The pitch broke out again in the 62nd minute when Shaw burst through the middle to give Ronaldo the perfect ball. He took it with ease and shot early and powerful, and it proved too much for Woodman as it went through the keeper’s defenses to restore the lead.
Another trademark celebration and the fans were in dreamland with what they witnessed.
Easier attempts to keep possession of the ball by feeding Pogba showed his experience and he drifted right to interfere at some point. He fed Bruno in the penalty area, was always up to date and also slipped into Jesse Lingard, who won a corner.
Ole left him on when he made a double substitution, and he made a couple of passes on Shaw on either side of the advertised stoppage time as the Stretford End broke into his song again. When substitute Anthony Martial tried to find him with a cross there was one, only slight, chance of a hat-trick, and perhaps the only surprise was that he wasn’t directly involved in Lingard’s late fourth place, despite having one well after the run after Fernandes added a long-distance third.
Ronaldo ended the performance with a wink to the camera. It was one of those many moons that led some to speculate that it would be the end of Ronaldo’s career in England. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
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