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Ronaldo’s Movement; A Key Factor In Manchester United’s Title Challenge

Manchester United produced an emphatic display by defeating Newcastle United by 4 goals to 1 on a day where the fans, old players and even opposition players celebrated the return of the legend, Cristiano Ronaldo.

United’s dominance was hardly seen in the first half of the game but Ronaldo proved why he is currently the leading goal scorer in all football competitions in the world by following up on a rebound ball to tap the ball for his first goal for the club since 2009.

The first goal is a product of his sleek movement, a trait only world class players and goal scorers such as Messi, Cavani, Aguero and Suarez possess. Although it was a goalkeeping error from the Newcastle goalkeeper, Ronaldo was the only player from both teams to actually make a movement towards the ball and this resulted in a simple tap-in for the five time Champions League and Balon'Dor winner.

In the second half also, Ronaldo switched from the number 9 role to a classic winger, this caused a lot of problems for Newcastle as they struggled to man-mark him. This eventually leads to the second goal as he was left unmarked in a counter attack situation.

Since the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, Manchester United have lacked the goal scoring threat from a striker, with Martial and Rashford always preferring to play at the wings rather than upfront. The addition of Cavani boosted Manchester United’s scoring ratio as he came off the bench to score important goals last season. However, with the addition of Ronaldo and his key trait of being able to switch between the lines, United can now boast of a complete team.

This could actually be the season that Manchester United win the English Premier League after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

What are your thoughts about Ronaldo’s Movement and his impact on the team?

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