have had limi’ted game time this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s arri’val has not only had an impact on the fans – recording record shirt sales followi’ng his sign’ing – but also on the players.
However, Ole Gu’nnar Solskjaer has played down any such notion that the play’ers are unable to cope with his pres’ence.
“I think it’s life as nor’mal, we’ve signed a good player,” said the Un’ited boss.
“There’s always loads of atten’tion around Cristiano Ronaldo, he copes with it and the players, they just get on with the job and cope with it as well.
“It was a big occa’sion of course last week with Newcastle, the excite’ment of the crowd and I thought we did rea’lly well, we handled the situa’tion and of course Cristiano Ronaldo, as well, delivered.”
Ronaldo’s debut saw him score twice against Newcastle and lead United to an impo’rtant win in the Premier League.
But his goal against Young Boys in the Champions League wasn’t enough to prevent defeat in Bern, Switze’rland.
And Solskjaer reve’aled the dress’ing room’s react’ion to the midw’eek loss.
“Of co’urse, you wait to see, when you see them this mo’rning, when you come back in,” he said.
“The attit’ude is like you expe’ct it to [be], they’re focused, of course a little bit disappo’inted but not too downbeat.
“You know it’s a set’back, we have to do better and we’ve got five games to get those 10, 12 poi’nts we need.
“Of course, it’s not the start we wan’ted but we’re a team that can bou’nce back again and the gro’up is very good.”