Ronaldo scores 50th club hat-trick amid fan protests
Cristiano Ronaldo completed his 60th career hat-trick on Saturday as Manchester United beat Norwich 3-2, sparking angry protests from fans.
As the Red Devils exited the Champions League and were in danger of not qualifying for next season’s, angry members of the 1958 group of supporters continued to express their opposition to owning the Glazer family, and on Twitter “nothing changed the snake’s head was removed.”
Continuing the protest from outside the Carrington training ground on Friday, a group of 1958 supporters entered the Munich Tunnel under the South Stand with riot police and stewards.
The organizers requested that fans not enter Old Trafford until 17 minutes after the start of the match in protest against the 17 – year Glazers rule, and many empty seats appeared during the kick-off on the field.
According to To the Daily Mail, at least 2,000 fans followed that advice and a crowd chanted “We want the glazer out” and “Joel Glazer gonna die”, displaying banners and setting up red smoke as they marched towards the tunnel in March.
“We respect the right of fans to have their views heard peacefully and we will continue to listen to them with the aim of working together to bring the club back to where we all want it to be: competing for trophies,” a spokesman said. The club then swore.
The long-suffering United loyalists are already frustrated with the outfit that has won just three games in their last 12 outings, further frustrating when their team exploded a 2-0 lead provided by Ronald Brace.
During the match, the teams chanted “We want the glazers out” and “You’re not good enough to wear the shirt”, but substitute Paul Pogba, whose contract was coming to an end, was also abused.
With 14 minutes left, five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo struck again with a superb free kick – his first in almost two years – to put United three points ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
At the personal level, the 37-year-old completed his 50th club hat-trick and 60th total after scoring 10 against Portugal.
In perfect symmetry, the iconic number ‘7’ took home the match ball 30 times before he was 30 and then 30 times.
Ronaldo’s last move to United since reaching the club for a second spell from Juventus reached Deadline Day last summer.
Brand Report Alleged allegation that the veteran did not appear in the plans of potential new manager Eric Ten Hogg through the Daily Star, and that Ajax strategist Ronaldo did not think his style of play would fit.
Although Ten Hogg has yet to confirm the replacement of interim coach Ralph Rangnik, the 2019 Champions League semi-finalist has been at the forefront of the post, citing Ronaldo’s age and luxury player status as other motives for not wanting to work with him.
If United fail to qualify for the UCL, Ronaldo, who has scored 15 goals in the Premier League this term, is unlikely to stick.