Cristiano Ronaldo closed in on his 700th club goal by converting a penalty in Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Sheriff.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal of the season as Manchester United got their UEFA Europa League campaign up and running with a 2-0 win at Sheriff on Thursday.
Ronaldo, picked to lead as Erik ten Hag kept rotation to a minimum against the side that stunned Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League, slotted home a first-half penalty to make it 2-0 for United after Jadon Sancho opened the scoring. scoring.
Ronaldo moved to 699 club goals with his free-kick and missed the chance to reach the 700 milestone after the break, but United produced a controlled performance to see out victory.
Manchester United needed three points after last time’s home defeat to Real Sociedad in their Group E opener.
Although Sheriff started well, Manchester United took the lead with their first real attack on 17 minutes when Sancho turned Christian Eriksen’s pass to tuck a neat finish into the bottom right corner.
Iyayi Atiemwen curled in from the bottom left corner with David de Gea unmarked before Stjepan Radeljic denied Sancho a second with a heroic goal-line clearance.
Manchester United were soon presented with an opportunity to double their lead through Patrick Kpozo, who was fouled by Diogo Dalot.
Ronaldo, who has had to settle for a substitute role in Manchester United’s last four Premier League games, slotted the penalty straight into the middle.
Radeljic was on hand to clear again when Ronaldo hit the back post after the break before Rasheed Akanbi almost caught De Gea with a sumptuous long-range lob.
Ronaldo volleyed into the top-right corner from 18 yards as the chance for his 700th club goal went begging, even as United had little trouble sealing a fifth win in their last six games.
1. Man Utd (4-3-3)
GK: David de Gea – 6/10 –
RB: Diogo Dalot – 7/10
CB: Raphael Varane – 6/10
CB: Lisandro Martinez – 6/10 –
LB: Tyrell Malacia – 6/10
CM: Scott McTominay – 6/10
CM: Christian Eriksen – 8/10
CM: Bruno Fernandes – 7/10
RW: Antony – 6/10
ST: Cristiano Ronaldo – 6/10
LW: Jadon Sancho – 8/10 –