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Ronaldo and Mata get what they deserve from Manchester United fans

Man United beat Brentford 3-0 through goals from Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane but Juan Mata stole the show.

Juan Mata’s Manchester United career ended where it should have started. Mata, a No.10, lined up on the right-hand side on his United debut against Cardiff under David Moyes in January 2014 and it set the tone for the next eight years. Back in his rightful role behind the centre forward, Mata was magisterial against Brentford


The Spaniard’s farewell appearance to United’s season ticket holders – his first start in the league since the final day of last season – seemed charitable yet Mata had earned it through recent vibrant cameos. Occupying the playmaker role usually reserved for Bruno Fernandes, Mata enhanced United’s link-up play and the relocated Fernandes stealthily met Anthony Elanga’s spirited cross to make it 1-0.


Ralf Rangnick made his mind up about Marcus Rashford months ago and his relegation back to the bench at the expense of Mata, who turned 34 last week and is about to be released, was the final nail. Rashford has the pace Mata always lacked but not the footballing brain.

The only complaint United supporters may have is why Rangnick took so long to promote Mata to the starting XI. Though Brentford’s first league visit to Old Trafford since 1946 occasionally resembled an exhibition match, Thomas Frank’s side were intense and adventurous enough for any pedestrian players to wilt. Mata didn’t.

A scorer in the 2016 FA Cup final and starter in the triumphant League Cup and Europa League finals of 2017, Mata was already assured of a rousing send-off for his two goals at Anfield in 2015. In 70 minutes against Brentford, he confirmed he had been underused in his remaining years, reduced to a spotkick specialist in losing shootouts by Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


It was a night for the old and the new. Recent debutant Alejandro Garnacho was serenaded by the Stretford End and Mata and Cristiano Ronaldo combined, only for the latter to be denied a goal by his offside toenail. Ronaldo earned a shot at his 24th of the season after the interval, winning the penalty he converted. Erik ten Hag has West Ham reject Sebastian Haller spearheading Ajax’s attack and should have no issue finding room for Ronaldo.

Some who had inked Ronaldo’s obituaries a matter of weeks ago have now ripped them up. Ronaldo. He was flexible off the ball and fluid on it, earning a celebratory ‘Siiiiu’ from the crowd for a sliding tackle in his own half, barging Scott McTominay to one side to execute it.

Provided Ronaldo is willing to grace Old Trafford for a second season, Ten Hag has a solution to an attack that is about to see an exodus. Ronaldo was in his element playing with fellow 30-something Mata and was more vexed than him when Mata sliced a shot wide. Ronaldo and Mata’s named were chanted during a swift lap of honour.

Nemanja Matic was removed in the 70th minute, Ronaldo and Scott McTominay going out of their way to clasp hands with the midfielder, who earned a double-high five from Rangnick. Mata soon departed and all four stands rose to their feet.

Fewer did so in the 73rd minute to walk out as part of the protesters’ plan for a mass exodus. One lad in front of the press box yelled at Harry Maguire, sat in the directors’ box, to ‘show some respect, apparently irked by his supposed lack of appreciation for Matic and Raphael Varane’s goal.


Even those who held a banner aloft calling for a walkout appeared to stay behind. Many sang the throwback ‘We’ll support you ever more’, arguably a counter-protest to the protest.

“Where’s your protest gone?” asked the Brentford fans. The final shrill was greeted with applause and ‘Glory glory Man United’, an anthem rarely heard this season, drowned out any dissenters.

Stewards lined up in front of the perimeter but the atmosphere was one of apathy, not animosity. The United matchgoers maintained standards by denying the returning Edinson Cavani an airing on a rare and final appearance in M16. Anyone who would have dared might have been turfed out, never mind walked out.

There were not enough substitutions for the farewells. Cavani and Jesse Lingard are going, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly want to go and so might Dean Henderson. Jones was among the introductions and that was a triumph in itself. A year ago, the chances of playing in front of a crowd again seemed remote and Jones has stayed fit to prolong his career away from Old Trafford. United fans have been more appreciative towards him this season than in previous campaigns.


Elanga made an impression in pre-season with a cushioned volley against Brentford and at the same end his precisely-timed run and prompt cross dictated Fernandes’s finish. Elanga’s direct wing play was all the more impressive as he ended up in the ditch by the advertising hoarding.

Very fantastic evening for Man United.


11-Year-Old Irish Girl Who Got Ronaldo’s Shirt

Cristiano Ronaldo gave a young Irish fan a memorable night when he handed her his match jersey after the World Cup qualifying game.

Young Addison Whelan skipped past a number of security officials before racing to meet her idol who immediately hugged her.

Ronaldo called on the security men to leave her, before the kid pleaded with the star, saying she remains his fan.


