United 3-2 Norwich: Ronaldo scores his 50th club hat-trick

United 3-2 Norwich: Ronaldo scores his 50th club hat-trick
United 3-2 Norwich: Ronaldo scores his 50th club hat-trick

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 50th club career hat-trick helped Manchester United overcome a 3-0 deficit against Norwich City at Old Trafford.

The 37-year-treble old’s was his second in his last three Premier League games, and it brought him to 21 goals for the season, breaking the 20-goal barrier for the 16th time in his career.

Ronaldo now has 99 Premier League goals to his name, and United can only thank him for saving them from a humiliating day.

He gave United a two-goal lead early on, but Norwich equalised via Kieran Dowell and Teemu Pukki, only for Ronaldo to blast a free-kick winner beyond Tim Krul’s fingers in the 76th minute.

In the third minute, David de Gea rushed off his line to wonderfully deny Pukki’s attempted dink over the goalie, and Norwich would soon rue missing that great opportunity.

In the seventh minute, Ronaldo saw a fizzing 20-yard effort saved by Krul, but seconds later, United fared better, with Anthony Elanga dispossessing Ben Gibson in the penalty area and squaring for an easy close-range finish.

United maintained pressing against opponents who seemed to be vulnerable at the time, and Ronaldo added a second in the 32nd minute when he headed a corner from the right by Alex Telles past Krul.

Norwich shockingly equalised in first-half stoppage time when Pukki’s left-wing cross was glanced in at the far post by an unmarked Dowell.

After being outplayed for so long, Norwich finally equalised after 52 minutes when Pukki tucked past De Gea after Dowell played him in and the striker kept just onside.

United lacked cohesion in attack and looked disjointed throughout, with De Gea needing to save superbly from Milot Rashica to keep the hosts in the game, but Ronaldo came up with the game-winning goal from 25 yards out.

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