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

‘He looked like all 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 attacker missed several chances in Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat
  • United were beaten 1-0 in the Europa League by Real Sociedad at Old Trafford

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

Ronaldo – in just his second start of the season – failed to capitalize on the many opportunities laid at his feet when the Red Devils lost 1-0 to the Spanish side thanks to a penalty in the second half.

Nicol said Ronaldo looked “every one of those 37 years” when 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

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 scoring opportunities in the evening.

He had the ball in the back of the net after 35 minutes on a brilliant cross from Diogo Dalot, but the goal was disallowed after the Portuguese captain ended up in an offside position.

Speak with ESPN Speaking about his performance, Nicol said: “I’ll be honest, if you mention the game, the only thing on my mind is Ronaldo clean by [on goal] and get caught by two players.

Ronaldo - in just his second start of the season - failed to capitalize on the many opportunities laid at his feet when United lost 1-0 to the Spanish side

Ronaldo - in just his second start of the season - failed to capitalize on the many opportunities laid at his feet when United lost 1-0 to the Spanish side

Ronaldo – in just his second start of the season – failed to capitalize on the many opportunities laid at his feet when United lost 1-0 to the Spanish side

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

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

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

‘That kind of comes to mind. And he had another look. He had a few other chances, not as good as that one, but something was just missing.

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

“But that’s all I can think of. The fact that Ronaldo was clean and looked all those 36, 37 years.”


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