Cristiano Ronaldo brings Manchester United closer to the Champions zone

Cristiano Ronaldo brings Manchester United closer to the Champions zone

Tottenham (4th) and Arsenal (now 6th) lost 1-0 in their respective matches on Saturday against Brighton and Southampton, on matchday 33 of the Premier League, where Manchester United beat bottom club Norwich 3-2 and placed fifth.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the absolute star of the ‘Red Devils’, with a ‘triple’ at Old Trafford, which allows his team to be the great beneficiary of the day in the race for the ‘Top 4’, which is close to 3 points.

The game was much more complicated than expected for Manchester United against the last classified.

Cristiano Ronaldo put the locals ahead in the first half hour (minutes 7 and 32), but Norwich surprised by balancing afterwards, with goals from Kieran Dowell (45+1) and Teemu Pukki (52).

It had to be the Portuguese star again who came to United’s rescue, with a bit of direct free kick (76), who left the three points in the ‘Teatro de los Sueños’ and gave wings to his team in the exciting race for European positions.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored three very important goals for us,” said United’s Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea.

We know we’re not playing very well, but we got the three points. We should have controlled the game better, against Norwich at home,” he acknowledged.

Manchester United is thus reunited with victory after its last disappointments, since en the last two league games he had barely added a point (draw with Leicester, loss to Everton).

– Bad day for Tottenham and Arsenal

The day had started with an unexpected setback for Tottenham, fourth-placed and last team in that long-awaited ‘Champions zone’. Brighton (10th), very relaxed due to their position in the table, won 1-0 in London by a goal from Belgian Leandro Trossard, who recovered a ball in the area to beat Hugo Lloris (0-1, minute 90).

Harry Kane was totally transparent for Tottenham in this game and Son Heung-min could not be decisive either.

“Today we did everything too slowly. It has not been a good match for us“, stated the Italian coach of the ‘Spurs’, Antonio Conte.

Arsenal, who started the day fifth and now it is sixth to be overtaken by Manchester United, They could have reached Tottenham on points if they beat Southampton (12th), but far from it, they even lost 1-0.

Southampton’s goal scorer in that match was the Pole Jan Bednarek (44).

Arsenal chain a second setback followed, having lost 2-1 to Brighton the previous day.

In the other match on Saturday, Brentford (11th) won 2-1 on their way to Watford’s ground (19th), which is still in relegation positions.

The 33rd matchday has seen four of its matches postponed (Aston Villa-Liverpool, Leeds-Chelsea, Everton-Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton-Manchester City) because this weekend the semifinals of the English Cup are also played.

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