What Cristiano Ronaldo needs to do against Burnley to avoid matching unwanted record
Cristiano Ronaldo broke character somewhat by missing a first-half penalty against Middlesbrough, an event that went on to have massive consequences as the Red Devils were sent packing on penalties by Chris Wilder’s side in front of a silent Old Trafford.
😲 @Cristiano puts his penalty wide!#EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/AwLpf9V3cK
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In doing so, the Portugal star made it four consecutive club games without a goal. Now, with a trip to Turf Moor on Tuesday against a potentially tricky Burnley side, Ronaldo will have to find the back of the net in order to avoid equalling his worst goalscoring drought at club level since 2010.
Last time, while at Real Madrid, a 25-year-old Ronaldo failed to score against Malaga on the final day of the 2009-10 season, before drawing blanks against Mallorca, Osasuna, Sociedad and Ajax in the opening four games of the next campaign.
With just 2 goals in his last eight games for the Red Devils, there is no guarantee that he will be handed a start against Sean Dyche’s side, with Edinson Cavani due to be back in the fold. Knowing the fierce competitor that Ronaldo is, however, he will no doubt be aware of his situation, and be desperate to turn it around.
What do United do in the summer?
Given Ronaldo’s competitive spirit, there is little chance that he will settle for a role on the bench for Manchester United, yet come the summer the 37 year old could be the only striker left at the club, with Edinson Cavani set to depart and Anthony Martial’s future looking increasingly unlikely to lie at Old Trafford.
Reports have linked the club with Erling Haaland and Alexander Isak, but should they bring another expensive forward in, it may upset their current number 7.