Steve Nicol blames Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United’s defeat to Real Sociedad


‘He looked every one of those 37 years’: Steve Nicol blames Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United’s defeat to Real Sociedad in the Europa League

  • Steve Nicol has said Cristiano Ronaldo is starting to show his age on the pitch
  • The legendary forward missed several chances in Manchester United’s 1-0 loss 
  • United were beaten 1-0 by Real Sociedad at Old Trafford in the Europa League 

Steve Nicol has blamed Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United’s defeat to Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday evening. 

Ronaldo – in just his second start of the season – failed to convert any of the multitude of chances laid at his feet as the Red Devils lost 1-0 to the Spanish side, thanks to a second half penalty. 

Nicol said Ronaldo looked ‘every one of those 37 years’ as he played his first Europa League game in 20 years and insisted there was ‘something missing’ from his performance.  

Steve Nicol has blamed Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United’s defeat to Real Sociedad

In total, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner failed to convert six good goalscoring opportunities across the evening.

He did have the ball in the back of the net in the 35th minute after a brilliant cross from Diogo Dalot, only for the goal to be disallowed after the Portugal captain strayed into an offside position.

Speaking to ESPN about his performance, Nicol said: ‘I’ll be honest, when you mention the game, the only thing I have in my head is Ronaldo clean through [on goal] and getting caught by two players. 

Ronaldo - in just his second start of the season - failed to convert any of the multitude of chances laid at his feet as United lost 1-0 to the Spanish side

Ronaldo – in just his second start of the season – failed to convert any of the multitude of chances laid at his feet as United lost 1-0 to the Spanish side

Nicol said Ronaldo looked 'every one of those 37 years' as he played his first Europa League game in 20 years

Nicol said Ronaldo looked ‘every one of those 37 years’ as he played his first Europa League game in 20 years

‘That’s kind of what springs to my mind. And he did have another look. He had a couple of other chances, not as good as that one, but there was just something missing.

‘That’s what I think about when I think of this game. There wasn’t much in it between the two sides, not that many chances in the game.

‘But that’s the only thing I can think of. The fact that Ronaldo was clean through and looked every one of those 36, 37 years.’

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