Cristiano Ronaldo has had a difficult start to the season, but he appeared in better spirits after putting the ball through Lisandro Martinez’s legs.
Throughout the summer, the Portuguese icon worked tirelessly to secure his departure from Old Trafford. However, he couldn’t force a transfer through and ultimately, his attitude annoyed the side’s new manager, Erik ten Hag, who’s felt no obligation to give him game time.
The Dutchman chose against playing the 37-year-old during the club’s 6-3 loss in the Manchester derby, which the manager admitted left his player extremely frustrated.
As per The Daily Mail, Ten Hag said: “He’s not happy that he wasn’t playing Sunday, but that wasn’t the question. The question was about his mood when he’s around and if he’s happy. Of course, he wants to play, he’s p***ed off when he’s not playing.
“I can’t see that relation, that he’s not coming when we’re 4-0, 5-1, 6-1 down. I didn’t bring him out of respect. It’s nothing to do with what’s happening for the future or January or next year.”
Regardless, Ronaldo is back on the training ground and working hard ahead of United’s Europa League game against Cypriot side Omonia. But to get back in the starting line-up, he’ll have to impress the gaffer, and he’ll hope his piece of cheeky trickery will have done just that.
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Cristiano Ronaldo Nutmegs Lisandro Martinez
Throughout his career, the forward has captivated fans and terrified defenders with his dazzling skills. Therefore, you’d have hoped being on the same team as the legend, would protect you from his wrath. But sadly, by the looks of things, it doesn’t.
During preparations for the side’s next match, the United man left Martinez in the dust with a savage Nutmeg. Subsequently, a clearly proud Ronaldo began to flail his arms about as he struggled to contain his overwhelming sense of jubilation.
Fans will hope his newfound sense of positity will translate to his upcoming performances on the field.
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