Ronaldo steals the show with a hat-trick

With Tottenham Hotspur losing 0-1 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion earlier in the day, the door was open for United to close on the Champions League qualification places and it just about took advantage.
Ronaldo steals the show with a hat-trick
Cristiano Ronaldo Image Courtesy: AP

MANCHESTER: Cristiano Ronaldo’s 50th club career hat-trick earned below-par Manchester United a 3-2 Premier League victory over Norwich City on Saturday amid scenes of fan protest at Old Trafford.

With Tottenham Hotspur losing 0-1 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion earlier in the day, the door was open for United to close on the Champions League qualification places and it just about took advantage. A first-half double from Ronaldo seemingly put the host on course for a comfortable win in the sunshine.

However, Kieran Dowell’s goal out of nowhere in first-half stoppage time got the visitor back into the contest. Finnish forward Teemu Pukki made it 2-2 seven minutes after the break to stun Old Trafford into silence. But, Ronaldo stole the show with a sensational winner 14 minutes from time to drag United out of the mire. Meanwhile, Arsenal slumped to a 0-1 defeat at Southampton.

Tottenham (57 points), United (54 points) and Arsenal (54 points) are currently placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in the table.

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