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Cristiano Ronaldo’s response to Antony’s opening goal for Manchester United spoke volumes as he celebrated from the substitutes’ bench after the Red Devils took the lead against Arsenal at Old Trafford. Erik ten Hag’s marquee signing took the sport by the scruff of the neck and managed to seek out the back of the online with a composed finish inside the realm as half-time approached.

Antony was slipped in by Marcus Rashford on the sting of the box and made no mistake as he guided the ball past Aaron Ramsdale and into the far corner to spark wild celebrations from the overwhelming majority of fans inside Old Trafford. Ronaldo was also visibly delighted to see United’s recent man get off to a flying start and made his feelings generally known as he stood as much as applaud the previous Ajax winger from the bench.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s response was a welcome sight for those connected with the Red Devils after a summer transfer window that was dominated by suggestions that he could leave the club after only one season back at his old stomping ground. Ronaldo was supposedly eager to cut ties with United so as to play Champions League football elsewhere, but ultimately ended up staying on their books despite reportedly instructing his representatives to seek out him one other employer.

No such move got here about for the Portuguese forward and he’ll now be forced to remain at Old Trafford until no less than January because of this of his failure to secure a summer exit. He was thought to have received just one offer from Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal, which was swiftly turned down regardless of the lucrative financial incentives that were promised to him.

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It seems as if Ronaldo has finally come to terms with the indisputable fact that he’s at United to remain in the intervening time, together with his positive response to Antony’s goal against Arsenal suggesting that he stays fully committed to the Red Devils despite pushing to depart at some point of the summer window. He has been forced to tackle a recent bench-warming role over the course of the campaign up to now, with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga having been preferred to start out in United’s previous few outings.

Ten Hag, meanwhile, recently admitted that he’s harbouring concerns over Ronaldo’s fitness levels after the 37-year-old missed a big chunk of the club’s pre-season preparations.


“I shall be his friend and sometimes I shall be his teacher, it depends upon the situation,” said Ten Hag.

“As everyone knows he didn’t have the pre-season and you can’t miss the pre-season. It’s a base and particularly in the sport we play, the way in which of play.

“We play one other type in comparison with last yr. It depends upon the demands, cooperation and certain positioning [of players], out and in of position, and the opposite thing is fitness.”

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