The Portuguese struck a dejected figure in Saturday's 2-0 humiliation to City, two weeks following United's 5-0 setback at home against Liverpool. Whenever the Portugal squad meets up for its World Cup qualifiers this week, this could be an awkward meeting. Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, as well as Ruben Dias of Manchester City have only just embarrassed two of their international team-mates.
At the same time, his colleague, Cristiano Ronaldo, dashed down the corridor after the final whistle, his gaze fixed on his feet. He had previously expressed his displeasure with a whacking tackle on Kevin De Bruyne, which left the Belgian crawling around the ground and may have culminated in more than a yellow card.
Ronaldo was upset and ashamed again two weeks after escaping a red card in United's 5-0 home defeat against Liverpool. The scoreboard was sympathetic to United on this occasion, but make no mistake: it was yet another humiliating defeat for the hosts.
Following a dominant first half in which City forced at least four high-quality clearances from David De Gea, the second half devolved into a massive rondo training run.Every single City player who entered the game at Old Trafford had many more interactions than Ronaldo or any other United player.
With over two-thirds of the control, City actually moved the ball through their helpless opponents, who had more efforts on De Gea's save than Ederson's, with Eric Bailly potentially scoring an own goal.
What a sour pill for Ronaldo to swallow. Recall that Pep Guardiola expressed some interest in moving him to the Etihad Stadium merely a few months earlier. By reverting to his previous club, Ronaldo let his emotions dominate his mind, but as he trudged painfully off the ground, he really should have thought what life would have been like if he had relocated five miles out of town.
Ronaldo has demonstrated that he is still a dangerous striker at the age of 36. He frequently seizes possibilities when they arise, as he did in the Champions League this season. However, if he wants to win championships, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner requires world-class teammates to surround him more than ever before. Juventus struggled to do this, which is why he's been so interested in leaving Turin this offseason.
As his remarkable tenure nears its end, he should now be recognizing that his choice to transfer to Old Trafford over the Etihad did not assist his chances to win another main championship at club level.
On Saturday, the disparity in quality between City versus United was glaringly apparent. Between scoring City's game-winning second goal and Bernardo's frenetic coverage of the field, United's forwards toiled without providing any creative ability.
Cancelo was a major risk, but Bruno was not, with the agile full-back putting on a lively and energetic performance. His pass for Bernardo's back-post strike was his second contribution of the encounter, coming after he scored three goals in a Champions League thrashing of Brugge in midweek.
Dias, on the other hand, was completely unbothered by Ronaldo, who would have been anticipating playing with Dias instead of against him the week after next. Of course, it wasn't simply the players on display who made a difference in quality. The difference in performance between the two teams is striking.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer crowded his defenders in the hopes of snatching a win on the counterattack, cutting the feathers of the threatening Mason Greenwood, who tracked holding midfielder Rodri, whilst Marcus Rashford as well as Jadon Sancho remained only on the pitch for the second half.
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