Cristiano Ronaldo claims that his most recent personal achievement is only relevant because it gained Manchester United a crucial three points in the Champions League battle.
On Saturday afternoon, the veteran striker, 37, scored his 60th hat-trick in a long career as the Red Devils defeated Norwich City 3-2. United came into the match in bad form, having fallen 1-0 to Everton and drawn 1-1 with Leicester.
In addition, both of the top-four contenders in the Premier League dropped points in their individual matches, with Tottenham losing 1-0 at home to Brighton and Arsenal losing 1-0 at Southampton. As the thrilling run-in begins to pick up steam, only three points separate the group of clubs.
After the win over the Canaries, Ronaldo took to Instagram to promise that United will “fight to the finish” for a place in Europe’s top club competition, while also downplaying the significance of his current treble. The Portugal captain wrote, “Very thrilled with this win and for getting us back on track in the Premier League.”
“As I previously stated, individual successes are only worthwhile when they help us achieve our collective goals, and my 60th hat-trick is all the more significant because it gave us the three points.” Well done, lads; everyone put in a terrific effort. We’re not going down without a fight; we’re going to the end!” Ronaldo’s hat-trick in a match against a bottom-placed team This season, Norwich increased his tally to 21 goals in 34 appearances, guaranteeing he has scored at least 20 goals in each of the previous 17 seasons.
After the game, David de Gea hailed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, but the goalkeeper conceded United’s performance was not up to par. “Ronaldo has scored three crucial goals for us,” said the Spaniard on BBC Sport MOTD. “We know we’re not playing well, but we managed to get three points.” We need to have more control over the game against Norwich at home.
“This is a huge win for us.” We have a chance to finish in the top four, but we must battle for it. We’ll fight until the very last second for the top four spots.” Interim manager Ralf Rangnick reiterated De Gea’s concerns over United’s performance, claiming that his team was overly reliant on Ronaldo. “We didn’t play well enough,” the German said. “It’s a matter of physicality and energy.” Ronaldo was vital, just as he was against Tottenham. It wasn’t easy to score those goals; they were just spectacular. It’s pointless to be interested in other people’s results; we need to focus on our own.”