Why Cristiano Ronaldo could miss Ralph Rangnick’s first game in charge of Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo hits 800 goals
Thanks to his brace against Arsenal, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in history to score more than 800 official professional goals.
Very happy to become the first football player to score more than 800 official goals. What an amazing and unforgettable run this is becoming… Thank you to all my supporters for always standing by my side. 801 and still counting!🙏🏽👊🏽 pic.twitter.com/1UqngjqE8V
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 3, 2021
Ronaldo was on hand to sweep home early in the second half to hand Manchester United the lead, taking his tally to 800 goals across his career.
Manchester United—130 ⚽
Real Madrid—450 ⚽
801 goals and counting for Cristiano Ronaldo 😤 pic.twitter.com/gwZb8LW6Av
— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 3, 2021
Then, after an unnecessary challenge by Martin Odegaard on Fred inside the box, the Portuguese star stepped up to convert a penalty for what proved to be the winner.
Cristiano Ronaldo is just ridiculous 👏@Evra, @AlanShearer & Thierry Henry laud a football legend 🐐#PLonPrime #MUNARS pic.twitter.com/tbwMbhwz0W
— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 2, 2021
But will he be involved against Crystal Palace?
Ronaldo a doubt for Palace
Now, however, he may not be involved against Crystal Palace, Rangnick’s first game in charge, on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils return to Old Trafford to take on Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace, who have lost their last two games.
However, if reports are to be believed, Ronaldo may be an injury doubt.
As per both The Sun and The Mirror, Ronaldo could well have suffered a knee injury during his iconic Siu celebration, limping down the tunnel upon being substituted late in the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘major doubt’ vs Crystal Palace amid fears celebration resulted in injuryhttps://t.co/spR9vaKR2V pic.twitter.com/nRWnxa7ALo
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) December 4, 2021
Should Ronaldo prove unfit to start, the mantle could well be passed onto Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial, but they do not have quite the same aura or clinical finishing as the main man.