Debut matches don’t come more hyped than Cristiano Ronaldo’s return as a Manchester United player. Regardless of the extreme focus on the match, the Portuguese forward provided exactly the kind of performance the Old Trafford hierarchy might have expected. Here are his stats in fantasy football since his return to the Premier League.
Ronaldo, the second-best striker in the EPL in Gameweek 4
Cristiano Ronaldo was used, predictably, as a lone striker in United’s match against Newcastle. While the first half proved an even affair, the Red Devils’ superior attacking strength finally unbalanced the game and helped the team to a 4-1 victory.
Ronaldo has spent little time getting readjusted. CR7 scored twice on his debut, contributing decisively to a victory that puts United in the top position in the Premier League.
Cristiano Ronaldo received 45.5 points in Gameweek 4 of the fantasy football contest set up by FootballCoin. The only other forward to have scored more points was Nicolas Pepe. The Frenchman managed 56.7 at the back of one of his very best performances for Arsenal since earning the transfer from Ligue 1.
Contributing to Manchester United’s overall performance
Doubts were cast ahead of the match that Ronaldo’s involvement would be one reserved for the team’s attack. And, while the Portuguese played in an advanced position, his pressing helped unnerve the opposition goalkeeper Eddie Woodman throughout the match.
Furthermore, Ronaldo consistently looked to get himself into space and take advantage of the quality of passes provided by United’s midfielders. Besides the two goals, the player also had two shots off target and two more that were blocked.
Also, Ronaldo had a succesful pass rate of 87%. The striker rarely ventured to try and dribble excessively and his performance help complement the team’s overall style. It is true though that Ronaldo’s relative lack of defensive duties can prove to be a burden on the team’s ability to guard against the attacks of a stronger opponent.
Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the best players in the EPL in Gameweek 4. Will you be choosing him for your FootballCoin team in Gameweek 5? Make your choices and get ready to win daily prizes.