Bruno is back! but Ronaldo disappears – Fans react


Manchester United’s best performance of the season so far was overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo leaving before the end of the 2-0 win over Spurs.

Bruno Fernandes and Fred got the goals as a buoyant Manchester United side saw off Tottenham on Wednesday evening. But that wasn’t even half the story.

Indeed, the headlines will be dominated by unused sub Cristiano Ronaldo heading off down the tunnel with four minutes still to play in his side’s 2-0 win, which is a shame, as this was United’s most complete performance of the season so far.

Despite coming into the game with a chance of moving within a point of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table, Spurs were dismantled by their hosts.

Fred and Fernandes ran the show in the middle of the park, so it was only fitting that they both got on the scoresheet as Erik ten Hag’s side put their recent Manchester Derby drubbing firmly behind them and re-established themselves as a legitimate contender for a top-four finish in this season’s Premier League.

Tottenham’s performance may have been rotten, with Antonio Conte’s side once again struggling against one of the big boys, but Erik Ten Hag’s United were mightily impressive, and full value for the three points, which draws them to within four points of Spurs with a game in hand.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Below, GHANAALERT takes you through the winners, losers and player ratings from Old Trafford…

The Losers

Antonio Conte:

The Italian has rarely got his tactics as wrong as he did at Old Trafford. Manchester United were sensational but Tottenham were terrible. Had it not been for Lloris, it could’ve been four or five nil to the hosts at half time and the onslaught didn’t stop after the interval. Conte waited far too long to make changes to a team that was falling flat on its face in a game that was perhaps the greatest example of Tottenham being in a bit of a false position at this stage of the season. They’re still well in the hunt for a top-four finish, of course, but recent talk of a title challenge looks incredibly premature right now.

Son Heung-min:

Conte’s cause hasn’t been helped by the drop-off in form of last season’s Golden Boot co-winner. It was another performance to forget for the South Korea captain as he hardly had a sniff against a defence that wasn’t willing to give away an inch all night. He regularly had the ball taken off him, his passes weren’t quite finding their targets and he left Harry Kane stranded in attack on his own. If Tottenham are to put a run together in the Premier League and Champions League, Son desperately needs to get back to his very best.

Cristiano Ronaldo:

It might be surprising to see a Manchester United player labelled a ‘loser’ after a fine victory, but how else to describe the Portuguese in the circumstances? Ronaldo probably would have been in this section anyway, even before his latest strop, given United turned in such an impressive performance without him. But his characteristically petulant reaction to being left on the bench was unbecoming of a man once renowned for his professionalism. Former United captain Roy Keane may be among those who believe that Ronaldo has been disrespected by the club this season but there is no excuse for such childish antics. The sooner United get rid of Ronaldo the better, because right now he’s becoming a dreadful distraction.