Manchester United earned an important 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday (February 11) courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo-esque objective from Rasmus Hojlund and Scott McTominay’s winner.
Erik ten Hag’s made a promising begin to the sport at Villa Park and so they took the lead within the seventeenth minute. Rasmus Hojlund’s wealthy reign of type continued because the Dane made it 5 targets in 5 consecutive video games.
Bruno Fernandes despatched an asking cross into the Villa field and it was met by the spectacular Harry Maguire. The English defender headed the ball on and Hojlund pounced, displaying striker’s intuition that Ronaldo would’ve been proud of, and fired previous Villains goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
Unai Emery’s males reacted properly and had a number of alternatives at Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana’s objective. The Cameroonian shot-stopper was compelled into a superb save from John McGinn within the twenty fourth minute. He was at full stretch to forestall the Scottish midfielder from scoring.
Onana was at it once more a minute later and produced one other fantastic save. This time he raced out to shut down Ollie Watkins and managed to maintain the English frontman at bay.
Villa headed in at halftime ruing their missed probabilities whereas United can have been comfortable to have been a objective forward. Onana was having a superb recreation and denied Watkins once more within the forty ninth minute with the Englishman’s goal-bound effort hitting him within the chest.
However, Onana could not do something about Douglas Luiz’s strike within the 67th minute as Villa lastly discovered a well past the Cameroon worldwide. He managed to disclaim Clement Lenglet at point-blank vary however Moussa Diaby volleyed in the direction of objective and Luiz reacted by firing into the again of the web.
The hosts didn’t capitalize on that equalizer and it was Manchester United who got here away with all three factors. McTominay entered the fray within the 73rd minute and he got here to the fore as he has executed on a number of events this season.
Diogo Dalot despatched a depraved cross into Villa’s field within the 86th minute and McTominay raced in the direction of it. The Scot beat Matty Cash to the ball and headed dwelling a vital winner for Ten Hag’s Red Devils.
The victory means United transfer to inside 5 factors of fifth-placed Villa and 6 factors behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. It was a must-win recreation for the guests and so they bought the job executed.
One fan in contrast Hojlund to former Red Devils famous person Ronaldo:
“Hojlund reminds me of Ronaldo at ST a bit.”
Another fan took purpose at Luiz after he shimmied whereas celebrating his objective:
“Shimmy now Douglas Luiz I dare you.”
Here’s how followers on X (previously Twitter) reacted to Manchester United’s late victory at Villa Park:
Manchester United’s Rasmus Hojlund named Cristiano Ronaldo as his idol
Hojlund has gone on document to declare that he grew up idolizing Ronaldo. The Dane is tasked with following within the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s footsteps at Old Trafford because the Red Devils’ new frontman.
The 20-year-old has been in fantastic type because the flip of the yr and has managed 11 targets and two assists in 29 video games throughout competitions this season. That’s a strong document however he nonetheless has an extended solution to go in catching his idol’s goalscoring feats.
It comes as no shock to listen to that Hojlund holds Ronaldo in excessive regard, much more so than former Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez. He mentioned (by way of GOAL):
“It needs to be Cristiano. [Wayne] Rooney and [Carlos] Tevez as properly, however Cristiano was in all probability the man. I keep in mind supporting him and following him at United, then watching him on the interval when he was at Real Madrid and Juventus, then again once more as properly. He’s all the time been my idol.”
Ronaldo loved two prolific spells at Manchester United earlier than leaving for the second time in his profession in November 2022. He bagged 145 targets and 64 assists in 346 video games throughout his time at Old Trafford.