Cristiano Ronaldo finally grabbed his 700th club goal as Manchester United defeated Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park.
Manchester United returned to winning ways against Merseyside club Everton at Goodison Park after three goals from the first half settled the scores.
Nigeria international, Alex Iwobi, nearly made it a nightmare for the Red Devils when a dramatic opening minute of the first half saw him weave a powerful thunderbolt into the far post.
The goal swung Everton into a surprise lead, with Manchester United trailing although dominating possession.
Nevertheless, the euphoria was short-lived as Manchester United finally found an equalizer with Antony’s right-foot low shot, canceling out Alex Iwobi’s early goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo made the headlines after he finally grabbed his 700th club goal.
As usual, Cristiano Ronaldo was consigned to the bench by Erik Ten Hag, with Antony, Martial, and Marcus Rashford leading the attack for the Red Devils.
Anthony Martial, who had recently returned from injury had to limp off the pitch after picking up an injury again. Hence, Cristiano Ronaldo was brought on to replace him.
The embattled Portuguese star did not waste his chance again, and he made it count in style with an assist from Casemiro.
Iwobi, who fired the host into the lead in the first half, was at fault. Picking the ball in Manchester United’s half, he tried to dribble past Casemiro, who dispossessed him and threaded a through ball to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo then picked his pace down the right flank and raced free of Conor Coady and stroke the ball into the box.
Jordan Pickford was helpless as a right-footed shot from Cristiano Ronaldo eluded him and slipped into the net, sparking wild celebrations among United supporters in the stadium.
Manchester United took the lead, but the game was Cristiano Ronaldo’s match as he hit his 700th club career goal, a landmark record that has not been achieved by any footballer before.
Cristiano Ronaldo started his senior club career in his home country Sporting Lisbon where he scored five goals for the club.
He later joined Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, where he rose to stardom. Ronaldo’s total goals for Manchester United, both in his first and second stint with the club, has now hit 144 goals.
At Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo hit his highest number of goals for a football club during his spell with the club.
He scored a record 450 goals for the Los Blancos, becoming the all-time highest goal-scorer for the La Liga giants.
At Juventus, Ronaldo struck 101 times for the Old Ladies before making a return to Manchester United.
Ronaldo’s 700th goal comes from recent challenges and struggles under new manager Erik Ten Hag.
The goal is his first Premier League goal this season for Manchester United after eight Premier League matches.
Under Erik Ten Hag, Cristiano Ronaldo makes only cameo appearances off the bench and has seen his game time slashed.
Ronaldo is only included in the first-team lineup in European second-tier club competition – the Europa League, where he has started all matches and scored only one goal.
Meanwhile, after his poor start to the season persists, there were concerns that it may be the right time for Cristiano Ronaldo to hang his boots in the game.
The goal has proven his critics wrong. Cristiano Ronaldo needs game time, not retirement. He has once again proven that if given a chance, he can recreate the magical years.