Goal of the Day: Cristiano shows his class
Today's 'Goal of the Day' is from Remembrance Sunday in 2007, when our Portuguese forward ruthlessly finished off a breakaway against Blackburn...
Date: 11 November 2007, Old Trafford, Premier League
Background: Cristiano Ronaldo had six magnificent years in Manchester, although 2007/08 – the season he won the Ballon d'Or – was comfortably his best in terms of goals. Of his 42 in all competitions, a superb brace came in our 2-0 win against Blackburn on this day 12 years ago. With United slipping to second in the table in our previous game – a 2-2 draw at Arsenal – Sir Alex Ferguson’s Reds needed a win to keep pace with the Gunners, and Ronaldo’s bullet header on 34 minutes settled the team after a nervy start, before his brilliant second just a minute later...
What happened next: David Dunn’s red card made things easier for the Reds as we eased though the second half to win 2-0, meaning top spot was reclaimed.
Reaction: That strike made it 26 goals in 51 games for club and country in 2007 for United’s no.7, and Sir Alex was quick to praise the 22-year-old post-match.
“We've got young players led by Cristiano and Wayne Rooney, and more in the likes of Carlos Tevez and Nani and Anderson, but this team has to win something – they have a great chance of doing so.
“ Indeed they would, as the Reds reclaimed the Premier League by pipping Chelsea to the trophy, before beating the Blues in the Champions League final.