Cristiano Ronaldo’s 50th club career hat-trick, which included a stunning late free-kick, earned Manchester United a 3-2 victory over Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday, which pretty much kept their first four hopes alive. urge.
United fans staged a protest against the property outside the clubs’ Carrington training ground on Friday and it continued ahead of the clash with Norwich as thousands of supporters marched off the pitch.
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But with the protest still ongoing, United – who had won just one of their last seven games before this match – looked set to run away as they trailed 2-0 inside the opening 32 minutes.
Ronaldo netted his first after just seven minutes as Anthony Elanga grabbed defender Ben Gibson in possession at the edge of the Norwich penalty area to tee off the Portugal striker who finished from close range .
United’s No.7 got his second just after the half-hour mark as he passed Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul from a corner.
But Norwich scored a goal in first-half stoppage time. Teemu Pukki picked an unmarked Kieran Dowell to head home just inside the penalty area.
And the Premier League’s bottom side were level at 52 minutes as Dowell set up Pukki for that chance, with the Finland international beating the offside trap and maintaining his composure to find the back of the net at the start. inside the post.
But in the 76th minute, Ronaldo was United’s hero again as he sealed victory with a superb free-kick to complete his second hat-trick of the campaign.
After the match, United goalkeeper David de Gea said Ronaldo’s hat-trick meant United could still challenge for a top-four spot, but called on his side to give more.
« Ronaldo scored three very important goals for us, » said the Spanish international. “We know we’re not playing very well, but we got three points.
“We should control the game against Norwich at home better. A massive win for us. We still have a chance to finish in the top four and we have to fight for it.
“We will fight for the top four until the last second. »