Manchester United’s season has been hugely underwhelming, with the club’s chances of winning silverware already gone by mid-March.
The 2021/22 season is one to forget, but it will also be one that fans can’t forget, because there have been several memorable moments along the way, to mix in with the horrible memories.
The positives centre around Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 18 goals this season and is United’s top goalscorer even at the age of 37.
Ronaldo’s big moments include a hat-trick against Tottenham, a brace against Arsenal, two late winning goals in the Champions League, and his memorable return game, in which he scored twice. See, it hasn’t been all bad…
Happy to see Ronaldo
Aitor Karanka worked as Jose Mourinho’s assistant at Real Madrid and witnessed Ronaldo as he was entering his peak.
The Spaniard spoke to The Mirror about how excited he still is to see Ronaldo scoring goals at such a high level.
Karanka said: “He is the first player at the training ground and the last player to leave. He always is driven to win and to score goals.
“When I was at Real Madrid, the Ronaldo-Messi competition and the Madrid-Barca rivalry made us better as a team and as individuals. Every match between the two teams was such a big challenge for everyone.
“It is fantastic to see him still playing for Manchester United as a proper leader – he will look for the ball and play as a striker, but when the team has difficulties he is always there.”
Ronaldo has shown quite clearly that he is not an all-encompassing antidote to United’s myriad of problems. He could not get the team past Atletico Madrid last week, using up all his heroics against Tottenham days earlier.
He has shown he has still got some of his old magic in his boots, and his head, and on his day, can win a game single handedly.
Ronaldo wants to stay
The Telegraph reports Ronaldo intends to stay at United next season and see if the club’s fortunes can be improved under a new manager.
This is because he believes in himself, and he believes the club and this team is worth fighting for. Ronaldo would do himself no favours by upping and leaving after one year.
If he does help the team turn it all around in 2022/23, it will be even more rewarding after the travails of this campaign, and that could mean we have several more enjoyable Ronaldo memories to look forward to.