Cristiano Ronaldo gets the first goal of the season and the first goal in the Europa League and the whole stadium joins in the Manchester United star’s ‘SIUUU’ celebration


Cristiano Ronaldo may be unhappy playing in the Europa League, but he still had the whole crowd to celebrate his first goal in the competition.

The Portuguese superstar scored the second goal of Manchester United’s away game at FC Sheriff Tiraspol which saw the home crowd join in his iconic ‘SIU’ celebration.

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Ronaldo might want to be in the Champions League but the home crowd effort still brought on a smile

It's Ronaldo's first goal of the season and even the sheriff's fans loved it

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It’s Ronaldo’s first goal of the season and even the sheriff’s fans loved it

Jadon Sancho scored the opening goal as Man United ran out comfortable 2-0 winners in Moldova.

Ronaldo endured a turbulent summer transfer window during which his agent held talks with Chelsea and Bayern Munich in a bid to secure a Champions League return, but neither effort came to fruition.

Instead, Ronaldo ended up staying at Old Trafford and is now playing in the Europa League for the first time, ending a 19-year streak in which he only played at Europe’s top tier.

That didn’t stop the 37-year-old from adding to his astonishing goalscoring record, returning to the line-up against Sheriff to score his 699th career goal from the penalty spot.

And despite his attempts to walk away from the Europa League, Ronaldo still celebrated his first goal of the season in trademark fashion with a run, jump, twist and landing, followed by a shout of “IUS”.

And despite the game being away from Old Trafford, the home crowd still joined in, showing the legends’ impact is far from tarnished despite his lack of playing time this season.

Ronaldo was a key element in United’s early defeats against Brighton and Brentford.


Ronaldo always knows how to do it on the spot

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Ronaldo always knows how to do it on the spot

Ronaldo was a key element in United’s early defeats against Brighton and Brentford.

New manager Erik ten Hag then took the bold step of dropping the five-time Champions League winner to the bench for the following game against rivals Liverpool, which ended in victory.

In fact, Ronaldo hasn’t started since in the Premier League for the Dutchman, where United have won four in a row.

But with no chance of a transfer until at least January, Ronaldo needs to get back to work and will likely have received some motivation from the Sheriff’s fans after winning his first of the season.



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