The step-overs were back, there was a backheel, a strop, and a contender for goal of the month. Only Cristiano Ronaldo’s characteristic celebration was missing, as he opted for a knee-slide instead. A goalscorer’s drought is usually broken by luck, not Ronaldo’s. The 15th goal of his second season at Manchester United was possibly his best and most crucial.
Since midway through the 2008-09 season, when United were champions of England, Europe, and the world, Ronaldo had not gone seven games without scoring. This time, his ineffective streak came to a stop after six games, and Ronaldo may still be able to match the 26 goals he scored the previous season.