Premier League: Ronaldo’s 100th goal is not enough for Manchester United

Briefly but painfully, Granit Xhaka ended Manchester United’s realistic hopes of ending the cursed season in fourth place in the Premier League, a qualifying place for the Champions League. The Swiss international scored Arsenal’s third goal in the 70th minute with a hammer kick into the corner of the goal from about 20 meters away. It was United’s ‘hammer strike’, the colossal disappointment that Ralf Rangnick’s side could not recover from in the closing stages of the match in London.

On the other hand, Xhaka’s first goal of the season caused a cry of relief from Arsenal fans on the field after three consecutive defeats earlier in the month that temporarily put Arsenal in good shape to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since then. 2016. Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta and all the substitutes could not stay in their seats after the goal, and most of the participants immediately ran to the corner flag to cheer Xhaka. Arteta rejoiced that it was a “great achievement” for his team in a match that included “everything”. However, the race for the first class will remain “the roller coaster ride”.

With a hard fought 3-1 (2-1) against Manchester United – who missed top-tier chances especially in the second half and even put a penalty kick on the post by Bruno Fernandes (57th minute) – Arsenal won the first of what is believed to be their two clash back to the first degree. It now appears, at least, that record-breaking champions United are decisively left behind.

With four games remaining, Arsenal are six points ahead of Manchester and still have a game to play. The three-way battle to return to the Champions League has thus turned into a duel between London’s arch-rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, who played just 0-0 at Brentford on Saturday night and are therefore now two points behind Arsenal.

Lots of Explanation for Low Yield: Ralph Rangnick with Jadon Sancho.

(Photo: David Klein/Reuters)

On the other hand, United have suffered four consecutive bankruptcies away from home in the league for the first time in 51 years. Rangnick summed it up that fourth place was “unlikely” for Manchester even before the match, but after such a “disappointing defeat despite improved performance”, the goal was now “final”.

Gone are the golden years for both clubs, when Arsenal and United regularly fought for the championship. However, this has not detracted from the explosion of the game, because without the funding of the Champions League, both clubs fear that they will be increasingly left behind at the national and international levels. Former title contenders are still reeling from the fallout from eternal coaches Arsene Wenger (22-year-old Arsenal) and Alex Ferguson (27-year-old United), both of whom have caused a painful restructuring.

As a result of Wenger’s withdrawal in the summer of 2018, Arsenal attempted a return to the First Division, with the club incurring a loss of around €400m in the transfer market since then. Only when Arsenal slid this way (and money was likely running out) did the club begin to invest more in internal talent at the start of the pandemic and strengthen itself with other rising professionals. clubs.

After a bomb threat, Rangnick takes captain Harry Maguire from the starting lineup

It appears that this insight – that it is no longer enough in major football nowadays to stockpile supposed elite players at sky-high prices – is now reaching Manchester United, too. Nine years after Ferguson’s retirement, during which the club has invested nearly €1 billion more in new players than it earned by leaving them, United must proudly admit they have hit a temporary low. Never before in the Premier League has a club scored fewer points after 34 games than it does now (54).

The alarming discontent of the fans culminated this week with a bomb threat to captain Harry Maguire, who was ousted from Rangnick from the starting line-up to protect him from Arsenal. The club’s predicament, which Rangnick likened to “open-heart surgery”, turned into a desperate appearance in London, where United tried bravely, but ultimately frantically and without fortune, to turn around an early deficit.

Premier League: Cristiano Ronaldo pointed his index finger at the sky after his goal.

After scoring, Cristiano Ronaldo pointed his finger at the sky.

(Photo: David Klein/Reuters)

Nuno Tavares’ early goal – in the third minute – reflected the confusion as two United defenders threw the ball in a row. Appropriately, Alex Telles also conceded a clumsy penalty kick which Bukayo Saka turned to make it 2-0 (33). Despite the unfavorable course of the match, United – unlike the 0:4 at Liverpool on Tuesday – did not hold back. Right-back Diogo Dalot came close to a tie twice from open play, failing once over the crossbar (24) and once against the post (63).

But, as is often the case in the season, only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored for United, meanwhile 1:2 (34). After the goal, Ronaldo pointed his index finger at the sky – in memory of his twin son who died earlier this week in childbirth. It was Ronaldo’s 100th Premier League goal for the club, something that Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney had previously achieved.

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