First competitive game after World Cup
Man United dedicate 81 words to Ronaldo in farewell
12/23/2022, 10:47 am (updated)
The World Cup final is less than a week ago and some Qatari drivers are back to everyday life. In the League Cup, Manchester United uses eight of them – with success. It is also the first competitive game without Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese superstar is given a rather cool farewell.
Manchester United have won the first game since Cristiano Ronaldo split and are in the quarter-finals of the English League Cup. In the penultimate round of 16, coach Erik ten Hag’s team won 2-0 (1-0) against second division leaders FC Burnley on Wednesday. Denmark’s Christian Eriksen (27th) and Marcus Rashford (57th) scored the goals at Old Trafford.
The club said goodbye to the Portuguese superstar in its stadium booklet, English media quoted as saying. Manchester United wrote there that the club thanked Ronaldo for his “immense contribution” on November 22 and wished his family all the best. This means the short statement with which the club made the separation from CR7 public.
The whole text is 81 words long. The statement continued: “The Portuguese superstar has scored 145 goals in two terms and 436 appearances, helping us to three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. Ronaldo was also crowned Ballon d’Or winner in 2008.” By mutual consent, United and Ronaldo terminated the employment contract shortly before the World Cup in Qatar after the Portuguese publicly attacked the club in an interview.
Eight World Cup drivers at Man United
From a sporting point of view, the game was also relevant for United: Overall, the fifth-placed Premier League team played the game with eight World Cup drivers. In addition to Eriksen (Denmark) and Rashford (England), Casemiro (Brazil), Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) and Tyrell Malacia (Netherlands) were also on the pitch from the start. Three other Qatari drivers, Brazilians Antony and Fred and Englishman Luke Shaw, also came on as substitutes. Burnley did without his Moroccan World Cup hero Anass Zaroury, who played against Croatia (1-2) in the match for third place on Saturday.
United were missing the two World Cup finalists Lisandro Martinez from Argentina and Raphael Varane from France. Just four days after the World Cup final, Manchester City and Liverpool finish the round of 16 of the English League Cup this Thursday (9 p.m. / DAZN and in the ntv.de live ticker). The Premier League begins on Monday with the traditional Boxing Day.
In addition to Manchester United, Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic also made it into the quarter-finals on Wednesday. Brighton & Hove Albion lost to Charlton Athletic on penalties without Argentinian world champion Alexis Mac Allister. Already on Tuesday Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, FC Southampton and Newcastle United advanced to the next round.
(This article was first published on Thursday, December 22, 2022.)