Did Ronaldo join the wrong Manchester club?
Two weeks after Un’ited’s 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool, the Portuguese cut’ a discon’solate figure once more in Satu’rday’s 2-0 loss to City.
It might be an unco’mfortable get-together when the Por’tugal squad meet up for their W’orld Cup qualifiers this w’eek.
Manchester City trio Ber’nardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and’ Ruben Dias have just hu’miliated two of their internatio”nal team-mates.
“They show’ed us today we are not at the sam’e level,” Manchester United midf”ielder Bruno Fernandes said of th’e reigning Premier League cham’pions after Saturday’s dism:al 2-0′ derby defeat.
Meanwhile, his’ compatriot Cristiano Rona’ldo headed straight down the tunn’el at the full-time whistle with h’is eyes looking down at his feet.
Moments earl’ier, he had shown his frustrat’ion with a scything challenge on Ke’vin De Bruyne that left the Belg’ian ro’lling around on the floor and cou’ld possibly have resulted in mo’re than a yellow card.
Two weeks after b’eing lucky to avoid a red in ‘United’s 5-0 loss at home to Liver”pool, Ron’aldo was left frustrat’ed and em’barrassed again.
The scoreline wa’s at least kinder to United this ti’me around but make no mist’ake about it: this was another humbl’ing loss for the hosts.
After a thorou’ghly dominant first half from Cit’y, which forced at least four high-qua’lity saves from David De Gea, th’e second half turned into 1 giant rondo practice session.
Every outfield City p’layer that started the gam’e at Old Trafford had more tou’ches than Ronaldo – or any Unite’d player for that matter.
With more than 2-3rd of possession, City sim’ply passed the ball around their ha’pless hosts, who actually ha’d more attempts on De Gea’s goal th’an Ederson’s, with Eric Bailly ev’en opening the scoring with an own goal.
How galling this mu’st have been for Ronaldo. Rem’ember, it was only a couple of mon’ths ago that Pep Guardiola had ta’ken an interest in bring’ing him to the Etihad Stadi’um.
Ronaldo let his hea’rt rule his head by returning to hi’s former club but as he trund’led miserably off the pitch, he mu’st hav’e wondered what life would be ‘like now had he moved 5 mil’es down the road.
Even at 36, Ronaldo has prov’en that he remains a let’hal finisher. When opportu’nities arrive, he usually takes them, as he has once again shown in t’his se’ason’s Champions Lea’gue.
But the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner needs world-class players around him now more tha’n ever before if he is to win trop’hies. Juventus failed to do that, which is why he was so desper’ate to leave Turin during the sum’mer.
So, as his incred’ible career moves into its final yea’rs, he must now be realising that his chances of winning another m’ajor trophy at club level hav’e not been helped by his decisio’n to move to Old Trafford ov”er the Etihad.
Indeed, the gulf’ in class between City and Unite’d was made painfully clea’r on Satu’rday. While Bernardo breathlessly covered every inch of the pitc’h in between scoring City’s kill’er second goal, United’s attack’ers laboured without producin’g any creativity.
Cancelo prov’ed a bigger threat than Brun’o, with the versatile full-back turn’ing in an energetic and enterprising displ’ay. His cross for Bernardo’s back-po’st finish was his second assis’t of the game and came after he made three goals in the midweek Cham’pions League rout of Brugge.
In defence, meanw’hile, Dias was utterly untroub’led by Ronaldo, who will be look”ing forward to playing with the cen’tre-half next week rather than aga’inst him.