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[OPINION] Ronaldo Is A Manchester United Legend

Long before kick-off, a banner showing the faces of Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, and Bryan Robson was unfurled in the Stretford End, reading 'Standards.' They were raised by Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo deserves to be grouped alongside captains like Cantona, Keane, and Robson during United's heyday in the 1990s. If the Portuguese inherited the armband under new management, many at Old Trafford would be happy. He sets an example for others to follow.

When Bruno Fernandes equalized, Ralf Rangnick gazed stoically. For both of Ronaldo's goals, he rose and clasped his hands together. Under the floodlights, the 36-year-aura old's shone so brilliantly that Jadon Sancho, a rising number seven himself, executed Ronaldo's celebration in perfect time. Ronaldo's number seven predecessor, David Beckham, looked on with approval. On Friday morning, Rangnick will undoubtedly answer questions about Ronaldo in the Old Trafford press conference room, but there can be no dispute about Ronaldo's importance. Since his return in August, he has scored in all four Premier League victories for United, including the winner in three of them. For the first time in what seemed like an eternity, Ronaldo guaranteed that United players marched off the pitch to the tune of 'Glorious glory Man United.'

In another nod to United's former domination over Arsenal, Patrice Evra appeared in the studio, while Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher stood side-by-side in the dugout. This was United's first league victory over Arsenal since Arsene Wenger's departure in 2018, and it also marked the end of Carrick's interim managership. To tremendous cheers and the sound of his chant, he vanished through the tunnel at full speed. Carrick's garlanded 15-and-a-half-year United career came to an end with that goal.

Rangnick's appearance was low-key, and it coincided with another Stretford End banner paying tribute to the manager who was booed by many supporters only a few weeks ago. Throughout the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's name was sung loudly, often, and appropriately. Despite the horrific previous two months, Carrick emphasized Solskjaer's legacy in his lone programme notes.

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