A young girl who raced onto the pitch to meet with Cristiano Ronaldo has narrated all that transpired before the five-time Ballon d’Or winner handed her his match shirt, ESPN reports The 11-year-old Addison Whelan will remember the moment forever as she beat security to run and then hugged her idol who, in turn, embraced her.


Addison who is a footballer herself with Shelbourne U-13s disclosed how the Manchester United striker helped her to enjoy the moment.

Ronaldo handed her his shirt immediately after the final whistle blew at The Aviva, and she has narrated how it all went down immediately the match ended.

She told Morning Ireland via SunSport:

Addison Whelan hugs Cristiano Ronaldo’s match-shirt.
Photo: Tim Clayton Source: Getty Images

“I jumped over the barrier because I was in the second row. I jumped over the first row and over the barrier.


“Then I sprinted onto the pitch, but there was security guards running behind me and there was another two coming from the other corner so I just kept sprinting.

“When I saw the other two coming from the other corner I ran more towards the halfway line so then I could swerve around them but then they caught me.

“I was screaming his name as I ran towards him and he heard so he turned around. He said ‘leave her, leave her’ (to the stewards behind her).


“So then I was just calling him over to me and he came over and asked if I was ok.

“I was in tears as I was so in shock and screaming ‘can I have your jersey please, I’m a huge, huge fan’.”

Despite being frustrated all night by the Irish defence, the Portugal captain embraced the little girl who beat the security operatives stationed inside the stadium. Ronaldo, in his disappointment, still showed class in handing her his priceless shirt which Irish keeper Gavin Buzunu had asked for.

Ronaldo receives GWR certificate after breaking the international goal record


Cristiano Ronaldo made it 111 strikes for the Portuguese national team during their 2-1 in over Ireland in World Cup qualifiers

The legend surpasses Ali Daei’s long time goal’s record of 109 – the most in history of international football

Having smashed such astonishing record, Ronaldo has been presented with a Guinness World Record certificate

Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed delight having received the Guinness World Record certificate for smashing the international goal’s record with his 111 tally, Latestly reports.

The Portuguese sensation is now the all-time men’s international top scorer after netting a brace in Portugal’s 2-1 win against Ireland on Wednesday, September 1.

Ronaldo’s record-breaking moment came in the 89th minute as he scored Portugal’s equalizer before going ahead to grab the winner in the 96th minute of the tie.

Ronaldo Celebrating a goal

Recall that the Portugal captain equalled Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals after scoring twice in Portugal’s 2-2 draw against France in the Euro 2020 group stages earlier this summer, but has now surpassed the Iran legend.

He has been presented with the Guinness World Record certificate following that feat and Ronaldo has said it is good to be recognised as a record breaker.

He wrote on Instagram:

“Thank you to the Guiness World Records. Always good to be recognized as a world record breaker. Let’s keep trying to set the numbers even higher!”

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo’s appetite for breaking records is growing as he continues to feature for club and country at the highest level of the game.

To start with, the 36-year-old is the most capped Portuguese player with 180 and is the only player that has scored against most international teams (45).

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is also the only player to score in 12 consecutive international tournaments (World Cup, Euros, Confederations Cup and Nations League).

Ronaldo is one game away from breaking Ilkay Casillas Champions League appearances (177) when he begins life at Manchester United.

CR7 is the highest goalscorer in the elite competition with 134 goals and a record of 42 assists playing for United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

Cristiano Ronaldo shirt number: New Manchester United forward takes No7 from Edinson Cavani


Edinson Cavani agreed to switch to No21, the number he wears for the Uruguay national team

Cristiano Ronaldo will wear Manchester United’s No7 shirt on his return to Old Trafford. Edinson Cavani had worn 7 but agreed to switch to No21, the number he wears for the Uruguay national team.

Ronaldo wore the No7 in his first stint at the club from 2003 until 2009, when he developed from talented teenager to the best player in the world under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, scoring 118 goals in 292 appearances and winning three Premier Leagues and the Champions League.

Ronaldo inherited the shirt from David Beckham, who took it on from Eric Cantona. Previous United legends to have work No7 include George Best and Bryan Robson. The nostalgic shirt completes Ronaldo’s homecoming narrative, and he is now set to make his second debut for the club next Saturday when Newcastle visit Old Trafford.

“I wasn’t sure if it would be possible to have the number seven shirt again, so I would like to say a huge thank you to Edi for this incredible gesture,” Ronaldo said on United’s Twitter feed.

The 36-year-old scored twice in the dying minutes for Portugal against Republic of Ireland this week to break former Iranian striker Ali Daei’s world record of 109 international goals. His celebration after a 96th-minute winning header, tearing off his shirt, earned him a yellow card and a suspension, meaning he has been released early from international duty.